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Vintage gold and steel IWC Yacht Club watch made in 1971

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Vintage gold and steel IWC Yacht Club watch made in 1971


A brief history on the IWC Yacht Club:
First launched at the Basel Watch Show in 1967, the Yacht Club was focused on precision, durability and utility as well as its great looking tonneau shaped design which became an instant hit. One of its best-selling features was a shock system involving spring suspension with rubber bumpers for the movement, thus ‘isolating’ it, a major innovation for the brand. The Yacht Club became IWC’s most popular model during this time.

Inside the original Yacht Club was the Calibre 8541 with date display and Pellaton bi-directional winding system. The stainless steel Yacht Club was water resistant to 100m and 60m for the gold version, via a crown mechanism that automatically tightened the seals as water pressure increased.

The superb IWC calibre 8541B which is regarded as one of the best movements ever produced not only by IWC but any watchmaking company in the world. This IWC movement was designed by Albert Pellaton who was the technical director of IWC, and this automatic movement has an ingenious system that included the ability for the automatic rotor to wind the watch regardless of which direction the rotor was turning. Fitted with a micro-regulator to guarantee accuracy and this among various other features make this one of the most accurate and well regarded watch movements in any watch back then and even today more than 40 years later.


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