IWC Stainless Steel Watch with Calibre 89 Movement - Dual Signed Turler Dial - c.1968 ***sold***
International Watch Company, Stainless Steel Watch with Calibre 89 Movement - Dual Signed Turler Dial - c.1968
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In 1868, American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841–1916), who had been a director of E. Howard & Co., in Boston, then America's leading watchmaking company, founded the International Watch Company with the intention of combining Swiss craftsmanship with the modern engineering technology from the U.S. to manufacture watch movements and other watch parts for the American market. At the time, wages in Switzerland were relatively low although there was a ready supply of skilled watchmaking labour, mainly carried out by people in their homes. Jones encountered opposition to his plans in French-speaking Switzerland because Jones wanted to open a factory.
In 1850 the town of Schaffhausen was in danger of being left behind in the Industrial Age. At this stage, watch manufacturer and industrialist Heinrich Moser built Schaffhausen's first hydroelectric plant and laid the cornerstone for future industrialization. He probably met F.A. Jones in Le Locle and showed great interest in his plans. Together, they laid the foundations for the only watch manufacturers in north-eastern Switzerland: The International Watch Company in Schaffhausen. The brand was previously known as the International Watch Chronology.
What’s On Offer
This vintage IWC steel dress watch, dated around 1968, is simply stunning with its delightful silver sunburst dial which is in incredible condition. The IWC signature and accompanying dial furniture are all crisp and the lumed pencil hands complement this watch's classic lines along with the IWC signed original crown. Though the dimensions of this watch are not huge, by today's standards at least, it does wear large which is possibly down to the case shape which curves to the wrist comfortably and is in great condition also with sharp lines and no blemishes to speak of.
The caliber 89, manual wind, 17 jewel movement, was recently serviced, so runs extremely well and as it is a quality IWC movement it is marked 'adjusted to three positions. A beautiful watch suited to all occasions.
Case: Stainless steel
Dial: Silver Sunburst
Bracelet: Black suede handmade strap
Winding: Manual winding
Movement type: Mechanical
Condition: Excellent - 9.5/10
Model Reference Number: steel dress watch
Lug width: 18mm
Lug height: (lug to lug) 43mm
Wrist size: adjustable strap