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    Vintage IWC - any good?

    I'm a little skeptical of this IWC. It's up for sale by someone who is not a seller of watches. It looks to be in excellent shape, but I'm not sure if it's what it should look like. Any guidance would be appreciated. Hope to find something soon so I can stop bothering you all!

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    Re: Vintage IWC - any good?

    Nice. Looks like a good winder... I would guess from the 40s or 50s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Nice. Looks like a good winder... I would guess from the 40s or 50s.

    I've been doing some more research and am hard pressed to find a time when IWC used its initials on the face until much later than that. The other problem is that the initials IWC only seem to appear on faces where Automatic or some other atribute is also indicated on the lower half of the face - this does not have that.

    Could it be that the face was replaced with something after market or is this all legit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatez View Post
    I've been doing some more research and am hard pressed to find a time when IWC used its initials on the face until much later than that. The other problem is that the initials IWC only seem to appear on faces where Automatic or some other atribute is also indicated on the lower half of the face - this does not have that.

    Could it be that the face was replaced with something after market or is this all legit?
    My IWC expertise is insufficient to answer this question. Maybe others will know.
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    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Vintage IWC - any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmatez View Post
    I've been doing some more research and am hard pressed to find a time when IWC used its initials on the face until much later than that.
    Then I recommend that you go to the IWC Catalog Project at the Official IWC website:

    IWC Vintage Catalogs

    Actually there is a time period where both logos were used by IWC. That was in the early 1970's.

    Quote Originally Posted by dmatez View Post
    The other problem is that the initials IWC only seem to appear on faces where Automatic or some other atribute is also indicated on the lower half of the face - this does not have that.

    Could it be that the face was replaced with something after market or is this all legit?
    The dial has seen better days and a small amount of the printing is missing.

    The case number dates the watch from that period, but I can't see the movement serial number. However since this looks like one of the very late cal 89 or early cal. 40X series "ultra-slim" movements, that looks correct as well.

    Here is a tool for getting the date on cases and movements:

    Date Your IWC

    Not sure about the 4-digit number stamped inside the cover. I can't tell if this is supposed to be a reference number, or something else. The only ref. numbers I could find correspond starting with "18XX" correspond to automatic watches. The pictures are not exactly clear on this number. Also, the crown looks a bit large for this watch, which is probably only 33mm or 34mm wide.

    Final verdict - although the movement and case look to be correct IWC for the period, unless the watch was very inexpensive, I'd wait for a better one. I still have concerns about the reference number, but that part also could be 100% correct. The crown likely isn't correct for this model.

    I just picked up an IWC of a similar vintage (1972):





    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Vintage IWC - any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by gatorcpa View Post
    Hope this helps,
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    Definitely helps and I learned a lot! You are right that the crown looks a bit off as well. It was listed on ebay but ended up not selling without reaching the reserve.

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    Re: Vintage IWC - any good?

    Dial refinished and crown replaced. Apart of that looks all legit to me.

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    Re: Vintage IWC - any good?

    a very good watch indeed
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    This is a nice looking watch. I'd find some wrist time for it.
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