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    Let's hear it for IWC

    I really do like this brand - lots of heritage (and an interesting back story), and some really solid model series to suit most tastes (Mark, Pilot, Big Pilot, Aquatimer, Ingenieur, Portuguese, etc). Some amazing vintage pieces that are worth looking out for, too if you're prepared to be patient.

    Anyway, mine, past and present...

    Ingenieur 666AD



    Mark XII



    Ingenieur 3228



    Yacht Club



    Portuguese 5001-09



    Pilot Chronograph 41



    Please add to the thread...
    Last edited by learningtofly; 25th November 2023 at 18:47.

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    I love IWC. Only had the pleasure of owning one, this one. One of two of my permanent pieces...


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    This is my daily wearer.

    Iíve had good service from IWC who actually treat you like a valued customer.


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    This one is special- and utterly underrated.




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    And this one canít seem to leave my wrist atm




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    Owned this one for awhile,sold in yet another moment of madness.

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    Iím fond of IWC & had a few tooÖ







    Only the MKXVIII in the collection at the mo.

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    (Smaller 500..)
    and reiseuhr:

    .. departed includes a pair of cal.854 r810s, one of which:

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    First 2 are currently in my care.. last 1 sadly departed.










    Was at an IWC event at an AD in Edinburgh last night. My wife wore my gold/grey Ingenieur, the AD Sales Manager and the IWC Regional Director were seemingly rather taken with it which surprised me. Sales Manager had it strapped to his wrist for a good 10/15mins strutting around the store to show anyone who cared to look and the IWC rep was taking videos of it. I think my wife has now claimed it.

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    Past (current later):

    3706 (not really past as now with my son):


    3524


    3538:


    3536-03:


    3234:


    3228:

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    My favourite watch, even though it has some villainous foibles.


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    Current:

    812AD:


    3536-01:


    3536-03:


    3500:


    3529:


    3713:


    3548:


    5001:
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    This one's a favourite, as well.


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    Let's hear it for IWC

    My current brace of:






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    I love the new Spitfire Chrono, but itís a big beastie that I canít quite pull off. It looks great on your wrist, though!


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    I've had a few IWC's over the past 20 years but this is my favourite, a solid keeper.

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    Legendary IWC Caliber 89 – also fitted to the IWC Mk XI

    BW, dunk
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    Two that have goneÖ




    And one thatís still with meÖ


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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I really do like this brand - lots of heritage (and an interesting back story), and some really solid model series to suit most tastes (Mark, Pilot, Big Pilot, Aquatimer, Ingenieur, Portuguese, etc). Some amazing vintage pieces that are worth looking out for, too if you're prepared to be patient.

    Anyway, mine, past and present...

    Please add to the thread...
    Any you would like to repurchase or add new from IWC? I also like the brand but currently do not own any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiserphoenix View Post
    Any you would like to repurchase or add new from IWC? I also like the brand but currently do not own any.
    I was on the verge of buying back my 666 a few days ago, and have been looking for another decent Mark XII for a few years now. The one I really wish I still had is the 3228, though.

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    My old IWC 3227-12





    I liked it a lot but sold it on at greater than a 50% loss (although I believe values have since bounced back, in typical fashion...)

    There may be another IWC arriving early next year, a 3714, but we shall see. The newer ones I don't fancy much, but that's not restricted to IWC.

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    Love IWC. Some I have owned over the years...

    This was my first smart (in the traditional sense) watch. Only 34mm and very nice in the days when we all wore suits to work.



    Then I got obsessed by the rare small (35mm I think) Portuguese...eventually managed to track down all three main versions.






    And eventually I sourced a platinum small Portugese 3532. This was what I wore to my wedding...just beautiful







    And this was one of the first proper watches I bought...1952 BOAC mark XI





    I wish I'd picked up a 3536 years ago but at the time I thought it would have been too big. Stupid.


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    Huge fan of the brand. Currently just the one:


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    My only IWC (and only auto), Mark XVIII. Accurate to plus 1 seconds per day.



    Iíve owned a couple of XVs, a XVI, a tribute to XI, an XVIII ďLe Petit PrinceĒ and a 3538.

    I love Stanfordís 812AD. I hope Baden H comes along and posts a picture of his XI. I think Trident 7 also has one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I was on the verge of buying back my 666 a few days ago, and have been looking for another decent Mark XII for a few years now. The one I really wish I still had is the 3228, though.
    There's a Mark XII with bracelet on eBay right now...

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/166450510...mis&media=COPY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    There's a Mark XII with bracelet on eBay right now...

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/166450510...mis&media=COPY
    Thanks, but there's a dink and scuffs to the bezel, which is a problem as the bezel is part of the top (middle?) case. They're very, very hard to refinish satisfactorily if they have damage.

    Good to see what looks like the original dial, though, as all too often they're replaced at service.

