1968 IWC Automatic Pellaton 810A 9ct

£2,800.00

IWC has been well known for its high watchmaking standards and makes some classy timepieces. This 9ct automatic is no exception cased in yellow gold with an immaculate brushed silver dial with a raised applied logo. This particular watch has the Pellaton winding system. This system paved the way for IWC.

Pellaton hit upon a surprising solution: instead of putting a ball bearing or cog at the center of the rotor, he used a heart-shaped, eccentrically bearing-mounted disc. The latter converts the rotor’s revolutions into the to-and-fro movements of a rocking bar. The bar’s rocking movements are then transmitted to the winding wheel by two pawls: while one of them pulls the wheel (i.e. winds it), the other glides smoothly over the top of it until the roles are reversed. The mechanism patented in 1950 is unusually efficient. “The rotor’s smallest movement in either direction is used to wind the mainspring,” explains Gäumann.

Even if the principle is simple enough, an automatic winding system poses many different challenges for the design engineers. On the one hand, the mechanism must function perfectly for a wide range of wearers with different habits and lifestyles. On the other, the automatic sub-assembly is exposed to more wear and tear than most other parts in the movement. In the new 52850 calibre, for instance, the rotor has to complete 2600 revolutions to fully wind the two barrels in the Portugieser Annual Calendar. Although the rotor weighs just less than five grams, the forces exerted on the components during rapid movements may be as much as 5000 times that of gravity. Protecting the oscillating system against wear and tear, therefore, merits special attention.

Credit : IWC website

Interesting Fact “IWC had invented a system with which they could use the hydropower of the Rhine for industrial purposes and start the mechanized watch production”

Dial Colour: Silver

Collection: IWC Ref 810A

Style: Male

Case Material: 9ct Gold

Clasp: Buckle

Strap: Green Leather

Case Size (mm): 34mm

Glass: Plexi

Movement: Automatic C8541

Water Resistance: N/A

Features: Centre Seconds and Date

Stock Code: IWC018

The watch comes with a two guarantee.

 

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