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Ok, so my second IWC is on its way to me now. This one is a Mk XII and my previous one was a XV. I think I'll like the smaller case size better. Can I correctly assume the lugs are 18mm on the Mk XII?

I got this one pretty much sight-unseen and don't know much about the XII other than what I've read in the last hour or so on the internet. I got a good deal I think, but wonder if there are any insights to this piece that make it particularly unique? Mostly I'm interested in the width of the case lugs...I have a pretty good size inventory of straps and such in the 18mm width.
 

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I have one! It's a great watch with a very nice JLC manufactured movement from a period in IWC which was considered at its most recent peak by many enthusiasts. I believe it does have a 18mm lug.

My experiences so far:
- It is a very versatile watch, depending on the strap/bracelet, it can dress up or down. It's occupies a nice niche between a sports watch and a dress watch.
- I do not think of it as a rough and tumble sports watch. I would not deliberately wear in a situation where it's likely to receive extreme abuse. On the other hand, I do not feel to take it off at times to protect it either.
- Its pre-owned price on watch fora tends to trend lower than one might expect given its rarity and the prestige of the movement, I suspect, due to the 36mm size; its pre-owned price at dealers tends to trend quite high. A paradox. I suspect a few years down the road, it will become quite collectible.
- it's a fairly discrete watch, all things consider, but it does seem to get second glances at times. I remember a guy at a watch store in Switzerland seem to ramp up the service when he noticed the Mark XII on my wrist.
- I have thought of selling it at times to buy something bolder or large, but it so well executed and that level of movement quality is such a rarity at that price level - esp in a Pilot type watch, that I know that I will regret it. There are also times when I want to wear a watch that is more discrete and elegant.
 

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Just got the IWC and it's clear it is need of a service soon. Any suggestions on servicing?
 

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Well, show us a photo of it!!!!!!
My BB camera is pretty lousy, so I'll get it home and off the strap and cleaned up good and post a pic or two. It's going on a DiModell Rallye strap I've been saving for just the perfect 18mm home.
 

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I know. ;-)

Looks to be timing pretty well for the 3 hours I've been wearing it.
 

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Just got the IWC and it's clear it is need of a service soon. Any suggestions on servicing?
I would go to Superior again in Brooklyn. It should rund $500-550 for a service.
 

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Shipped to Superior in Brooklyn this morning. Now the long wait begins....
 

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Got email from Superior on Friday. Over $1100 is the estimated service cost. $495 for servicing the movement. $250 for new super luminova dial and hands. $250 for refurbishing the case. $125 for new IWC strap.
 

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Got email from Superior on Friday. Over $1100 is the estimated service cost. $495 for servicing the movement. $250 for new super luminova dial and hands. $250 for refurbishing the case. $125 for new IWC strap.
That's a lot of $$$ but keep in mind, you are doing a lot of stuff that are not necessarily part of a standard overhaul. As per earlier in the thread, I have a Mark XII which I will probably send off to Superior at some point. Faced with the same options, here is what I will do:

  • The previous owner switched out the hands but left the tritium dial. The luminova hands alone are enough to read the time at night with the more faint tritium dial (and it's a cheaper swap), but I would have been very happy if he left it all tritium as tritium develops a great patina over time which goes with the whole retro look of the watch (some watches now have superluminova tinted to look like aged tritium!). So I will pass on that.
  • I wear the watch a lot so it's going to develop a patina of scratches esp. around the bezel (far less on the sides). I think it looks fine like this & I rather keep it like this than polish down the case to remove the surface scratches that will resurface again anyway within a few days. So I will pass on that.
  • I have the unused OEM black strap and buckle. I use the buckle on other straps since there's nothing particularly special about the OEM strap in my humble opinion. So I will pass on that too.
  • $450 for the movement service is not too bad given that the IWC 884 movement is considered a sophisticated, 'high strung' movement which is best left to an IWC specialist like Superior to overhaul. Yes - definitely.
 

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Exactly what I did.
 

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(sigh)

waiting....

;-)
 

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It's always a long wait when you send a newly bought watch out for service. This why I will probably send my Mark XII out for service now that I just received my 3536 - this way I will not miss it quite as much. By the time, it comes back, I will be raring to wear it again.
 
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