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Gold Watch + Production Dates
March 20, 2013
4 Discussions and Comments
Member since Feb. 27, 2013
Hello to everyone!
I've got an IWC pocket watch (Lép. cal. 52, open-face, 19 lig., H6) dating from around 1920 with a gold case (14K). I wonder how exceptional (or normal) that was at that time - how large was the percentage of gold watch?
Was it that the watches (with the same caliber and face) were produced with metal cases and only a small number of "limited edition collector's" gold watches was made? Or were gold watches produced in large amounts with a gold case being nothing special? (I can imagine that the watch itself was quite expensive, so the difference between metal and gold could be relatively small.)
DateYourIWC says about my watch:
The movement [#662,235] is a Lép. calibre 52, dating from the year 1917.
The case [#797,907] was most probably produced resp. delivered around 1923 [1919-1923 / 1920-1930].
The difference of 6 years between the production of the movement and the production of the case seems quite big to me. Is it normal? DateYourIWC says that the difference is usually 1-2 years. So how much certain should I be about the year 1923?
(I'd like to know when this ancestor of mine bought the watch...)
Thank you very much for any answer!
March 20, 2013
11,257 Discussions and Comments
Member since July 23, 2010
Gold watches were common and not special or limited production. The gold cases were around 3 times more, as the 1914 catalog shows (below). The date spread is not uncommon.
Last edited: 25 February, 2015 - 17:29