IWC 18K Automatic
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Simple. Refined. Understated.
When choosing a good dress watch, one should be conscious of it's role: A dress watch should not leap from the wrist, declaring its presence obnoxiously to onlookers. It should be a subtle companion that accents the wearer and his outfit. Ideally a precious metal, a dress watch should also be simple and clean, without the noise of chronograph or other functions.
While the International Watch Company is often associated with their lovely Portuguese chronographs, sturdy Aquatimer divers, Big Pilot aviators, or their 70's inspired Ingenieur SLs, it has also been a longstanding manufacture of some of the most beautiful dress watches we can think of. With a solid 18K yellow gold cushion case, this IWC Schaffhausen fits the bill for wrist attire in any setting where a little class goes a long way.
As with many of IWC's watches, the true beauty of the timepiece is on the inside. In this case, the mechanical genius comes in the form of the Calibre 8541B automatic movement, long considered one of IWC's best engineered movements. Easy to service and incredibly accurate, it is also compact enough to make this a relatively slim-wearing watch for the era, measuring in at only 11.2mm from case back to crystal.
This particular example dates to the 1970s and is in remarkable original condition. The 36mm cushion case retains crisp lines and brushing and is perfectly accented by the clean gold tone sunburst dial and hands. Paired with a Horween Shell Cordovan strap with matching gold hardware, this IWC is ready for formal wear. And, with the added benefit of a date function, this piece would make an extraordinary everyday dress or business piece. Whatever the use, there is no denying that this IWC's classic stylings and robust movement make it a lovely and desirable piece.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
IWC 18K Automatic