ON HOLD - 1942 IWC Schaffhausen "Hermet" ArtDeco Dial

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Extremely rare and collectible timepiece - International Watch Co "Hermet". This type of case was produced by IWC in quite limited amounts and featured special type of snap-on case back providing additional humidity- and dust-proof capabilities, that is why it was called "Hermet" derived from "Hermetique". Hermet cases existed in few sizes and this example is the biggest one measuring 37.5 mm without a crown. 

This particular watch is notable for an extremely rare dial - original and untouched creamy white dial with ArtDeco-ish numerals accompanied by a charming set of blue steel hands.

Professionally serviced in June 2018. Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • 2-piece stainless steel case with snap-on case back. Stain and high-polished finishing.
  • Possibly polished in the past, showing various traces of use. The case maintained pretty sharp edges and perfect geometry.
  • 37.5 mm (without crown) / 46 mm (lug-to-lug) / 20 mm (between lugs)
  • Original steel fluted crown. 
  • Service plexiglass crystal.

    Movement:

    • Manual-winding with small seconds hand
    • Robust, precise and collectible Caliber 83, signed "International Watch Co Swiss".
    • Côtes de Genève, polished screws, Breguet spring, 17 jewels, 18000 A/h.
    • Good condition showing certain traces of servicing in the past.
    • Professionally serviced in June 2018.

    Dial:

    • Untouched original creamy-white dial in good condition with moderate patina over the surface.
    • Signed "International Watch Co Schaffhausen" at 12 o’clock
    • Original blue steel hands

    Delivery set:

    • The watch with handmade VintageCaliber calfskin leather strap and generic steel buckle.
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

    Collections: Watches

    Category: IWC


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