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Estimate: US$8,000 - US$16,000
Price realised:  US$30,000
Lot number 2, Views: 65

IWC Follow Ref. 812 AD A highly attractive and well-preserved stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, date aperture and bracelet. 1977 Case, dial and movement and bracelet signed 37.5mm diameter
Manufacturer: IWC Year: 1977 Reference No: 812 AD Movement No: 2’151’566 and C8541B Case No: 1’937’617 Model Name: Aquatimer Material: Stainless steel Calibre: Manual, cal. 8541 B Bracelet/Strap: Original IWC Gay Frères stainless steel bracelet, max. length 205mm Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel IWC folding deployant clasp Dimensions: 37.5mm diameter Accessories: Accompanied by IWC guarantee dated 18 July 1977 and fitted presentation box. Catalogue Essay Some of the most important dive watches of the 20th century were introduced in the mid 1950s following World War II, incorporating technological advances developed during the war. A late entrant to this market was IWC. While they followed nearly a decade after others, the Aquatimer remains a distinguished model for both its aesthetics and engineering excellence. Released in 1967 and produced in far fewer examples than competing dive watches, the reference 812 AD is an iconic IWC watch for connoisseurs. The Aquatimer has a modern, sleek appeal with a ‘super compressor’ case that has less bulk compared with other dive watches of the era. A timing ring placed underneath the crystal replaces the outer rotating bezel. This works as a safety mechanism, keeping the bezel from being bumped, and accidentally changing the time, as well as giving the watch a flatter profile. Further, the in-house caliber 8541 movement features the innovative “Pellaton” winding system, patented by IWC in 1950. Using a bi-directional rotor improved efficiency, giving greater winding power. The present timepiece is preserved in wonderful condition with an unpolished case, strong bevels and a very attractive overall appeal. Sold on July 18th, 1977, it is fitted with its original and hardly ever seen bracelet made by Gay Frères. 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

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: WINNING ICONS – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century
Date of the auction: 26 Oct 2017
Address: Phillips
New York