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    Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    I am considering purchasing a vintage, manual, 1950’s IWC from a different site. This would be my first vintage watch, my first manual and my first IWC. Is there anything I should be aware of when purchasing a vintage manual watch, or with a vintage IWC? Is there anything specific I should be asking the seller? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    Originality, does it work?

    Be prepared that even if the seller calims it has been serviced, it may need a "proper" nuts and polts service.

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    Get the cal. 83, 88 or 89 if you can swing it (especially the 89). Ask about the service history from the owner. Like Janne says, make sure the movement is still running and that there are no obvious signs of rust anywhere in the movement.

    Get it inspected by a watchmaker before the purchase is finalized (if the seller permits it).
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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    It's a Cal 88. Thanks for the advice

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    V76, What's the difference between Cal 88 and 89?

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    How expensive are we talking in terms of a service? Would it be more expensive because it's an older watch? Does the fact that it's manual make it more expensive?

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    Quote Originally Posted by ryancharles View Post
    V76, What's the difference between Cal 88 and 89?
    The caliber 88 has subdial seconds at 6; the caliber 89 has center sweep seconds.


    PM me a link to the watch you're interested in.

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    Quote Originally Posted by ryancharles View Post
    How expensive are we talking in terms of a service?
    For a full disassembly, cleaning, overhaul, and timing it's about $150 - $200. More if parts are required.

    Quote Originally Posted by ryancharles View Post
    Would it be more expensive because it's an older watch?
    Only if parts are scarce or if the watch has extra complications (moonphase, chronograph, etc).

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    Does the fact that it's manual make it more expensive?
    No, it's actually a little less expensive since a manual has less parts than an automatic.

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    I'm extremely reticent about quoting service costs, when they vary so much, from location to location. This previous thread recommends a watchmaker in Toronto.

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    Re: Advice required concerning purchasing a vintage, manual IWC.

    Here's a pic of the movement. Any oppinions? Does it look "OK"? This is a 1950's IWC 88 Cal.
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