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IWC Porsche Design Automatic Compass Wristwatch IWC 178
  • BandRubber Strap
  • Case MaterialTitanium
  • ConditionMint
  • MovementAutomatic

IWC Porsche Design Automatic Compass Wristwatch

Mint condition and highly collectible IWC Porsche Design automatic compass watch, just serviced by independent watchmaker. IWC have been making specialised and high quality watches in Switzerland since 1868. Many of the IWC vintage watches are now prized collectors items. They are a company who continue to produce high quality and unique watches for a more demanding current market. Each IWC watch is hand finished, and made to the highest of standards, where attention to detail is of essence. Design is of the essence in many IWC watches, even more so when the design is in conjunction with one of the world's most iconic of design companies, Porsche Design. The resulting watch from this collusion is a timepiece that is designed to stylish and contemporary standard and put into the construction of a watch that is strong, durable and can last for ever. This watch was originally released in 1974, intended for use with the German military and it was indeed issued with success to military forces, however there are no issue stamps on this one so it is a civilian model. The movement is fully automatic, Swiss made 25 jewel. The dial is mat black with contrasting red sweep second hand and quick set date at the 3 position with black wheel and white print. The luminosity on the dial is fading nicely to give it a slightly aged look. Because of the mechanical compass feature, the watch was made of aluminium instead of steel, so as not to interfere with the magnetism that the compass requires to operate. It was originally produced with two finishes, the anodised military green and anodised black finish, this one is black which is more wearable than the green finish. The watch features a mechanical compass. This is revealed by pressing the buttons on each side of the watch case at the 6 position. The clicking in and out is a nice secure click. The watch head is lifted and can rest on an internal latch so it does not fall shut when being operated. It clicks open and closed smoothly and easily on the latch. The compass can be rotated independently of the case by use of a hand turning bezel. It also has a signal mirror on the underside of the movement case, opposite the compass. The watch also features sighting guides (there are two notches on the left hand side of the case one below the 7 o'clock mark and one above the 11 o'clock mark for sighting and taking compass bearing). The case is black titanium and the bracelet is original to the watch, and is made out of a nylon resin, it is comfortable to wear, light in weight and the bracelet is full size. Dimensions are as follows: width is 39 mm excluding the crown, 42 mm including the crown, lug to lug is 46 mm and thickness is 13 mm.

Ref. IWC 178. Price is £1,495

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