1945 IWC Schaffhausen Cal.70 LNOS

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Something you don't see every day - a near-NOS IWC Schaffhausen with one of the rarest movements ever produced by IWC - Caliber 70. It was produced only for 2 years in 1945 and 1946 and was IWC's take on production of more affordable watches after the war. That is why those rare examples you can find often have gold-plated cases. Basically, Cal.70 is a bit simplified Cal.88. Only 4800 pcs were ever made.

This particular watch is notable for its' outstanding like-NOS condition, immaculate champagne-colored dial, and overall charming look. It comes with IWC strap (later type) and period-correct IWC gold-plated buckle.

Full service in May 2018. Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • Gold-plated 3-body case with snap-on case back. High-polished finishing.
  • Untouched mint condition, showing little to no traces of wear/use.
  • 36 mm (without crown) / 42 mm (lug-to-lug) / 18 mm (between lugs)
  • Original gold-plated crown
  • Original acrylic crystal
  • The serial number was most likely added to the case later during service at IWC. The story is unknown.

    Movement:

    • Time only manual-winding movement in immaculate condition
    • Caliber 70, signed ‘International Watch Co Swiss’
    • Côtes de Genève, polished screws, Breguet spring, 17 jewels, 18000 A/h.
    • Serial number: 1101026
    • Full service in May 2018.

    Dial:

    • Untouched original dial in immaculate condition. 
    • Signed "International Watch Co Schaffhausen" at 12 o'clock 
    • Beveled golden hour markers and Arabic numerals.
    • Original golden hands.

    Delivery set:

    • The watch comes aftermarket IWC leather strap and period-correct IWC gold-plated buckle.
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

    Collections: Archive, New-Old-Stock

    Category: IWC


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