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Lot No. 542 (89th Auction)
International Watch Co. Schaffhausen "Mark XI", Movement No. 1211848, Case No. 6B/346-2078/52, 36 mm, circa 1950

An aviator's watch of the British Royal Air Force
Case: steel, screw back with military engraving, protection cap against magnetism. Dial: black, Arabic numerals/luminous indexes, centre seconds, luminous baton hands Movm.: bridge movement, chatoned, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, Glucydur screw balance, incabloc shock protection for balance

The "Mark XI":
In 1948 IWC created a new aviator’s watch for the British Commonwealth air forces that was fitted with the hand wound movement calibre 89, which has since become legendary. The "Mark XI" was designed for ultimate reliability in extreme conditions without any loss of precision and had to survive an unprecedented testing time of 648 hours before delivery. Its antimagnetic properties and its reliability made it a favourite not only with the air forces - both Sir Edmund Hillary and Mr. J.H. Miller, navigator-in-chief of the "Ross Sea Expedition", received the watch for their expedition to Antarctica.
Estimate  3,000 - 4,000 €
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