WC SCHAFFHAUSEN, CALIBER 89, SOLID 18K GOLD DRESS WATCH. Offered for sale is this classic IWC solid gold dress watch with a Caliber 89 movement in excellent vintage condition.
If youre looking at this listing, you are most likely aware of the high regard many watch collectors have for the Caliber 89 movement. For those not familiar, the celebrated IWC Caliber 89 movement is considered by many authorities to be one of the very finest manual-wind watch movements ever made. The movement was produced in response to the need of the British military for a robust and accurate watch, and was launched into production in 1948 in the IWC Mark XI, a legendary pilots watch developed for the British Ministry of Defence.
To ensure durability and accuracy, the movement features extra thick bridges and cocks, with hefty pins holding the bridges to the plate, and Incabloc shock protection to protect the balance in case of shock. Additional innovative design features, such as modifying the traditional center seconds spring pinion to improve durability and stability, were also incorporated.
The watch is in excellent vintage condition. The original, un-refinished dial, very desirable for some collectors, shows a slight patina, and the case shows moderate wear scratching consistent with its 60+ years age. The 1,39x, xxx serial number corresponds to a production date circa 1956.
The Caliber 89 movement was fully serviced by an Omega-trained watchmaker in 2018, and is keeping excellent time. The solid 18 yellow gold case is a good-sized 35.5 mm across, not including the crown, with a lug width of 18 mm. The hefty extended horn lugs make the watch seem bigger than it is and convey a more substantial presentation than the much thinner and smaller lugs that are more common. The dial features gold hour/minute/second hands, gold hour chapters and is signed International Watch Company, Schaffhausen.The solid gold, IWC-signed snap-on back shows no visible dings and moderate wear scratching. The Caliber 89 movement, decorated with Geneva waves, features gold chatons surrounding the rubies, and is signed International Watch Company-Swiss in gold. Width, not including crown: 35.5 mm.
Frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 vph. Functions: hours, minutes, center seconds. The item "IWC CALIBER 89, ORIGINAL DIAL, 35.5 mm 18K SOLID GOLD CASE" is in sale since Monday, February 24, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "jneill8995" and is located in Reston, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.