IWC International Watch Co was founded by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868.
In the mid century, IWC rolled out its famed Caliber 89 movement. This mechanically-wound movement powered IWC models from the 1940s until the early 1990s. It gained a reputation for exceptional accuracy and longevity. Many of the early models are still fully functional and this watch is one of them.
Classic and beautifully proportioned gent's dress watch in stainless steel 3-piece "Calatrava" case with downward sloping lugs, press on bezel and hermetic push-in back. The movement is a lovely automatic cal. 852, a classic Pellation winding mechanism, 21 jewels, frequency 19,800. These in-house calibers were also used in the Ingenieur line of IWC.
Object nr: 18
Movement: Cal. 852 PAT APPL., Nr: 1314142
Material: Stainless steel
Original crown: Yes
Dimensions: 35 mm without crown.
Strap/Bracelet: A vintage black leather strap
Lug Width: 18mm
This lovely vintage IWC from 1956 is in stunning condition. All correct IWC nomenclature of the period and full serial number are present inside the caseback. Lovely ivory dial with applied dagger markers is in very good condition. In-house Caliber 852 21-jewel full rotor movement with patented Pellaton automatic winding system with its distinctive ratcheting sound, as well as shock protection. The case is unpolished and got all lines and bevels well preserved. The case back got some minor scuffs but nothing spectacular. The crown is original and in very good condition, so is also the dial - like it was made yesterday. The crystal is new and got no scratches. The service history of this watch is unknown but the watch keeps time perfect and got long powerreserv.
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