I am the original owner of this rare and seldom-offered timepiece, purchased from Embassy Jewelers in Lucerne, authorized representative of the Musee International dHorologerie.
The MIH Watch has so many layers of meaning, and detail, that if youre not familiar with it, you should take some time to learn about it at www.mih-watch.ch.
To whet your appetite, the watch was designed by the legendary Ludwig Oechslin, designer of the Ulysse Nardin Freak, among many others, while he served as curator of the MIH.
The watches were fashioned by the equally legendary Paul Gerber at his workshop at Zurich.
Starting from a base Valjoux 7750 movement, Oechslin added a mere 9 parts and created a one-button chronograph AND annual calendar watch (the totalizer is on the reverse side of the watch).As you can see from the pictures below (please excuse my mediocre photography, especially the dust near the day/date indication), the watch is in outstanding cosmetic and, equally, mechanical condition.
I would conservatively rate it as TZ Near Mint (93-96%) condition.
There are some very faint scuffs on the edge of the front bezel, as shown in the pictures.
They are not visible to the naked eye.
The watch comes with the owners manual and guarantee, signed by Embassy.
I do not have the customary copy of the Neue Zrcher Zeitung printed on the day the watch was born, which served as the watchs wrapping, as it has now discolored and degraded.
The strap is a very comfortable aftermarket version (I found the original to be too stiff), but the watch clasp is original and bears the latitude and longitude coordinates of the Museum.Price is $4,500 shipped by USPS Priority Mail in CONUS with insurance and payment via PayPal to a verified address.
No sales outside of CONUS and no trades or lowball offers, please.
Thanks for looking.