IWC "Ultra-Thin" Dress 18k Gold Only 5mm Thick ON HOLD
This superb International Watch Company "ultra-thin" 1960's dress watch is cased in a heavy solid 18k gold case & bracelet, measures only 5mm thick including the crystal and comes with its original red letherette box. With the modern re-emergence of incredibly thin dress watches such as the recently released JLC Master Ultra Thin Jubilee at 4.05mm thick, this classic vintage example from IWC deserved a great deal of respect both for its superb craftsmanship and timeless design. The high grade caliber 171 movement produced by F.Piguet was only used to created 2100 watches by IWC between 1967 and 1973 and can also be found in many of Patek Philippe's ultra thin models of the same era. The caliber number is denoted from the thickness of the movement itself at only 1.71mm thick! This timepiece is in overall excellent all original condition, has just been serviced by our watchmaker and is in excellent working condition. Another superb quality vintage timepiece from the famed Schaffhausen house of IWC.
Style: Mid-Century Dress
Case: Solid 18k gold case and bracelet signed inside the back with the IWC Probus logo, 18k, 0.750, gold hallmarks and the model reference number R1220. Watch head measures 32mm in diameter excluding the original crown and only 5mm thick including the crystal with a 1.8mm profile at the outer edge. The bracelet clasp is signed on the front IWC and hallmarked on the back 0.750 with an inner safety clasp, while the other end has an additional "bar" added to the original (which could easily be removed if so desired) with a total length of 195mm which should comfortably fit a 185mm or 7 1/2 inch wrist. If the added "bar" is removed it will fit a 175mm or 6 7/8 inch wrist. The bracelet is slightly twisted, typical of light usage, but is still in crisp, tight condition with only a couple minor scratches. The case and bracelet alone have a total weight of 54 grams.
Dial: Original factory printed SOLID 14k gold dial (stamped on the back) with applied roman numeral markers, signed International Watch Co Schaffhausen, Swiss.
Movement: Amazingly thin high grade IWC calibre 171 manual wind movement measuring only 1.71mm thick. Produced by F.Piguet in limited numbers, this calibre features 19 jewels, shock protection on the escape wheel and beautiful Geneve strip plate decoration. Superb cosmetic condition, recently serviced by our watchmaker and keeping great time.
Price: $2800 USD