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IWC 1961 Vintage Mens Watch Cal. 853 Automatic - Platinum

Pre-owned () | Year of production 1961 | No original box | No original papers
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Listing code JWSDW1
Brand IWC
Reference number 9596
Dealer product code 9596
Movement Automatic
Case material Platinum
Bracelet material Leather
Year of production 1961
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee
Price $4,156
Availability Item is in stock


Movement Automatic
Caliber/movement 853
Number of jewels 21


Case material Platinum
Case diameter 35.5 x 44 mm
Crystal Plastic
Dial Silver


Bracelet material Leather
Bracelet color Black


1961 IWC Vintage Mens Watch, Cal. 853 Automatic - Platinum

Gorgeous Restored Condition - Ingenieur Movement - 1 Year Warranty

The superior automatic IWC featured in today's offering is a rare example made for the Japanese market encased in platinum and powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 853 movement.

This mechanism's automatic winding system is a technical masterpiece, earning it high praise - Gisbert Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli in their work, Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets, proclaimed the 853x "one of the best automatic movements ever built in Switzerland."

And the famous watchmaker Donald de Carle, in his book Complicated Watches and their Repair, stated that IWC's special automatic winding mechanism was "a simple and ingenious system, well constructed and beautifully finished."

IWC built it in 1961 at the same time they were building their famous Ingenieur line. These dress watches were more elegant than the pragmatic Ingenieur but shared the high-performance timekeeping qualities in normal wearing conditions. And compared to an Ingenieur, because they do not have a second inner back, the cases are thinner and lighter on the wrist.

While the vast majority of these were made in stainless steel with some also being made in 18K gold and a few gold plated cases, only very few were made in platinum.

It is encased in the watch's original contract case made for IWC for the Japanese market by Isomura and correctly stamped on the inside. It has wonderfully long lugs which make it 44mm long lug tip-to-tip. And its diameter is 35.5mm, about the size of a Rolex Datejust from the period.

It is fully IWC down to the dial, hands, and signed winding crown. It has just finished a true expertly done restoration and presents in gorgeous condition.

Its very rare platinum case is just short of mint with two light indentions in the back. It presents gorgeously on the wrist. Its dial has been expertly restored and presents as mint.

A Master Watchmaker has freshly overhauled its movement. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new IWC in our testing recording position.

Detailed Appraisal:

Manufacturer: IWC

City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Serial no.: 1,556,632

Year built: 1961

Case no.: 15551

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds

Designed for: Men 

Dimensions: 35.5mm wide (without crown), 44mm lugs tip-to-tip

Case condition: Presents as just short of mint with two light indentions in the back. Light signs of previous polishing. On the wrist it presents gorgeously.

Case markings (inside): Platina, case number, International Watch Co., IWC Probus Scafusia, Swiss

Dial: Silver, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, faceted baton indexes, outer minute track, expertly restored

Hands: Original, batons

Jewels: 21 rubies

Band: Leather (aftermarket) , fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock lizard and a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.

Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition

Movement: IWC caliber 853, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator

Serviced: A Master Watchmaker has overhauled it. It is running strong and true.

Timed: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running extremely strong and true, keeping time on par with a brand new IWC in our testing recording position.

Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please message us for details. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center. He also has done authorized watchmaking work for the Richemont Group's Service Center, IWC Schaffhausen, and many others.

Box/Papers: BOX - Watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate

SKU 9596

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