IWC Mark XII

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SKU AS01473
SKU AS01473

Why We Love it

From IWC's earliest days, the brand established itself as a manufacturer of aviation watches. This marriage of IWC and aviation began with the production of the first watch ever developed solely for aviation, the Spezialuhr für Flieger or Special Pilot's Watch, in 1936. The Special Pilot's Watch later became known to collectors as the Mark IX, the progenitor of IWC's fabled Mark series of pilot's watches.

The Mark IX more or less set the standard for what aviator's watches would look and feel like. It had a black dial, large luminescent numerals and indices, and--most importantly--a shock-absorbent movement, the caliber 83. Production of the Mark IX ceased in 1944 and the model was supplanted by the Mark X. 

The Mark X, produced from 1944 to 1948, saw combat during World War II. This is one of the famous "Dirty Dozen" produced by the twelve manufacturers that met standards passed down by the British Ministry of Defense. With case backs stamped "WWW" for "Watch Wristlet Waterproof," these watches were, as one can infer from the name, waterproof, shock-absorbent, and bore the looks (black dial, luminous hands) already typified by the "Mark IX."

As aviation became militarized, the importance of watches as navigational tools increased. Once again the British Ministry of Defense called upon manufacturers to design watches that could meet the rigorous standards required for military use. Therefore, in the late 1940s, the Ministry of Defense initiated a project to develop a watch designed exclusively for military aviation. The new standard issue, which the MOD coded 6B/346, required chronometer-grade and anti-magnetic movements. The MoD gave the contract to two manufacturers: Jaeger-LeCoultre and, of course, IWC. 

In creating the Mark XI, IWC met the antimagnetic properties set forth by the MoD by covering the movement with a soft iron cage. The Mark XI was fitted with the Caliber 89, regarded as perhaps the most robust three-hand movements of all time. The Caliber 89 runs at 18,000 bph and features a double barrel, a Breguet hairspring, and a drive for the sweeping seconds hand that IWC patented. 

The Mark XI entered military service in 1949 and was decommissioned in 1981. It was not replaced in the Mark line until 1993, when the Mark XII was introduced. The Mark XII maintained the look and the feel of the Mark XI, but featured an automatic movement and a date wheel. The movement, the IWC caliber 884/2, was based on the JLC caliber 889/2. 

The Mark XII, more refined than its predecessors, launched the Mark line into the realm of civilian wear. And yet it retains the austerity of the military watches it succeeds, with a stainless steel case in un-fussy matte finishing. Attractive and versatile, it's at home on the modern wrist, a perfect marriage of military precision and modern sensibilities. 

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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.

IWC Mark XII

IWC Mark XII

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IWC Mark XII

Why We Love it

From IWC's earliest days, the brand established itself as a manufacturer of aviation watches. This marriage of IWC and aviation began with the production of the first watch ever developed solely for aviation, the Spezialuhr für Flieger or Special Pilot's Watch, in 1936. The Special Pilot's Watch later became known to collectors as the Mark IX, the progenitor of IWC's fabled Mark series of pilot's watches.

The Mark IX more or less set the standard for what aviator's watches would look and feel like. It had a black dial, large luminescent numerals and indices, and--most importantly--a shock-absorbent movement, the caliber 83. Production of the Mark IX ceased in 1944 and the model was supplanted by the Mark X. 

The Mark X, produced from 1944 to 1948, saw combat during World War II. This is one of the famous "Dirty Dozen" produced by the twelve manufacturers that met standards passed down by the British Ministry of Defense. With case backs stamped "WWW" for "Watch Wristlet Waterproof," these watches were, as one can infer from the name, waterproof, shock-absorbent, and bore the looks (black dial, luminous hands) already typified by the "Mark IX."

As aviation became militarized, the importance of watches as navigational tools increased. Once again the British Ministry of Defense called upon manufacturers to design watches that could meet the rigorous standards required for military use. Therefore, in the late 1940s, the Ministry of Defense initiated a project to develop a watch designed exclusively for military aviation. The new standard issue, which the MOD coded 6B/346, required chronometer-grade and anti-magnetic movements. The MoD gave the contract to two manufacturers: Jaeger-LeCoultre and, of course, IWC. 

In creating the Mark XI, IWC met the antimagnetic properties set forth by the MoD by covering the movement with a soft iron cage. The Mark XI was fitted with the Caliber 89, regarded as perhaps the most robust three-hand movements of all time. The Caliber 89 runs at 18,000 bph and features a double barrel, a Breguet hairspring, and a drive for the sweeping seconds hand that IWC patented. 

The Mark XI entered military service in 1949 and was decommissioned in 1981. It was not replaced in the Mark line until 1993, when the Mark XII was introduced. The Mark XII maintained the look and the feel of the Mark XI, but featured an automatic movement and a date wheel. The movement, the IWC caliber 884/2, was based on the JLC caliber 889/2. 

The Mark XII, more refined than its predecessors, launched the Mark line into the realm of civilian wear. And yet it retains the austerity of the military watches it succeeds, with a stainless steel case in un-fussy matte finishing. Attractive and versatile, it's at home on the modern wrist, a perfect marriage of military precision and modern sensibilities. 

A:S Guarantee

+

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

+

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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