Estimate: CHF6,000 - CHF12,000
ca. US$6,028 - US$12,056
Price realised: CHF6,875
IWC Follow Ref. 666 AD A rare and highly attractive stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch with center seconds, date, black lacquer dial and bracelet Circa 1960 36.5mm. Diameter Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, bracelet further signed GF
Manufacturer: IWC Year: Circa 1960 Reference No: 666 AD Movement No: 1’633’672 Case No: 1’651’821 Model Name: Ingenieur Material: Stainless steel Calibre: Automatic, cal. 8531, 21 jewels Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel IWC Gay Frères rice grains bracelet, max length 180mm. Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel IWC and Gay Frères deployant clasp, stamped GF 1.66 Dimensions: 36.5mm. Diameter Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, bracelet further signed GF Catalogue Essay The celebrated Ingenieur model was developed by Albert Pellaton, IWC's technical director responsible for the creation of the firm's first automatic movement calibres 81 and 85. Produced for the civilian market, the functional Ingenieur (German for engineer) was available in steel or gold as of 1954 with a variety of styles. The distinctive and famous logo of an arrow passing through the name "Ingenieur" is a reminiscent of the Swiss thunderbolt icon which warns of the presence of an electrical current. The thunderbolt symbol was chosen to mark the model's anti-magnetic properties, the soft iron shield protecting the movement against magnetic shields. Considered one of the earliest "tool" watches and with its distinctive, timeless design, the early Ingenieur model enjoys cult status amongst collectors and this present example, with a distinctive black lacquered dial and galvanic printing, will certainly appeal to collectors. The watch was sold on April 3rd, 1963. The watch furthermore retains its IWC rice grains bracelet manufactured by Gay Frères, the master bracelet maker of the 20th century. Read More Maker Bio IWC Swiss • 1868 Follow With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors. View More Works
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