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Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 19, 2012

LOT 153

IWC REF. 431 B-UHR GERMAN AIR FORCE International Watch Co., movement No. 1014654, case No. 1033994, Ref. 431. Made in 1940 for the German Air Force, sold November 13, 1940. Very fine and extremely rare, oversized, center seconds, anti-magnetic, anti-corrosion stainless steel military pilot?s wristwatch with indirect seconds and a very long aviator?s leather strap. Accompanied by the Certificate of Origin.

C. Four-body, matte gray, inclined bezel, concave lugs, large winding crown, stainless steel anti-magnetic lunette to protect the movement against magnetic fi elds, snap-on case back, band engraved FL 23883. D. Black with luminous Arabic numerals and baton indexes, outer minute/seconds track. Luminous blued steel lozenge hands. M. Cal 52 T, gilt brass, 15 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, blued steel Breguet balance spring, swan neck micrometer regulator, hack mechanism. Case and movement signed. Diam. 55 mm. Thickness 17 mm.

HKD 120,000 - 190,000

USD 15,000 - 25,000 / EUR 12,000 - 18,000

Sold: HKD 168,750

Grading System
Case: 3-11


Slightly worn

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original