Restoration of a 1952 IWC Mark 11

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Restoration of a 1952 IWC Mark 11

Post by zafbasha » Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:04 pm

This will be a fun project, so I thought we'd do a little write up. This is how I received the watch today...

The watch had it's fixed bars drilled out, the wrong crown, a totally beat up crystal and is running sluggishly.

BUT ... lurking under there is a rather nice dial.

Stay tuned.
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Re: Restoration of a 1952 IWC Mark 11

Post by zafbasha » Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:33 am

DAY 1:

A bit lucky, but I have in stock 1.5mm bars. Exactly the right size for a nice compression fit on the existing holes.

With the MOVEMENT OUT you can drive them into place. The driven side will mushroom out a little, which the side I will likely leave unsoldered.
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Re: Restoration of a 1952 IWC Mark 11

Post by zafbasha » Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:41 am

This is what it looks like with the bars in. No to cutting them down to size....(trickier than you'd think).
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Re: Restoration of a 1952 IWC Mark 11

Post by zafbasha » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:24 pm

This is what it looks like with the bars in. Now to cutting them down to size....(trickier than you'd think).

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Re: Restoration of a 1952 IWC Mark 11

Post by zafbasha » Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:02 pm

The fixed bars are in, I was fortunate to get a very good pressure fit, so I didn't even need to tack them. Almost like they were never off!
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Re: Restoration of a 1952 IWC Mark 11

Post by zafbasha » Wed May 04, 2016 11:26 am

Here we go, back from a complete overhaul mechanically, NOS crystal and NOS crown. Not a bad result if I may so so myself!
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