IWC Automatic Date Cal.8541B 18ct 1975
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
Simply Stunning Condition From Every Aspect
A Carefully Owned and Completely Original Example
Ultra High Grade Cal.852, 21 Jewel Automatic Movement
Heavy 35mm x 35mm Case, Excluding the IWC Signed Crown
Original, Unrestored, Untouched Gold ‘Sunburst’ Dial with Onyx Inlaid ‘Baton’ Indices
New Brown Alligator Strap and IWC Gold-Plated Buckle
High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included
Simply Stunning Condition From Every Aspect
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
Since its founding in 1868, IWC Schaffhausen has been world-renowned for being a leader in Haute Horlogerie, producing timepieces with innovative technology and exclusive design. It began a time when most Americans went West searching for gold, however Boston born watchmaker, Florentine Aristo Jones, went East searching for his treasure. The 27-year-old went all the way to Schaffhausen, Switzerland in order to produce high quality watches for the American market. After a few changes, Ernst Jakob Homberger took over the company in 1905. Under Homberger, two watch families were created which remain icons to this very day – The Pilot’s Watch and the Portuguese. Later, Kurt Klaus who began his career at IWC in 1957, developed IWC’s famous mechanical perpetual calendar.
It is said that owning a vintage IWC is something everyone with a serious interest in vintage watches should aspire to. A strong statement perhaps, but a little time spent researching IWC and their 1950s & ’60s watches, will very likely lead one to the same conclusion. In essence, this is because during the 1950s and ’60s, IWC determined they would manufacture some of the very best watches ever made, and put simply, this is what they achieved. The craftsmanship, technical excellence and sheer beauty of their exquisite movements and cases, manufactured during the ‘golden age’ of watch-making, has never been beaten – equalled occasionally perhaps, but never beaten.
An IWC is often referred to as a ‘watchmaker’s watch’. This is because watchmakers simply love them, both to work on and to own.
The watch we see here is special as the movement, one of the Cal.852 series of movements, is considered one of the very best automatic movements of all time. More than this, the dial, case and movement are in outstanding condition.
The incredible, original, unrestored and untouched gold ‘sunburst’ dial is in tip-top condition. Clean, simple, understated and elegant – all the things we are accustomed to with this great brand. We think this combination of onyx inlaid ‘baton’ hour indices, with the gold and black ‘index’ hands and dash minute markers around the dial is hard to beat and the dial contrasts wonderfully with the 18ct yellow gold case. This dial is completed with the wonderful addition of a date window at ‘3’.
This dial is signed with the applied gold ‘IWC’ branding with the ‘International Watch Co’ signature below 12, ‘Automatic’ just above ‘6’ and ‘Swiss’ just below ‘6’.
Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however, we decided in this case, due to its exceptional condition, to retain its originality and charm for the many collectors who prefer this. It also helps to contrast with almost all of the other watch dials you see on our website which have been restored.
Please note, studio lights, professional-grade digital cameras, and macro lenses can be very unkind to an unrestored vintage watch dial. Also the dial here measures less than 1.25 inches across, so the image you see here may be between 5 – 25 times larger than the watch itself. Therefore please keep in mind you are seeing many tiny flaws which cannot be seen, or will be very hard to see with the naked eye, even under close examination. Suffice to say, on the wrist, in natural light, this dial looks much better and carries a great deal more charm than the photographs portray.
The watch contains the original Cal.8541B automatic movement which as mentioned above, was part of the Cal.854 series which was hugely successful for IWC and one of the best automatic movements ever produced.
The 44 hour power reserve movement has been given a full overhaul and service by our vintage specialist watchmaker and is keeping time to within -15 seconds per day. This is outstanding for an automatic of this age and has been checked and confirmed o our electronic Timegrapher. We are very happy to offer a 12 months warranty on this watch movement and will be very pleased to assist you with servicing in future.
It is absolutely immaculate and signed ‘International Watch Co Swiss’ twice, once on the movement and once on the rotor. The movement is also marked with the Cal.8541B and ‘21 Jewels’.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
This 18ct solid gold case measures 35mm in diameter, excluding the correct IWC signed crown. This wonderful IWC Tonneau case is very heavy and robust and measures 35mm top to bottom and 46mm across the diagonal, including the wonderful lugs.
The case has been cleaned, carefully inspected and very lightly hand-polished, as this was all that was required to bring it back to its current tip-top condition, with no scratches dings or marks of any kind visible to the naked eye. The case, as we would expect from IWC, is very solid and well made and the press-fit case-back closes with a very solid and satisfying ‘pop’, indicating the case has been impeccably built and maintained.
Inside the case-back is signed ‘International Watch Co Swiss’ with the model number 1872 and the serial number 2155141.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap & Buckle
The watch is fitted with a new, high quality brown alligator strap and IWC gold-plated buckle. However, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most types and colours from our watch strap partners at WatchObsession within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of straps if you wish.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with the watch, the numbers and markings are all correct, dating this watch to 1975.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.
The high quality hardwood presentation box shown in the photographs is included with the watch.
Payment and Delivery
If you would like to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and, unfortunately, out of our control.
We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges; however, attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.
For those who happen to visit London on occasion, we are, of course, more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and hand your watch directly to you there.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no-quibble sale or return policy.
This beautiful circa 1975 vintage IWC is in superb condition, ready for use and completely practical and wearable today. It represents excellent value for money especially is such superb condition. It is a highly desirable vintage gold watch from one of horology’s most respected names which will provide an excellent investment as well as something to treasure and enjoy!
In addition to being perfectly practical for everyday use, this watch will make an excellent investment and heirloom piece, as well as be something wonderful to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! Even though vintage gold IWC watch prices continue to climb, we still feel sure that top class examples such as this are underpriced. This is because as time passes and the world market for vintage gold IWC watches continues to grow, limited supply means prices will inevitably climb ever higher.
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We, therefore, consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.