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1959 IWC Vintage Mens Watch, Cal. 853 Automatic - Stainless Steel

SKU: 21-198662



PRISTINE Merchandise is in “like new” condition. There are no signs of wear or any other visible imperfections.  EXCELLENT Merchandise is in exceptionally good condition with very little wear. Any imperfections are described in detail.  VERY GOOD: Merchandise is in very good condition for its age. Older items may exhibit very light patina and wear relative to the age of the product, and more contemporary items will be just short of “excellent”. GOOD: Merchandise is in good condition and typically will appear mildly to moderately used. There may be some surface scratches and/or other imperfections. Older items may exhibit patina and wear related to their age. Please review the item listing for specific details regarding condition.


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The very fine and meticulously restored automatic IWC featured here is powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 853 movement. This mechanism's automatic winding system is a technical masterpiece, earning it high praise - Gisbert Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli in their work, Wristwatches Armbanduhren Montres-bracelets, proclaimed it "one of the best automatic movements ever built in Switzerland." IWC built the movement of this very fine wristwatch in 1959 at the same they were building their famous Ingenieur line. These dress watches were more elegant than the pragmatic Ingenieur but shared the high-performance timekeeping qualities in normal wearing conditions. And compared to an Ingenieur, because they do not have a second inner back, the cases are thinner and lighter on the wrist. The watch is in beautiful restored condition and presents as just short of mint on the wrist. The dial is a fine previous refinishing. The full size case presents beautifully with one small spot on the bezel and a couple remnants of marks on the case back. Our watchmaker has just freshly fully overhauled the movement, and it is running very true. The winding is smooth as silk. The parts of the watch are fully original down to the dial, hands, and winding crown. For the finishing touch we have equipped the watch with a brand new leather strap. An almost six and decade old IWC that looks nearly like new on the wrist!


No: 1,486,344

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Automatic, Sweep Seconds

Dial: Egg shell, Signed International Watch Co. Schaffhausen and AUTOMATIC, black painted Roman indexes, outer minute track, fine previous refinishing

Hands: Original, steel dauphines

Movement type: IWC caliber 853, self-winding, rhodium plated and decorated, 21 jewels, Breguet hairspring, shock resistant, precision regulator

Bracelet: Leather alligator grain strap. Brand new and unused.

Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition

Return Policy: 7 days from the day it is received

SKU: 21-198662
Accompanied by: IWC
Bracelet/Strap: Leather
Color: Silver
Watch Movement: Automatic
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Authenticity Details: IWC
Case Dimensions (in mm): 35mm wide (without crown), 42mm lugs tip-to-tip
Primary Material: Stainless Steel

Domestic and international shipping is by FedEx. All shipments are fully insured.

Please contact Portero Customer Care Department for a return authorization, and ship back item within 7 days of receipt. Items must be properly packaged in comparable box, and in unworn condition.