IWC - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: 1986
    Reference No: 3509
    Movement No: 2'406'555
    Case No: 2'388'606
    Model Name: Ocean 2000 Bund
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3752, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Titanium IWC bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium IWC deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by IWC blank Guarantee card, nylon strap, bracelet removal tool, product literature, IWC tag, presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with IWC Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch on its subsequent sale on December 5, 1986.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Porsche Design Bund line of wristwatches holds a place of special importance within the history of the company as it is the last line of watches made specifically for military purposes. It is a "spin off" of the Porsche Design Ocean 2000 line of timepieces launched in the early 1980s - itself a continuation of the collaboration between PD and IWC which had begun in 1978. Concurrently to the launch of the civilian model, IWC obtained a contract from the West Germany Army to realized military versions of the watches. As it often happens in watchmaking, these military pieces had different specs from the civilian models. Most notably, they feature orange seconds hand, black bezel, a flat crystal and a nylon strap (the titanium bracelet was optional). Interestingly, while the civilian version was rated to 2000 meters below sea level (thus its name "Ocean 2000"), the military version was only tested up to 300 m.

    Three different models were made for the Navy: a "Kampftaucheruhr" (combat diver) model, bearing ref. 3314 or 3315 introduced in 1983; a "Minentaucheruhr" (minesweeper models) ref. 3519, and the present "Taucheruhr" (diver) model ref. 3509 (and its sibling ref. 3529).

    For the Taucheruhr model, an upgraded movement with 22 jewels instead of 21 (the difference lying in jewels replacing rotor bearings) with a frequency of 28'800 half-beats/hour was devised. First examples bear calibre 375, later replaced by its upgraded version cal. 3752. The caseback bears the "BUND" designation along with the stock number, which for ref. 3509 can be either 6645-12-8096 or 6645-12-197-9681.

    The present example of this remarkable model is not only offered complete of all its original accessories, but furthermore in absolutely original and unrestored condition, an absolute gem for the collector of scarce and historically relevant timepieces.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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Ref. 3509
A historically interesting, full set and new-old-stock titanium diver's wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, Guarantee and box, made for the West Germany Navy

42.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF20,160

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021