oneredtrim Wrote: What's not even an opinion is...if you had an all steel, pot dialled writstwatche in the mid '30's, in England, then you were probably on the right end of the stick (some folk were eating orange peel).I was fortunate once to be invited to accompany somebody on route to purchase a very important clock. The prospective buyer never crossed the doorway of the room the clock was housed in but studied it from 20ft, before thanking the seller for thier time and declining thier consideration of a sale. Being a bit green..i asked what the problem with the clock was and was told it had been shortend by an inch or so (an inch over a 6&1/2 ft height). This new information did really beg the follow on question and obviously i asked it 'did the inch matter so greatly if the inch was lost in general mopping/wear and tear over 2& 1/2 centuries'...the gentleman run through the classical proportions of the clock case and before he had finished even i realised that the missing inch meant everything about the lot was out of plonk....such is the way with classical pieces.
I used to think it was clever to confuse comedy with tragedy. Now I wish I could distinguish them. John le Carré
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alwaysiwc Wrote:Hmm,Please do not take me wrong and I hope to be wrong, but..How could a 75 year old wristwatch have such "new" dial and hands? Does the extract say something on the dial and hands?. I have never seen this variation, also not in the old brochures. Can some of the expert collectors add more to this thread?Regards,Adrian.(alwaysiwc).
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oneredtrim Wrote:Skelette hands=period correct.Do not worry if you not seen it before.....i've never seen £43 million.....but i know it exists.
alwaysiwc Wrote:Hi Antonio,Thanks for the valuable comments. The dial and the hands on your watch resemble very much the dial and hands that IWC used for the CoE pocket watches made for Ulysse Nardin during WW I and further the original Mark IX better called "Spezialuhr für Flieger" But in both cases the indices and the hands were filled with Radium-226 luminescent material. The construction (skeleton) of the hands-called "Poires de Paris"- was such that they could better hold the lume material in place, but in many watches one can see crumbling of the lume substance after so many years.Kind regards,Adrian.
alwaysiwc Wrote:Yes, Antonio,I also have seen that the Radium-226 on the dials we are discussing here, has been wiped off in many watches. But always the indices were dammaged too, more or less wiped off as well....and here they are pristine. And please do not underestimate the skill of our East European friends in copying "anything" about classic watches, including IWC. Are you ware of the fact that there exist IWC Mark IX watches on the market from which the IWC experts were only able to call them fake, after chemical analysis of the steel of which the watch case had been made? In other words, movements, cases, numbers, dials and hands could not be identified to be genuine or not by IWC !Kind regards,Adrian.