Throughout the 1950s and 1960s IWC made a lot of time only and time and date watches. These watches came in both stainless steel and in solid gold with a wide variety of dial configurations and in their Ingenieur line with anti-magnetic properties. During this time the calibre 85X series of movements were IWC’s engine of choice. The 852, 853, and 854 movements trace their history to the calibre 85, which is a defining movement in the history of IWC. The movement was designed by IWC’s then Technical Director Albert Pellaton, and the winding system he developed for the movement still bears his name to this day. This lovely Calatrava styled watch from IWC with its caliber 853 movement and classic good looks bears all of this fantastic history and quality.
The 37mm stainless steel case is in good honest condition. The lugs and edges are very sharp and the case shows no signs of overpolishing. The correct finishes are seen across the watch which is appreciated. The caseback is signed and correct. The crown is correct for the era.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands are in fair condition. The dial and hands are original with the correct printing and components. The finish has taken on a warm patina with the area next to the crown being slightly darker than the rest of the dial. The dial signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, and features faceted baton indexes and an outer minute track.
This watch features an automatic IWC caliber 853 movement. The watch is running and the service history is not known.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic, IWC Cal. 853|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|