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The 30-second summary.

I think C-cases are a really underrated design for watches. This IWC classic fits really nicely on your wrist and will serve as a robust beater suitable for every occasion. 

 

What's so special about the watch?

When IWC introduced the C-cased Yacht Club in the 1970s, they had probably wanted a stylish everyday watch that would look as comfortable in a suit as it did on the wrist of a gentleman sailing the coast. 

 

More elegant than their Portofino counterparts and less chunky than the Genta-designed Ingenieur, the Yacht Club saw its long curved C-case sit comfortable on the wrists of the gentleman who wanted to stand out while being humbly modest. This specimen on offer leans slightly more on the dressy while retaining the sportier influences of the Yacht Club. 

 

What are the functions of the watch?

Time and date.

 

Let me tell you about the case...

So called the C-case because the case looks like two opposing C's overlapping each other forming a barrel shaped case. While the movement caseback and crystal are straight, the case itself curves nicely to wrap around the wearer's wrist, accentuating the dial of the watch and giving it an overall dressier outline. 

 

The face of the case is free from design elements - giving the patina dial the stage. The case itself has a brushed finish, and shows signs of polishing are evident with just a hint of the bezel left on the sides. An IWC "fish" crown protrudes from the right, nicely preserved with little signs of wear. A thick solid stainless steel oyster bracelet adds to the watches wearability. 

 

 

And now the dial...

Tastefully simple, the dial features faceted stick indices adorned with black onyx for increased legibility. The IWC insignia is applied at 12'O, with the company's cursive namesake printed right beneath. At 6 the automatic function of the watch is advertised in thin sarif. 

 

The champagne dial has slighlt age marks, lending it credibility as a vintage piece. Uneven patches of darkened patina scatter across the dial, most notable is the slight burn near the centre of the dial towards 9'O. 

 

Small dark grey dots are used between each hour index to denote the minutes, except for at 3'O, where a painted date window prevents the application of an index. Nine straight dots encircle the right side of the case, balanced nicely by the crown.

 

Let's not forget the hands...

Elegant stick hands with matching thin black lines down the middle circle the sepia dial, a tapered silver sweeping seconds leading the way.

"Chipper" - 1970s IWC C-Case Automatic

$2,080.00Price
  • Specifications

    • Hour, minute and central seconds hands
    • Matte champagne dial with date window at 3'O
    • 34mm stainless steel case
    • 40mm lug-to-lug
    • 18mm lug width
    • Automatic movement @ 21,600vph
    • Acrylic crystal
    • Original signed stainless steel oyster bracelet
     

    This is a consigned watch. This watch will be shipped via FedEx International Door-to-Door.

     

    This is a used timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. International sales are final; buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.

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