The wonderful caliber 89 IWC featured in today's offering showcases what makes vintage IWC's so special.
It is quite large for a dress watch from the era - measuring 36mm in diameter without the crown, it is the same width as a Rolex Datejust and only one millimeter smaller than a Patek "King Size" ref. 2481.
Its large dial gives it an even larger presence on the wrist than its full size dimensions.
Powered by one of the most highly-regarded manually wound movements ever made, talked about in the same sentence as Pateks, the watch is rich in technical details.
The movement was designed by IWC's renowned technical director Albert Pellaton and chosen by the company to power their famous Mark 11 military watches.
Housing the fine movement is its elegant and large 18K gold case. IWC equipped the case with dramatic claw style lugs, giving it a distinctive and very pleasing style.
Its parts are original down to all of the hands. The only replacement part is the crown.
Its case presents very nicely on the wrist. It has one flat area on the left size that very slightly affects how the movement sits. The rest of the case is better than near mint with a clear hallmark.
Its dial has just been restored by one of the leading dial experts in North America. One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
City of origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Serial No.: 1,148,159
Year built: 1947
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
Model: Caliber 89
Designed for: Men
Case material: 18K yellow gold
Case markings (inside): 18K (0.750), IWC, Swiss, 1176959
Case condition: Its case presents very nicely on the wrist. It has one flat area on the left size that very slightly affects how the movement sits in the case. The rest of the case is better than near mint with a clear hallmark.
Dial: Silver, gold baton and Arabic indexes, outer minute track, meticulously restored
Dimensions: 36mm wide (without crown), 43mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, gold, 'lances'
Movement type: IWC caliber 89, manually wound, rhodium plated, fausses cotes decoration, shock resistant, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, Breguet balance spring, index regulator
Movement markings: International Watch Co., Swiss
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unused
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Movement markings: International Watch Co., Swiss, C.89, 17 Jewels
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.