1926 IWC Military-style Vintage Watch


The Swiss are renown for their watchmaking expertise and craftsmanship. In the world of horology, Switzerland is the center of the timekeeping universe. Therefore, you might be surprised to learn that the International Watch Co. in Schaffhausen (IWC) was founded in 1968 by an American named of Florentine Ariosto Jones.

FA Jones was the former director of E. Howard & Co. of Boston, considered the premier US watch manufacturer at the time. Jones’ intention was to combine the precision of Swiss craftsmanship with American engineering and export his watches back to the US market. Back in the day, labor wages and supply in Switzerland made this exchange economically viable, and thus IWC was born. To this day, IWC is considered a global premier watchmaker and is the only major manufacturer located in eastern Switzerland (the majority are in the western region).

Our featured watch is a vintage military-style pocket watch converted to a wrist watch. With it’s black dial face, classic Arabic numerals, and large serrated crown, this beautiful example exemplifies simple yet elegant watchmaking at its very best. Some other details include a four-piece, double-hinged chrome steel case, swan-neck regulator, an inner dust cover lid to protect the mechanism from dust and debris, and an original movement in an excellent condition and fully operational. It is currently offered on auction at Ebay with a bid of $482.77 with no reserve and a little over two days to go…and counting.

IWC’s official motto is Probus Scafusia, meaning “good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.” Yes, it is. Yes, it is.


Year: 1926
Model: Military-style
Price: $482.77 (No reserve)



I proudly offer for sale this Military Style example with BLACK MILITARY STYLE dial, ORIGINAL CASE and CLEAN HIGH GRADE original pocket watch MECHANISM with SWAN NECK MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING made by International Watch Company (IWC).

This timepiece features a new handsome BLACK MILITARY STYLE dial in excellent condition. This gorgeous, men’s wristwatch by IWC features a 60 minute checkered outer track border, Arabic numerals, steel skeleton hands with luminous fill and a recessed sub-seconds dial with 60 second outer chapter and “sweep” steel seconds hand. It is signed International Watch Co in white enameled lettering below the 12 further signed SCHAFFHAUSEN.

This model features an ORIGINAL four piece, double-hinged chrome steel case that provides for a useful dust cover over the movement. The case was made especially for IWC. Turning the watch over I note that the back lid is nice and clean. This watch was converted from pocket watch. The lugs are in great condition while the winding crown is in very good shape and operates properly. The inside of the outer case lid signed case referent number #882,008. This case reference number repeat inside on the inner case lid.

Lifting this lid reveals an inner dust cover lid, also chrome steel. This was used to protect the mechanism from dust and debris and to provide an extra layer of protection from shock or moisture.

This beautiful wristwatch has the vintage Original movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time. Manual wind gold plated high-grade mechanism has SWAN NECK MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING. The barrel plate is stamped the “Probus Scafusia”, which today still marks the authenticity of the IWC. There is signed the movement serial number #842,470, dating the watch to 1926 as per company production records and +55231 – H5. The movement is a Lip. c.57T – 18lig. H5 caliber.

It is fitted on a new 18mm black genuine leather strap with chromed steel buckle that has a great military look to it.

Diameter (with crown): 54.00 mm
Diameter (without crown): 49.00 mm
Watch crystal diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 14.00 mm

This fine watch winds and sets smoothly and keeps great, accurate time.

Because of the vintage nature of the watch, I cannot guarantee its absolute time keeping accuracy even if they are in good running condition and in some rare occasions may require additional adjustment.

Click here for the seller’s ad on Ebay.





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