1954 IWC Schaffhausen Cal.88 Bombé Lugs

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A very unusual timepiece made by International Watch Co back in 1954. What exactly is unusual? First of all - the case. It is not only rare one-piece steel case, but it also screwed (so-called "Bombé") lugs. More than that is has pretty rare Caliber 88 and a very unusual dial layout. Sharp, clean, uncommon, don't miss it!

The watch went through complete service and restoration in October 2016.

Manufacturer: IWC Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Model: n/a
Reference: n/a
Type: Manual-winding wristwatch
Year of production: ca.1954 (according to serial number and date stamp)
Case type: 2-body (single piece case + bezel), with snap-on caseback and screwed lugs.
Case material: Stainless steel
Case measurement: 35 mm (without crown) / 44 mm (lug-to-lug) / 18 mm (between lugs)
Case serial number: 1304424
Case back: Single-piece body, signed "International Watch Co Swiss" and "Staybrite Steel" along with IWC logo, and serial number.
Crown and pushers: stainless steel fluted crown signed with IWC logo 
Crystal: Acrylic
Movement type: Manual-winding with small seconds hand
Movement model: Robust, precise and collectible Caliber 88, signed ‘International Watch Co Swiss’, with Côtes de Genève, polished screws, Breguet spring, 15 jewels, 18000 A/h.
Movement serial number: 1272599
Dial: Silver two-tone dial with applied silver minute markers on the outer perimeter of the dial along with luminous plots near hour markers, raised faceted silver baton hour markers, signed ‘International Watch Co Schaffhausen’ at 12 o’clock. Signed "Swiss" at 6 o'clock. Small seconds subsidiary dial at 6 o'clock.
Hands: Original sword silver luminous hour, minute hands, silver small seconds hands.
Case condition: 1 (mint). Professionally polished, showing no signs of use.
Movement condition: 1 (mint) Professionally serviced in October 2016, only original parts. Adjusted and keeps good time. 
Dial/hands condition: Professionally refinished dial, restored and relumed original hands.
Overall condition: 1 (mint)
Set of delivery: The watch comes with brand-new genuine leather strap, aftermarket generic buckle, our company’s warranty certificate, general terms and conditions of sale, our company’s box.
Warranty: 1-year international technical warranty by our watchmakers

Collections: Archive

Category: IWC

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It is always crucial to understand the size of the watch, especially when it comes to vintage watches which are generally considered as too small in comparison with what watch industry offers today. For example, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava introduced in the 1930s was only 31 mm in diameter, while today's classic Calatrava is 39 mm. When you think about 8 mm, it doesn't seem to be a big difference, but believe it is.

In our condition reports we normally disclose three most important parameters as follows: diameter without crown / lug-to-lug length / lug width. 

Diameter without crown

It is, so far, the most important measurement to understand the size of a regular round-shaped watch.It helps you to understand proportions and overall look of the watch. It is important to consider width of the bezel and color of the dial, because certain combinations may make the watch look bigger, while some other smaller. It is all very individual, however there is common understanding:

Lug-to-lug width

This parameter will help you to understand whether the watch is comfortable for wearing. You should compare lug-to-lug width with the width of your wrist, and if lug-to-lug width is smaller or equal, then this watch shall be comfortable.

Lug width

This measurement is defining what size of strap you need for the particular watch. Depending on era and manufacturer you can find watches with lug width between 14 mm and 24 mm. Most common sizes are 18 mm and 20 mm.