IWC Dress Watch

Regular price
$2,990
Regular price
Sale price
$2,990
Automatic-winding
35 MM
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SKU AS09714
Article Number 40970122
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes Multi-link Gay Freres bracelet with signed locking clasp.
overall condition Great condition throughout. Case and bracelet are strong showing factory finishing and light wear consistent with age and use. Dial is superb.
Automatic-winding
35 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09714
Article Number 40970122
case size 35 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 18 MM
Includes Multi-link Gay Freres bracelet with signed locking clasp.
overall condition Great condition throughout. Case and bracelet are strong showing factory finishing and light wear consistent with age and use. Dial is superb.

Why We Love it

Simple. Refined. Understated.

When choosing a good dress watch, one should be conscious of its role: A dress watch should not leap from the wrist, declaring its presence to onlookers. It should be a subtle companion that accents the wearer and his outfit. In its purest form, a dress watch should 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 and simple dress watches. With a simple, circular stainless steel case, this IWC Schaffhausen is pretty much the perfect dress watch — we might even argue a perfect everyday watch.

As with many of IWC's watches, the true beauty of the timepiece is on the inside. In this case, the 21-jewel Calibre 8531 automatic movement is a true workhorse (a movement that made its way inside many of the IWC Ingenieurs of the era) coming in at just under 9mm in thickness, making this an extremely comfortable and versatile wear.

This particular piece dates back to the 1960s and features a 35mm stainless steel case with a domed acrylic crystal, ‘holey’ lugs and a correct ‘IWC fish’ signed crown. Perfectly accented by a rare, matte black ‘Pie Pan’ dial, this exceptional piece features a matching ‘dauphine’ handset; applied, polished indices; date indicator at 3 o’clock accompanied by an integrated magnifier, ‘dot’ minute track and the oh-so-charming International Watch Co. signature.

For the bracelet aficionados, this vintage IWC features a multi-link Gay Freres bracelet with an IWC signed locking clasp.

Heavenly.

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 timepiece to own. 

Brand Story

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When an American watchmaker named Florentine Ariosto Jones arrived in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1868, he found a city almost frozen in time. Though the Industrial Revolution had swept through America, in Switzerland the situation was very different. Watchmakers still plied their trades by their own firesides, as they had done for centuries. But Jones had in mind something different — an American-style factory where the watches would be designed and assembled in keeping with the old Swiss ways. His methods caught on, and soon there were 196 people employed at his factory.

Though the International Watch Company was founded 35 years before Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flight, the association between IWC and aviation began just as the age of flight dawned: A pocket watch made by the company in the 1890s found its way into the pocket of one Robert Albert Lotter, a pilot in the German Luftwaffe who served with distinction during the First World War.

Two decades later, in 1936, IWC released a watch that set the standard for pilot’s watch design, the Spezialuhr für Flieger, or Special Pilot's Watch. Another would follow in 1940, the Beobachtungs-ühren (“observation watch”), which spawned an entire model line in IWC’s current collection called the Big Pilot. However, despite the Big Pilot’s current popularity, it was the Special Pilot’s Watch that would lay the cornerstone for IWC’s most iconic line: the Mark series of pilot’s watches.
IWC released the Mark XI in 1948 according to specifications set forth by the British Ministry of Defense. These watches had to be legible, compact, and able to withstand exposure to the magnetic fields emitted by instruments in an airplane’s cockpit. The Mark XI, therefore, had a black dial with large luminous Arabic numbers, while its incredibly robust Calibre 89 movement was encased in an iron cage. (Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, IWC would produce myriad dress watches in steel and gold based upon the Calibre 89 movement, which remain relatively plentiful on the vintage market.)
The Mark XI served as the basis for design inspiration for a robust line of pilot’s watches still being produced today – easily identifiable by their clean, uncluttered dials, robust cases, and outstanding quality.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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