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IWC 1962 Vintage Mens Watch Cal. 853 Automatic - Stainless Steel

Pre-owned () | Year of production 1962 | No original box | No original papers
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Listing code J2RO35
Brand IWC
Reference number 9521
Dealer product code 9521
Movement Automatic
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Calf skin
Year of production 1962
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee
Price $2,075
Availability Item is in stock


Movement Automatic
Caliber/movement 853
Number of jewels 21


Case material Steel
Case diameter 35 x 42 mm
Crystal Plastic
Dial Black
Dial numerals Roman numerals


Bracelet material Calf skin
Bracelet color Black


1962 IWC Vintage Mens Watch, Cal. 853 Automatic - Stainless Steel

Gorgeous Restored Condition - Movement Used in the Ingenieur - 1 Year Warranty

The very fine and meticulously restored automatic IWC showcased in today's offering is 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 it "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 the movement of this very fine wristwatch in 1962 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.

It is fully IWC down to the hands and signed crown. It has just finished a true expertly done restoration and presents as perfect mint - a 9.7 out of 10.

The full size case presents as mint - our photos couldn't do it justice. Its dial has been expertly restored and presents as mint.

As part of the restoration the movement has been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker. It winds smoothly. Photos of the inside available upon request.

It is running very strong and true, keeping time nearly on par with a new IWC in our testing recording position.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a new calfskin leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.

A more than six decade old IWC that amazingly looks like new on the wrist!

Detailed Appraisal:

Manufacturer: IWC

City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Serial no.: 1,644,450

Case no.: 1,664,930

Year built: 1962

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds

Designed for: Men 

Dimensions: 35mm wide (without crown), 42mm lugs tip-to-tip

Case condition: Presents as mint. Some aging inside the engine bay as is common with these and is not visible unless the back is removed. On the wrist it presents as gorgeous mint.

Case markings (inside): International Watch Co., Swiss, Staybrite, Steel, IWC logo and case number

Dial: Matte black, signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, silver painted Roman indexes, outer minute track, expertly restored.

Hands: Original, steel dauphines

Jewels: 21 rubies

Band: Calfskin leather, 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: Yes, freshly fully serviced by a Master Watchmaker. It winds smoothly. It is running very strong and true, keeping time nearly on par with a new IWC in our testing recording position.

Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system.

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 and has done authorized work for the Richemont service center and their brands, the owner of IWC.

Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please message us for details.

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

SKU 9521

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