While from afar the IWC Hermet may just look like any other vintage IWC dress watch out there, it is actually one of the rarest and most desirable vintage IWCs in the market today. A few details set the watch apart and as always, it is the details that make a watch.
Beginning with the stainless steel case, it is sized way bigger than your average IWC at 38mm and features a unique inset fluted crown. While IWC made several Hermets in different sizes, this oversized case is by far the rarest and most sought after. I really love the inset crown as it adds a nice asymmetry to the overall design.
The term ‘Hermet’ comes from the word hermetic and it was IWCs form of climate proofing a watch. Featuring a tightly sealed snap caseback and together with the inset crown, this was a method to protect against humidity and dust.
The silver dial comes with very attractive blued steel Feuille hands and a large sub seconds at six o’clock. Furthermore, the dial design features some of the most beautiful numerals I have seen on a watch and it is really this that makes me love this Hermet so much. It has very stylised Art Deco style Arabic numerals that work so proportionately well with everything.
This Oversized IWC Hermet is a real connoisseur watch and for one who truly appreciates beauty in the details. Furthermore, it has rarity and condition going for it- you won’t find many oversized Hermets out there, let alone in this condition.