laurence Wrote:I've just inherited an IWC MK XI from my grandfather and am hoping to find out a bit more about it. Any responses much appreciated!Most importantly, I wanted to check whether the radium paint on the hands is dangerous (I will only wear rarely).Secondly, is there any way of finding out more of the history of the watch? The serial number is 774/50 (which I presume means it is watch number 774 from 1950).backpictureThe back also shows the quality stamp 6B/346 and an arrow stamp.The front shows the circled T, the arrow and the words: International Watch Co frontpictureApologies for the terrible photos.Thirdly, where can I buy an IWC strap?and finally, I'm hoping to get the watch serviced - does anyone know how much this would roughly cost and who would be able to do it?many thanks if you can help,Laurence
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Ross Wrote:Welcome here. A very nice inheritance!I'd be cautious about sending it to Schauffhausen for a service, UNLESS you very specifically tell them NOT to change the dial and hands or polish the case; a watch with this provenance deserves to keep it's wabi and a new dial/hands will ruin the watch (IMO).Where are you located? A decent watchmaker could easily service this in your home country (give me a shout if you're in the UK).It is possible to order a leather strap with open ends via your AD, I forget the part number but a search of the archives may well pay dividends. A reasonable alternative would be a "NATO" band, or for real authenticity, a Bonkilp bracelet (looks terrible IMO but it's what the watch would have come with originally). A well known auction site will yield one of these.Enjoy wearing it and if I may be cheeky, please find the macro button on your camera and treat us to some more photos!
Louis Musgrove Wrote in reply to:laurence Wrote:Hi Ross,sorry - I can't seem to find where the archives are - I assumed there was a link on this website. any help much appreciatedthanksJust look at the bottom of the first page after signing in.
laurence Wrote:Hi Ross,sorry - I can't seem to find where the archives are - I assumed there was a link on this website. any help much appreciatedthanksJust look at the bottom of the first page after signing in.