Beautiful watch. Love the date dial.What a quiet thread - maybe it was my lousy joke in the previous post! Ok I’ll answer for real this time...
IWC was also the first “real” mechanical watch that I fell in love with. The model that grabbed my interest was the Mark XVII, and specifically it was this picture (that I found somewhere on google). I went full on hook-line-and-sinker!
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The beautiful high-contrast, super legible dial. I also liked the (controversial) altimeter styled date window. It was a perfectly sized watch for me and was a joy to wear! I owned it for a year before I moved on to a SubC (my grail watch)... I gotta admit looking at this picture makes me wish I still had it! Here the last photo of me wearing it (no coincidence it is a similar photo to the one that grabbed me a year earlier!)
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Very cool. Interesting how IWC was connected with Porsche and now AMG.In 1985 when I started researching watches, it seemed to me that outside the “Trinity” of Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin and Audemars Piguet, the IWC was the next highest quality watch. It also marked the line of affordability: the Trinity were unobtainable for me at their respective prices, but IWC was accessible.
I sought them out at my usual sources: flea markets, NAWCC chapter swaps, and on the wrists of the uninformed. I bought my first IWC in October 1989, a Porsche Design Titan chronograph. I bought it sight unseen from a seller’s photocopied list of watches for sale (no pictures) and was disappointed when I saw the contemporary design of it. Later it became my favorite watch of all time, and I happened to be wearing one earlier today.
Also interesting how the connection was not with the automobile manufacturers but with Porsche Design, which was a separate company from the car maker.Very cool. Interesting how IWC was connected with Porsche and now AMG.