Steel International Watch Co. vintage wristwatch, circa 1942
A fine and rare stainless steel manually wound wristwatch
This is a rare and very attractive wristwatch with a large case diameter for the period of production, measuring 35mm in diameter. The watch has a superb silvered dial with raised pink gold coloured numerals and feuille hands, as well as a large and finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. The dial is in lovely condition with very light and even oxidation to the surface. By utilising a slim bezel, the dial surface is maximised which not only increases its clarity, but visually enhances the size of the watch itself.
The design of the dial is strikingly similar to one of the dial designs used on the iconic vintage Portuguese model (Ref 325). In 1993, to mark the 125th anniversary of IWC, the Schaffhausen based watchmaker released a new Portuguese model, Ref. 5441, that paid hommage to the original and whose dials were stylistically almost identical to the present wristwatch – for a comparison see: Sotheby’s Geneva, 13th May 2015, lot 254. During the period this watch was made, many IWC watches (of varying models) were imported into Portugal and the laws at that time required steel cased watches, in addition to precious metal cases, to be hallmarked to prove that relevant taxes had been paid. In steel watches this was usually applied to the front of the upper left lug, as can be seen in the present watch.
International Watch Co. calibre 83 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH; silvered dial with raised pink gold coloured Arabic numerals, outer perlé minute track, large and finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds, gold feuille hands; stainless steel satin finished case with polished chamfered bezel; case, dial and movement signed.
Diameter excluding winding crown: 35mm
Length including lugs: 43mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 18mm
All Black Bough watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This watch is accompanied by a Black Bough leather watch pouch and card outer box.