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International Watch Company - Vintage Gold Dress Watch - Silver Satin Brushed Dial - c.1969

£2,350.00GBP
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A Beautiful International Watch Company, 18k Gold Dress Watch with a Textured Brushed Satin Silver Dial signed International Watch Co, Schaffhausen with Gold Applied Dial Furniture, Manufactured, c.1969. 

In 1868, American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841–1916), who had been a director of E. Howard & Co., in Boston, then America's leading watchmaking company, founded the International Watch Company with the intention of combining Swiss craftsmanship with the modern engineering technology from the U.S. to manufacture watch movements and other watch parts for the American market. At the time, wages in Switzerland were relatively low although there was a ready supply of skilled watchmaking labour, mainly carried out by people in their homes. Jones encountered opposition to his plans in French-speaking Switzerland because Jones wanted to open a factory.

In 1850 the town of Schaffhausen was in danger of being left behind in the Industrial Age. At this stage, watch manufacturer and industrialist Heinrich Moser built Schaffhausen's first hydroelectric plant and laid the cornerstone for future industrialization. He probably met F.A. Jones in Le Locle and showed great interest in his plans. Together, they laid the foundations for the only watch manufacturers in north-eastern Switzerland: The International Watch Company in Schaffhausen. The brand was previously known as the International Watch Chronology.

What’s On Offer 

This beautiful vintage International Watch Company in 18k gold has all the hallmarks of the quintessential gold dress watch. From the stunning satin-brushed dial to the gold dial furniture comprising baton hour markers, elegant pencil hands with luminous inserts and a graceful central seconds hand. The dial is very well preserved with no blemishes and is encapsulated underneath plexiglass which is also free from scratches.

The gold case is also in very good order with only light signs of wear which is completely natural for a watch of this age. The watch sports the original “fish” crown – an emblem used by the brand from the 1950s to the mid-2000s to indicate a water-resistant watch (We do not guarantee any water resistance due to the watch's age).

Paired with an original brown leather International Watch Company strap with a matching gold pin buckle, also sporting the IWC signature, this watch is the perfect dress watch, with classic lines, subtle proportions and the added opulence of gold - it simply will not go out of style.  

Additional information

Made from

Case: 18k Yellow Gold

Dial: Silver Linen

Crystal: Plexiglas

Bracelet: Original IWC Brown Leather Strap and Pin Buckle

Technical specifications

Winding: Automatic

Movement Type: Mechanical

Calibre: 854

Jewels: 23j

Waterproof: n/a

Power reserve: 44hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent

Model Reference: Dress Watch

Date of issue: c.1969

Warranty: 12 Months by VWS

Dimensions

Width (without crown): 35mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 41mm

Wrist size: Adjustable

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