The firm has been a fixture of the chocolate-box pretty medieval town since its founding in 1868 by the 27-year-old American businessman Florentine Ariosto Jones; having honed his horological techniques in Boston, he decided to start his own business in Switzerland where the skills base was rich and the wages were low.
After getting the cold shoulder from workers in the west of the country, who were fearful of his plans for mass-production, Jones met Schaffhausen industrialist Heinrich Moser, who rented him factory premises beside his recently opened Rhine hydro plant.
The watch with superb brushed gold dial with baton type hour markers, cushion shaped heavy solid 18 carat gold screw back case, crystal glass and the watch on high quality crocodile strap with IWC buckle. A top quality watch Very rare legendary IWC International Watch Company Mark XI Royal Air Force Issue pilots watch dating from 1951.
The IWC Mark XI is probably one of the most sought after and collectable of virtually all military watches.
Lange & Sohne, IWC, Wempe, Laco, and Stowa to the Luftwaffe during the Second World War.
Watches of this type generally have a black dial, simple Arabic numerals vertical all the way around, hands with lots of Super Luminova, often a large inverted conical crown, and a triangle, sometimes with two dots on either side, at the 12 o’clock position.
Very similar to a Rolex Date Just, the Date model was one of the first watches in history to display a date on the dial. Bob's carries a wide variety of Rolex Date models including the Rolex 15200, Rolex 15223, Rolex 69173, Rolex 79240.
In this article on the best pilots watches 2015, I’m concentrating on the classic pilot’s watch type, resembling the watches supplied by A.
The black rubber strap with alligator leather inlay benefits of the IWC quick change system.
We have now another preview with the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month. Features include a perpetual calendar with large double-digit displays for both the date and month, a leap year display at 6 o'clock integrated in the small seconds sub-dial and a flyback chronograph with hours and minutes counter at 12 o'clock. The energy required to advance the month display discs is built up continuously throughout the month by a quick-action switch.
The huge case has a diameter of 49 mm, a measure which makes this reference the second largest watch ever created by IWC, just after the Big Pilot's Watch 52 T. A spring-loaded lever on the quick-action switch is lifted a tiny bit further each day by a cam.
I think this is for a number of reasons one is that it was technically very advanced for its time,and heralded a few firsts in the watch making industry, it has hacking seconds ( which means when the winding button is pulled out to set the time it stops the secondhand hand of the watch enabling it to be set exactly, the Mark XI also has an inner soft iron case which protects the movement from magnetic fields.
The Mark XI was also tested to chronometer standard by the Ministry of Defence.
The Rolex Date is one of the most classic Rolex models to date.
With hundreds of different variations, the pre-owned Rolex Date can be some of the more affordable used Rolex watches on the market.
Everything listed on here is either now on our ebay shop or if not has sold We have now a large ebay shop , which we now use for selling instead of this site , everything on our ebay site is live and in stock and we have 3500 plus items of vintage jewellery,watches etc. CLICK THIS LINK TO ENTER Stunning IWC (International Watch Company Schaffhausen ) Mark XV automatic date wristwatch.
The watch consisting of black dial with luminous hour markers, luminous and silvered hands, aperture for date at 3 '0' clock,crystal glass, steel screw back case self winding automatic movement.
The original model had its mechanism contained within an softiron inner case, capable of shielding it from a magnetic force of up to 1,000 Gauss.
Then, in 1993, the mindboggling Il Destriero Scafusia was launched.