IWC Mark 11 (Mark XI) 6B/346 Royal Air Force (RAF) 1948

Item Number: IWC036

€8.685,75 EUR
-Specifications
Brand
IWC (International Watch Company)
Model
Mark XI
Reference
6B/346
Year
1948
Movement
Manual Wind Cal.89
Case
36mm
Material
Stainless Steel
Bracelet
Khaki NATO Strap
Bracelet Length
Approx 18.5cm
Includes
Watch Only
Notes
The watch would be fully serviced by our watchmaker after your order
A scratch on Plexi crystal is visible near 10 o'clock
Warranty
1-year Mechanical Warranty by us
Shipping
Global shipping via FedEx International Priority


-Description
Mark XI (Mark 11) 6B/346 from IWC, arguably the most famous of all military and pilot watches.

The Mark XI was ordered by the British from IWC for military use and was produced after World War II from around 1948 until the early 1960s.

This watch was actually supplied to the Royal Air Force and is marked with the Broad Arrow on the dial and caseback.

A key feature of the Mark XI is its robustness. The case size is 36 mm, a size that is good to use in everyday life.

To enhance its antimagnetic resistance, the case is double-layered to prevent the movement from being magnetized, and the movement is housed in an inner case.

The inner case is stamped "JWC," but there is a reason for this.

Until around the time of World War II, Germany regularly used a unique typeface for printing, called Fraktur.

In this typeface, there is no apparent difference between the capital letter I and J, so that although the watch was actually stamped IWC, it appeared to be JWC.

The watch is originally water resistant, with a screw-in caseback and water-resistant crown.

When the watch was produced in 1948, radium was used as the luminous.

Later, when the luminescence specification was changed to Tritium, the T mark was added by the watch factory of the British Ministry of Defense. Therefore, only the paint of the T part has a slightly different apperance.

The movement is the Cal. 89, IWC's signature manual wind,beating at 18,000 A/h.

Added a hack function (second hand regulation) and engraved broad-arrow from normal Cal.89.

[Payment Method]
1. Credit Card (Visa/Master/Amex)
2 Wire/Bank Transfer
*We have U.S bank account and European bank account. So you don't need to transfer internationaly.

[Delivery]
Shipped via FedEx International Priority.
Normally,Item will be shipped in 1-2 working days after payment received.

Tracking number will be provided, and insurance will cover if the item is damaged or missing in the shipping process.

[Custom Duty]
International buyer has a responsibility to pay import duties, taxes or charges. (ex VAT/GST)

We do not accept to declare lower value on shipping label or invoice.We will declare full value of them.

If you would like to know how much it will be, please check approximate cost below.
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These costs normally collected by courier when you pick up item or after your receive.

[Return]
We accept return in the case of shipping mistake or item defect in 14 days after your receive.

  1. Can I check the actual item at the store?
    -Yes, You can check it at the store.

  2. Can I ask reserve the watch?
    -No, we do not reserve a watch until payment completed because we also sell our products on online store.

  3. Can you adjust my bracelet? 
    -Yes,If you indicate your approximate arm circumference when you place an order, we will adjust it and send it to you.
    (*Riveted bracelets and Folded bracelets need to be adjusted by our watchmaker, so please allow a little time for this.)

  4. How long does it take for "delivery after service"?
    -Please allow approximately 1month to 1.5 months from the time of order.
    (*It may take a little longer depending on the schedule of the wacthmaker and the number of customers.)

  5. Is there a payment deadline? (Bank transfer)
    -If we cannot confirm your payment within 2 days of your order, we will cancel your order.

  6. Can I order by cash on delivery?
    -No, we do not accept cash on delivery.
  7. Do you accept installment payments or BNPL(Buy Now Pay Later)?
    -No, We do not support installment payments or BNPL.
  8. Do you ship internationally?
    -Yes, we ship via FedEx International Priority.
    (*Customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer, so please pay them upon or before receiving the package.)
About Service
Service(Overhaul) is the process of disassembling a mechanical product down to its component parts, cleaning, and reassembling it to bring it back to the state of performance when it was new.

The overhaul procedure is roughly explained as follows
Separate the case and movement.
Disassemble the movement
Inspect each part for wear and tear and perform a preliminary cleaning.
Cleaning by a special machine
Lubrication and assembly
6. Water-resistance inspection (water-resistance function guaranteed)
7. Adjustment and running test
This is the process of the watchmaking process.

Some movements consist of several hundred parts, which are disassembled piece by piece, inspected, cleaned, and reassembled in an extremely precise process.

Without overhaul, just like a car, the oil deteriorates and the risk of wear and tear on the parts increases, causing a loss of precision or, in serious cases, the inability to run.

We recommend an overhaul every two to three years to ensure economical and long-lasting use of your watch.


About new finishing (polishing)

Vintage watches have been used for decades, and even the stainless steel used in many watches has become rounded at the corners, or has many small scratches on the surface that should be beautiful with a mirror finish.

At Albitro, we believe that our watches should be purchased in beautiful condition and used for a long time, so we sell them with a new finish.

Especially for dress watches with gold cases, we finish them to bring out the best of the precious metal case.

The watches sold at Albitro that have been newly finished are photographed in very high resolution, so you can see the edges are sharp and the mirror finish reflects the light.

Some cases and bracelets have a mixture of mirror and hairline finishes, but not many craftsmen are able to distinguish between them and finish them at a high level.

The "thinning of the case" is another area that is highly dependent on the skill of the craftsman. A watch with skinny lugs is far from its original design, and its appearance is unbalanced.

It is a very meticulous process to reduce the thinness of the case as much as possible while eliminating scratches and dents to bring the watch closer to its original finish.

Of course, in some cases, it is better to leave the watch in its original condition as it is, as it is the history of the watch and the original condition is important.

We look at each watch individually and decide whether it is best to finish it before selling it.

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