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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 53

    IWC. A rare and unusual stainless steel openface antimagnetic keyless lever watch

    SIGNED IWC, INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, INGENIEUR, REF. 5215, MOVEMENT NO. 2'316'627, CASE NO. 2'338'631, MANUFACTURED IN 1987

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    IWC. A rare and unusual stainless steel openface antimagnetic keyless lever watch
    Signed IWC, International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, Ingenieur, ref. 5215, movement no. 2'316'627, case no. 2'338'631, manufactured in 1987
    Cal. 9520 gilt-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, anti-magnetic soft iron core and cap, textured silvered dial, applied baton numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, raised screwed bezel, screw back, case, dial and movement signed
    50 mm. diam.


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    With IWC original fitted presentation box and photocopy of the technical sheet of ref. 5215.

    According to the Archives of IWC, the present watch was sold to a retailer in Milan in 1987.

    Reference 5215 is from the "Ingenieur" series (see previous lot) and is the first and to date only anti-magnetic (40,000 A/m) and water-resistant (30 meters) pocket watch ever made. The model was available with four different dial versions, amongst those the textured variant as on the present watch, called "Millimeterpapier" or "graph paper" amongst collectors.

    In production from 1983 until 1996 and made in exceedingly small series only, reference 5215 has become a much sought-after collectors' items in today's market.