A classic IWC steel dress watch powered by one of the most famous movements ever created; the IWC calibre 89. In absolutely stunning condition with its almost flawless 35mm case, beautifully aged dial and new strap, this is sure to be one that gets passed down the generations.
The Calibre 89 was based on IWC’s legendary calibre 83, itself introduced in 1939. Designed by Albert Pellaton, formally of Vacheron Constantin, the launch of the calibre 89 in 1946 signified a re-birth of IWC. As an interesting side note, as this calibre was being designed part of the IWC factory still stood in ruin having been bombed during the war. IWC's resilience during this period may go some way to explaining the resilience of the movement it produced!
The IWC calibre 89 answered the call of the British Ministry of Defence for a set of watches with more stringent requirements than previous ATP (Army Trade Pattern) branded watches. These new watches, marked with WWW (Watch, Wrist, Waterproof) were produced by a dozen manufacturers (their watches known as the "Dirty Dozen") with IWC's calibre 89 regarded as arguably the most robust with its Mark XI issued for over 30 years.
This particular Calibre 89 dating from circa 1959, wrapped in an almost flawless 35mm steel case together with a beautifully aged original dial, gold toned sword hands and applied stick markers, comes together to offer a truly understated, timeless design.
Whether you're in the market for a classy dress watch, a vintage watch robust enough for a daily-wearer or a sound investment piece, this stunning IWC calibre 89 shouldn't be ignored.