IWC Vintage Automatic Dress Watch VWS-2517

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Here is a wonderful, all original IWC dress watch from 1968. The silver sunburst dial is in very fine condition, with a steel IWC block logo and the script logo underneath it. It has steel bar hour markers with lume dots at the outer ends, double at 12 o’clock. There is a scatter of tiny marks around the 6 o’clock hour marker, which are less visible to the naked eye than in close-up photos. The steel sword hands with the original lume are in good condition, with some corrosion visible upon close inspection. The hack stops the seconds hand when the crown is pulled out to time-setting mode, to facilitate more accurate time setting.


The stainless steel watch face/bezel is in fine condition with only light overall wear, most notable around 5 and 10 o’clock. The stainless steel case with the original fish crown and faceted heavy lugs is in very fine condition, with only light overall wear, perhaps most prominent a nick at the left case side. The case back is in very fine condition, with a brushed center and a polished rim.


The watch comes on an after market leather strap and buckle of good quality.


Inside the watch, IWC’s superb 854 movement with the Pellaton winding system beats strongly and accurately to within about +-12 seconds per day. The watch was fully serviced in March 2024 and comes with a 12 month warranty on its proper mechanical functioning.


IWC watches are known for their timeless designs and top notch mechanics, and this watch exemplifies that. This is a watch that will serve you well for many years to come, and it fits nicely into any vintage collection.


Our watches are delivered in a luxury wooden watch box, fully serviced with a 12 month warranty that covers the mechanical functioning of the watch under normal use. We offer 14 days full return rights and are very proud of our reputation for outstanding customer satisfaction.


NB! Note that we are based in Switzerland and that the buyer is responsible for any import fees their country may impose on a purchase from abroad. Ask us if you have any questions.


Basic info

Reference number    818A
Brand    IWC
Code    VWS-2517
Movement    Automatic
Case material    Steel
Bracelet material    Leather
Year    1968
Condition   Very Good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery    No original box, no original papers
Gender    Men's watch/Unisex
Location Switzerland, Lonay


Movement    Automatic
Movement/Caliber    IWC 854
Power reserve    40 h
Number of jewels    21
Frequency    19800 A/h


Case material    Steel
Case diameter    35 mm
Lug to lug 41 mm
Water resistance    Not water resistant
Bezel material    Steel
Crystal    Plexiglass
Dial    Silver
Dial numerals    No numerals


Bracelet material    Leather
Bracelet color    Brown
Lug width    18 mm
Clasp    Buckle
Clasp material    Steel




Central seconds, Only Original Parts