• Apprentice
    6 Jun 2024, 10:24 a.m.

    Hi everyone,

    I have the opportunity to acquire an IWC watch from around 1955 for a very low price. While I am not particularly into vintage watches, I am considering this purchase and would appreciate some advice.

    The watch has been examined by a professional watchmaker who confirmed that it is repairable, but he did not provide any further details. Based on my research, I believe the watch houses an IWC calibre 8521 movement.

    Given that I am not familiar with vintage watch restoration, I am looking for guidance on whether this project is feasible for someone with limited experience. Specifically, I would like to know:

    1. The typical challenges involved in restoring a watch of this age and calibre.
    2. Any recommendations for resources or professionals who specialize in vintage IWC watches.
    3. An estimate of the potential costs associated with the restoration.

    Any insights or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help!

    Best regards,

  • Insider
    6 Jun 2024, 6:50 p.m.

    Hi JTBO,

    what you are looking for is what we call a project watch. The condition of the movement and especially the dial needs a lot of work, money and time to bring it back to a decent condition. I guess for the monetary effort involved in this project you will find a similar watch in a much better condition. Dials can be restored, but finding parts for the movement can be very tricky. From my point of view i would wait for a other one in better or good condition. I also bought some "project" watches which i regret cause thex are still lying unginished in boxes an i must admit that they turned out as not so good of a deal.