With the famous Pellaton automatic movement, this IWC combines great horology with classic looks.  Model reference R802A.


From the serial number on the movement we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1963.


Albert Pellaton was a watchmaker who improved the efficiency of automatic movements.  His idea was to use a series of pawls to maximise the effect of the rotor turning, and it was so good that Seiko’s magic finger mechanism is spookily similar and still in production today.  On the IWC we have here the pellaton system is fitted to the IWC calibre  C8541, and it is also combined with a calendar with semi quick set function.  The dial has some patina but looks to be original.  The original signed crown is still fitted (IWC use a fish symbol on the crown of their watches that were deemed water resistant when new).  The case is unpolished and show some honest marks of the time past since it was made.  The leather strap is new, and could be swapped for a different colour if preferred – we deliberately chose a vivid strap to make the watch stand out.

This watch will be supplied with our branded presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

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Width with crown  36.1 mm

Width without crown  33.7 mm

Between lugs  18 mm

Lug to lug length  42.0 mm

Case Thickness  10.8 mm

All sizes are approximate.  The watch is photographed on a wrist of 190mm/7.5 inches.

Included with this watch is a 3 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.  If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries.  Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us.   Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

From 1st September 2021 we will be planting a tree for every watch we sell, working with the International Tree Foundation (Est 1922) to make this business positive on carbon.  By buying anything pre owned you are effectively reusing what already exists, but this takes it further and makes us feel good.