clepsydra Wrote:Although the Seeland era is obviously an important chapter of IWC's history, horologically speaking, it appears to have been a low point.Please correct me if I am wrong.
JimmyR Wrote:Tony, you are quite right about the quality, if the name International watch hadn´t been present, or the watches were not in some way related to IWC, I suspect these watches would have been binned a long time ago ;-)...but...I collect and have them restored for what they are, a part of IWC´s heritage, no matter what quality. I like to compare these artifacts to my old Porsche, of course the new(er) ones are more sophisticated but it´s the oldies that ooze tradition.Best RegardsJimmy
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alwaysiwc Wrote:The comment of Ralph Ehrismann is very interesting.I can not take part on the technical details as I have no knowledge on it. But the term "early fake" sounds interesting to me.Why would a relatively cheap movement, made by a company that already went into bankcrupty, 7 years after it had been founded and which had no reputation at all during those days, be copied or faked?Why copying an IWC made full plate movement while the market was full of cheap nearly the same watches, mechanically made by several large U.S. manufacturers?Could it not be that IWC just bought "ébauches" from other companies as they possibly did with the ultra flat C.H Meylan ébauches and as they did for their famous "Schaufensteruhr"?I have difficulties to believe that any advantage for any person would occur by "faking" a cheap watch back in 1875-1880. Is there any proof that faking and copying was carried out during those days, while we know that multiple patents were registrated and granted to every watch manufacturer?Further, the fact that a cal. 24 is very different from the watch shown by Jimmy, may not impress me very much. There are several examples of different movements belonging to the same caliber name. Take for instance cal. 67. There was an old cal 67 and the "new" cal 67 as we know it in the military pocket watches (KM). The names are identical, the movements completely different. Kind regards,Adrian,(alwaysiwc).
Hi Jimmy,I agree one hundred percent with Adrian. These are no fakes.Alan
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