A gentleman's 18K solid gold manual watch from the International Watch Company (IWC), in very good overall condition.This model dates sixty three years ago to 1954 and houses the cal.89 movement, judged to be the best manual movement manufactured by IWC. The case has gorgeous tear drop lugs is large for the period, measuring approximately 36mm across as opposed to the normal 33/34 mm. The dial presents very well and the freshly oiled and adjusted movement is running strongly and keeping time. The watch is fitted with a genuine alligator calf strap.
This is a very expensive connoisseur’s watch made by a low volume elite company which has a reputation among aficionados for producing some of the finest quality watches in the world. The movements in these watches are pure works of art and of a quality which is second to none. To those who have only a passing interest in top quality watches, an IWC watch is not immediately obvious as a high end timepiece but at auctions, hammer prices of IWC models often surpass the levels reached by more well known high end makes. IWC watches are truly remarkable and HIGHLY sought after by collectors (who must have at least one) as well people wanting to wear a watch with elegance and understated class. I always keep at least one in my own collection and this one has been with me for a while.
Dial: in very good condition, signed “International Watch Co. Schaffhausen Swiss”. The hours are marked by gold coloured arrow batons and Arabic numerals. The hands are in good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial has just been returned from expert restoration back to as it looked when new.
Case: 18 carat solid gold with tear drop lugs, measuring approximately 36 mm across, excluding the crown and 44 mm from lug to lug. The inside of the rear cover is signed by IWC and includes the famous circular logo containing the words “IWC Probus Scafusia”. It is also hallmarked as 18K solid gold on the inside of the rear cover. The case shows the expected signs of use over the years. All that I could see to draw to your attention is a small pressure mark on the rear cover and a few tiny pit marks.
Movement: IWC cal. 89 17 jewel mechanism winding and setting smoothly, running well and keeping time. The cal 89 is a robust reliable power unit, used in most IWC manual watches manufactured during the 1940's/50's. The movement is signed “International Watch Co. Swiss”. The serial number dates the watch to 1954.
Strap: fitted with a used generic black genuine alligator calf vintage strap, which attached to the watch measures approximately 210 mm from buckle tip to last hole.