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    Ahhh, fair enough. I didn't look at it in any detail, just noticed it whilst on my daily hunt for an XVI bracelet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    Ahhh, fair enough. I didn't look at it in any detail, just noticed it whilst on my daily hunt for an XVI bracelet.
    I'm after a bracelet for my chrono as well. Hens teeth, and £1400 new!

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    I have had these 3. None in the collection at present, but it is a brand I like.






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    I first came across the brand when my uncle showed me his new beast of a watch - his 5004-01 big pilot. International watch company, who are they? never heard of them
    This was some 15+ years ago when I was still green. I've lusted after many since, especially the Mark series as the bracelet always looked special, after several years I took the plunge on a mark XX (courtesy of TZ's SC) My only IWC for now and is currently up there with my most worn at the moment, love it.
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    I was lucky enough to have custody of Pitchís IWC sensible sized mechaquartz pilots chronograph a while back. I loved it, only wish I hadnít returned it so early.

    Apart from that, that 666ad is stunning. Reminds me of the first Ďproperí watch I bought, an Omega deville chronometer.

    Happy days

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I'm after a bracelet for my chrono as well. Hens teeth, and £1400 new!
    Sheesh.

    The XVI bracelet isn't even available new now. I don't suppose I'll ever find one to be honest.

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    Absolutely love IWC - the only mainstream brand that has ever spoken to me, particularly around the turn of the century. If I'm honest, I have no idea why they are not more desirable as they now seem to represent superb value for the quality they represent.

    I have had a number of them, and I still own a few...

    A couple that are sadly gone...





    And some happily still with me...








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    Quote Originally Posted by tenpasten View Post
    And some happily still with me...


    I'd definitely like to pick up one of these on bracelet.

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    The last great Ingenieur, the 3227

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    Quote Originally Posted by meijlinder View Post
    The last great Ingenieur, the 3227
    I will never tire of the sight of this watch, what a magnificent beast it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenpasten View Post
    Absolutely love IWC - the only mainstream brand that has ever spoken to me, particularly around the turn of the century. If I'm honest, I have no idea why they are not more desirable as they now seem to represent superb value for the quality they represent.

    I have had a number of them, and I still own a few...

    A couple that are sadly gone...



    Two that I had and then let go. In fact, I arranged a meet up with a TZer in Geneva to pick up my Yacht Club. (Did you buy it from me?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Two that I had and then let go. In fact, I arranged a meet up with a TZer in Geneva to pick up my Yacht Club. (Did you buy it from me?)
    Hi Tony, yes, this one came from you. Having worn it for a while, it developed a fault whereby the minute hand got caught on the hour hand. I struggled to find an independent watchmaker who could resolve it so, reluctantly, I sent it off to Schaffhausen to get it sorted with strict instructions not to polish or replace anything. When it came back, it had been polished and the gorgeous hands and soft lume plots on the dial had been replaced with super-luminova. Needless to say, I was heartbroken, not to mention livid, and I knew I was not going to get over it, so I sold it on (here) to someone who was going to love it... not sure where it is now... cracking looking watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenpasten View Post
    Hi Tony, yes, this one came from you. Having worn it for a while, it developed a fault whereby the minute hand got caught on the hour hand. I struggled to find an independent watchmaker who could resolve it so, reluctantly, I sent it off to Schaffhausen to get it sorted with strict instructions not to polish or replace anything. When it came back, it had been polished and the gorgeous hands and soft lume plots on the dial had been replaced with super-luminova. Needless to say, I was heartbroken, not to mention livid, and I knew I was not going to get over it, so I sold it on (here) to someone who was going to love it... not sure where it is now... cracking looking watch.
    Oh no!!! How the hell could they make such monumental mistakes?

    I'm not surprised that you were livid.

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    My favourite brand I have never owned. At some point I will own a mark and/or an aquatimer!

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    The only IWC Iíve ever owned. A 1952 issued Mk 11.




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    Let's hear it for IWC

    Tricky to photograph but lovely in real life, especially in the festive season:



    I’ve owned these in the past, all beautifully engineered and somehow reassuringly solid:



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    I have these three in the collection currently.





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    Two at the moment but the new 41mm Mojave Chrono is very tempting - love that colour.

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    I had a AMG ingineur chrono which was nice and a black face pilot chrono sold them a few years back sadly ,some of the new range are nice but expensive and of course terrible depreciation.

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    A brand i really like heres my two




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    I still like the look of many of the Pilot's watches, the Portugieser & the Ingenieur but IWC are over-priced to me now & the Aquatimer designs went to pot after the 37XX models, but I've had a few I really liked





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    Quote Originally Posted by davide View Post
    The only IWC Iíve ever owned. A 1952 issued Mk 11.




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    Fresh in today and my 4th IWC. From UWTC - straight onto an IWC OEM NATO strap.

    IW 371701



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    This thread has prompted me to get this out of the watch box Ö



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