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Lot No. 138
Lot No. 138
Estimate  3,500 - 4,500 €
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International Watch Co. Schaffhausen "Mark XI"

, Movement No. 2275533, Case No. 1893000, Ref. 2612, Cal. 89, 36 mm, circa 1982

An aviator's antimagnetic civilian wristwatch in mint condition, sold on December 1st, 1982 - with IWC wallet, IWC letter of guarantee, booklets and IWC hang tag

Case: steel, screw back, protection cap against magnetism, IWC buckle. Dial: black.

The "Mark XI":
In 1948 IWC designed new aviator's watches for English, they were used in different air forces in the United Kingdom of England. Equipped with the today legendary manual hoist movement "Kaliber 89", they promised the highest possible reliability under toughest circumstances and protection against magnetic influences in the cockpit without corrupting the preciseness. The testing circumstances according to which the "Mark XI" had to survive extreme tests during 648 hours before delivery were also unprecedented. The reliable IWC "Mark XI" was also used as expedition watch, as it accompanied for example Sir Edmund Hillary and Mr. J.H. Miller, who was navigator in chief of the "Ross Sea Expedition" on their strenuous expedition to Antarctica. The version for the civilian market was launched very late and came out in the early 1980s; only about 1,000 examples were produced.
Case: as new
Dial: as new
Movm.: as new, capable of running

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