IWC Steel Calatrava Automatic Cal. 852

IWC’s Caliber 852 originally came into production post-war, in 1952. Featuring the Pellaton winding system which was a new and extremely efficient movement system for perpetual automatic wristwatch movements. This innovative movement was patented by IWC in 1950 and we saw the first mass production of these watches in 1952. The Pellaton winding system is still used in IWC watches today and has been improved upon ever since.

These early IWC Calatrava's in stainless steel are simply stunning with a nonsense design. The dressy Calatrava case and dial design pairs excellently with the utilitarian stainless steel material. This watch makes for a highly reliable daily wearer, that is designed to last.


Stock # IWCCAL852-2
Brand IWC
Style Calatrava
Model Cal. 852
Serial 140XXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black 
Millimeters 35mm
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The Calatrava style case is in excellent vintage condition, showing very little signs of use and appears to have been lightly polished in the past. The smooth stainless steel bezel is clean, showing almost no signs of use. The IWC "fish logo" crown is believed to be an early service replacement. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The warm and original silver dial has an excellent vintage aesthetic, showing some signs of aging on the outer edge of the dial. The gold indices and markers all remain intact and in excellent condition. The original alpha style gold hands also remain in great vintage condition, showing some light oxidation which is normal for this era. 


None. The watch is running in perfect working condition, additional service history is unknown.