This C-1950’s IWC Automatic is in outstanding, all original condition. It features IWC’s Cal. 852 movement with automatic winding. This beautifully finished movement is one of IWC’s best ever and is the very same one used in the same period Ingenieur watches (which have easily fetched $10,000+ at auction). Very high grade, easily a chronometer grade movement, and built like a tank.
The case is interesting with its solid 14k gold top and stainless steel caseback. These bi-metal cases were available from a number of the better Swiss makers in the ’50s. This case measures 34 mm across without the crown, and 40.2 mm from lug tip to lug tip. Great angles with the “Drop” lugs. A wonderful classic design that never goes out of style. The dial features its original finish. It does show aging, but not as much in person as it does in the pictures. It’s 70 years old, original, and in untouched condition.
The watch comes fully serviced and is keeping very good time. Along with service, we ultrasonically cleaned the case after doing light refinishing. The original dial finish was left as found. During service, the watch also received a new mainspring and crystal. We paired the watch with a genuine Lizard strap in black.