This watch is not just rare or unique, it is a singular piece of art. We take pride in making available to you one of a kind watches that combine magnificently preserved antique pocket watch movements with newly designed cases.
Brand: IWC - International Watch Company
Edition:One of a kind.
Circa: 1908, with signed movement and serial number.
Note: These watches that have been converted from vintage pocket watches and in most cases are quite large watches. We have always presented them as men’s watches, but an increasing number of women are wearing them as astounding statement/bracelet/watch combination pieces.
Item #: 1818
Dial: This gorgeous, men’s timepiece features the exceptional blue and gold flame engraving skeleton dial design. The hands are black and the watch also features a second smaller seconds dial at the six o’clock position.
Case: The case consists of a three-piece stainless steel, custom made to house this amazing IWC movement. The watch contains a new glass dome mineral face, and a custom made exhibition back, which allows you to view this exquisite gold and silver IWC movement in action.
Origin/Model: This IWC Caliber 56 wristwatch is made up of antique IWC pocket watch from 1908 that has been placed in a one of a kind case. The combination of the antique signed movement, modern case, astounding work of art which is the dial, and clear exhibition back makes this more than just a watch—like so many of our pieces, this is a work of art!
Movement/Mechanism: The original IWC movement is in excellent condition and magnificently displayed by the exposition back. The mechanism is very clean, keeps great time, is made up of 18 jewels.
Band: The watch is fitted with a 22 mm anti-allergetic black leather with a wide grain finish, and a brushed buckle to match the case of the watch.
Case: 48mm (without crown)
Case: 52mm (with crown)
Lug to Lug: 64mm
Case Thickness: 10mm
Box: Your watch will be delivered in one of our own signature collectible wooden watch boxes.
Shipping:Free overnight delivery anywhere in the United States and free express delivery anywhere in the world.
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Shipping: Free anywhere in the world.
Directions: This is an antique watch. Different antique watches use different mechanisms to wind and/or set the time. If you are not familiar with these, or it is unclear to you how to wind or set the time on your particular watch please contact us for specific instructions prior to attempting wind the watch or set the time to prevent damaging the watch.
Servicing: This original movement of this beautiful wristwatch has been beautifully preserved, astoundingly so considering the age of the piece. The mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Protecting and Caring For Your Watch: All antique watches are mechanical, and as such should be treated with extra care. You should be careful not to expose an antique watch to the wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear it often, or even every day. The best thing for something that is mechanical is to be used regularly. It does mean extra care should be taken not to drop it or expose it to water.
Antique watches are generally not waterproof as this technology was not in general use until the mid-20th century. You should therefore protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
If your watch becomes wet it should be dried as quickly as possible. This should be done using a hair dryer, opening all covers and gently blow drying the movement, dial, covers, and crown. This will eliminate or at least reduce the build up of any rust. Be careful not to turn the speed of the hairdryer up too high or hold it too close to the watch. A strong hair dryer held too close to a watch could blow a hand off the watch.
If your watch becomes exposed to salt water you should immediately spray your watch with purified water to remove all salt before drying the watch. If salt is left inside the watch it will combine with moisture in the air over time and begin to rust metal the components of the movement and other parts of the watch.
Winding any mechanical watch too tightly may break the mainspring, so be mindful of when you begin to feel resistance as you are winding your watch. Avoid winding the watch with force or aggressively.
When you are adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. It is possible that counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement. If you do decide to make counter-clockwise adjustments make them for minutes, not hours.
We recommend that every two to three years you have your watch serviced, primarily to oil the mechanisms within the movement.
If for any reason dust or dirt makes its way into the watch, allow the watch to run down completely. Don’t wind the watch again before having it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove the most important lubricants and cause the movement components to wear down.
If a need arises to clean the case, dial, crystal, etc., we advise you use a cloth that does not leave fibers as these may get caught and left behind in the movement.
Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made including iron-based components
Antique watches typically keep time accurately within about five minutes per day. If you experienced a various significantly greater than that, please contact us (or a watch professional for diagnosis). We see this very, very rarely with our watches, but should it occur it is not cause to be alarmed.
If you are flying a high-altitudes regularly with your antique watch you may wish to have it oiled more than every two to three years. The extreme temperature changes that accompany high altitudes can cause the oil viscosity to decrease more rapidly than usual.
The Story: It was an American watchmaking pioneer named Florentine Ariosto Jones that founded the International Watch Company in an industry dominated by European 868. Collaborating with eminently qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology and hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine Jones manufactured watch movements of astounding quality.
For more than 150 years IWC has remained committed to its heritage. Their mechanical timepieces are handcrafted in their own workshops with meticulous attention to detail, combining precision engineering with extraordinary and timeless design. All this in an effort to place on your wrist an extraordinary timepiece.