Hello IWC experts,
I bought this watch very recently for more than 3000€ from a reputable source with box and all papers (full set). The history of this watch reveals that it was sold by an AD to a watch collector and then resold to a dealer who sold it to me.
Here the movement:
The watch was sold on 1.06.2009 to the first purchaser.
The watch looked genuine to me at the time of purchase. But there are a few things that make me sceptical and I would be honored if you could help.
First: there seems to be only AR coating on the inside of the crystal. At least the anti-reflective coating is quite weak. Research of all the Mark XVI Spitfire models from 2009-2016 revealed that they should be AR coated on the inside and outside. Is this true? Or had very early models only coating on the inside?
Second: the lug bezels are not polished. From all the pictures and videos on YouTube about the Mark XVI Spitfire I have concluded that the lug bezels should be polished. Only the Mark XV Spitfire (the earlier model) has unpolished lug bezels. What is your opinion on that?
Third: the SWISS MADE writing is not perfectly centered, the gap between the last S in SWISS and the 6 o'clock marker is slightly larger than the gap between the same marker and the M in MADE. Is this normal? Also the 15 minute marker "hangs" a tiny fraction lower than the 3 o'clock marker, again they are not perfectly aligned. I have seen such imperfections on other completely new IWC watches sold by ADs so I assumed that it's normal but would be happy to see your opinion on it as well.
Is the watch authentic? Or did somebody tinker with it? Hopefully it is not fake?
Greatful for your comments.