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No. 464 / IWC Yacht Club - 1967

No. 464 / IWC Yacht Club - 1967

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IWC
Yacht Club
Automatic / Excellent Condition / 1967


Intro

This IWC Yacht Club from 1967 is in great condition.

Story

Introduced at the Basel Fair in 1967, the Yacht Club was IWC’s attempt to create an all-weather, dressy-casual watch that the owner could wear in all environments. It represented a departure from the military pieces that the manufacture produced during and just following World War II, or the Aquatimer, the brand’s first dive watch that was released in 1967. IWC intended the Yacht Club to inhabit a middle ground between the two—still water resistant, still robust, but elegant enough to pass muster at a yacht club, for instance.

Actually, the name truly does say it all—in this case, it was where IWC intended the watch to be worn. Along with the Yacht Club, IWC released a whole “Club” line, marketed toward specific sports: for example, the Golf Club and the Polo Club, whose integrated bracelet foreshadowed the IWC Ingenieur SL that would be designed by Gerald Genta. However, neither the Golf Club nor the Polo Club were as successful as the Yacht Club, which found a niche both among contemporary consumers and collectors today.

In aesthetics as well as spirit, the Yacht Club bears comparison to the Rolex Datejust, that arbiter of casual luxury that has been a mainstay in the boxes of many vintage watch collectors since the 1940s. Like the Datejust, the Yacht Club brought together a sturdy stainless steel 36mm case, a sparse, elegant dial, and a robust automatic movement. For the Yacht Club, IWC relied on a calibre to rival any that Rolex produced: the Calibre 8541B.

For many technically-minded collectors, a movement can be the selling point for a watch, one that tips the scales from “maybe” to “I definitely have to have this.” In that arena, the Calibre 8541B definitely doesn’t disappoint. It was conceived by Albert Pellaton, IWC’s master calibrist, whose innovative winding system—featured in this watch—is known as “the Pellaton winding system.”

Although IWC would give the Yacht Club a successor—designed by Gerald Genta himself—these versions, being mostly quartz, aren’t nearly as popular as the originals. The one that we offer here is in excellent, virtually New Old Stock condition, complete with a steel “Oyster-style” bracelet and hang tag. For the collector who wishes to add a luxury sports watch—with a killer movement—to his collection, the Yacht Club is it.

Detail

MODEL
Yacht Club

REFERENCE
R811 AD

YEAR
1967

SERIAL
1882754

CASE
36mm (excluding crown), Stainless Steel

MOVEMENT
Automatic, Cal.8541 (1880894)

LUG
18mm

COMES WITH
Watch with 3rd party stainless steel mesh


Condition

OVERALL A Rank
CASE Great Condition
CRYSTAL Great Condition
DIAL Great Condition
HANDS Great Condition
MOVEMENT Great Condition
ACCURACY 3 Sec. / day (12 Hr. Timegrapher Test)

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