IWC Schaffhausen 18 K Gold watch Circulated 1959 Calibre 89 Two Year Warranty

IWC Schaffhausen 18 K Gold watch Circulated 1959 Calibre 89 Two Year Warranty


Cursive Font IWC schaffhausen

Beautiful Vintage IWC Schaffhausen Dress Watch 
With original signed movement, Cal. 401
Mechanical hand-wind movement 
Ref: 1616116
The watch is in mint condition, nice, clean and rust-free movement, works well and keep good time 
Original 18ct gold case and signed case back 
Total weight 32g
Case hallmarked
Case ref: 1650536
Original signed dial with applied baton hour markers and roman numerals
Diameter: 33.5mm 

Hallmark 750 

IWC Watch Movement

Swiss  made vintage movements 

Good condition may require an overhaul to obtain  working timekeeping accuracy.

 Made Jewelled lever  

Scratches and marks with some component wear must be expected  and on  to the condition of time keeping this can only be astatine by you with a full overhaul or service applied,

Where component disassembly is  required  this can be  can  be very cost effective   component (Spares&Repairs) acquisition ,  my assumption  regarding condition and components etc hairsprings  balances staffs  mainspring winding and hand setting should help determine a good movement  which we have inspected at the point of disassembly and rebuild  the overhaul has been carried out at our argyll arcade workshop in glasgow city centre  at  no 11  argyll arcade 

Swiss made vintage movement calibre  89 with shock protection system incablock  balance staff protection .

The watch movement has a luxury finish in its original Geneva stripe 

Including Crown

Dial  Beige index with Arabic quarter numerals  , dot minute  rail on the outside edge .

Please note the dial has  a scratch described and photographed with the description with a close up photo

Hands guilt set of three  dauphine in shape  with  hour seconds and minute configuration 

Movement characteristics  - working winding and setting the hands smoothly

Lever escapement  ,Pallets 

mainspring winding  fully

Hand setting  smooth and uniform  

The watch crown is wound clockways and slips in  the counter clock ways position

Developed in 1946 by famed IWC Technical Director Albert Pellaton, the Calibre 89 is an extremely accurate, mechanical three-hand movement with central seconds. Building upon the Calibre 83 utilized in the famed W.W.W. watches the company built at the tail end of World War II (colloquially referred to as the “Mk. X”), the Calibre 89 was featured in the Mk. XI pilots watch that first debuted in 1948. Both IWC and Jaeger Le Coultre developed versions of the Mk. XI for the British Ministry of Defense, but it was ultimately the IWC version, with its soft iron dial and dust cover for increased anti-magnetism, that proved to be the better watch, remaining in service for decades. Subsequent versions of the “Mark” line remain a staple in the IWC colleciton.

Realizing that it had a stellar movement on its hands, IWC decided to mass-produce the Calibre 89, and to house it in simple, three-handed dress watches. As a result, the 1950s and 60s saw the production of gorgeous, 35mm steel and solid gold timepieces that featured the Calibre 89. Simple and elegant, most feature thin baton indices and baton or leaf hands, “International Watch Co, Schaffhausen,” spelled out in a cursive font, and little else. Though many of these watches have been re-dialed in the 60-70 years that have elapsed since their construction, they can still be had with original dials, provided one knows where to look.

The movement itself is a 17-jewel, center-seconds, manually-wound calibre with the option of hacking seconds (when you pull out the crown, the second hand stops for precise synchronization). It beats at 18,000 bhp and, though fairly plain, is overbuilt and easy to service. The bridges (which form a type of frame with the mainplate in which to hold other movement components) feature high-quality Geneva stripe decorations and beveled edges. These bridges feature sturdy pins to secure them to the mainplate, and the bridges themselves are thickly constructed.

Incabloc shock protection ensures that the Calibre 89 is well-poised to hold up in adverse conditions, and the screws used throughout the movement feature oversized threads for better locking. The mechanism driving the central-seconds hand is also particularly robust, keeping the hand under tension to provide smooth travel along the dial.

Remaining in production from 1946 through 1979, the Calibre 89 provided the basis for several modern IWC movements, including the Calibre 5000 and the Calibre 89000 family, whose name obviously is a direct homage to the famed three-hander. The Calibre 5000, first introduced in 2000, reintroduced Pellaton’s winding system and featured an escapement based on the Calibre 89, continuing the IWC tradition of allowing form to follow function, and building quality watch movements that are made to stand the test of time.

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IWC Jewelled lever Watch Calibre 89 - 18 k gold case and brown leather strap Circulated on 1959 swiss made with IWC movement fitted .The watch has some light wear to the case and dial The dial has a scratch as in the close up photo below the number three Swiss made vintage watch The watch will have a two year warranty enclosed in a document form which will accompany the watch The watch hands have some ageing as well as the original winding crown has a little edge wear Serial number 1515494 which is stamped on the inside of the case backModel number 1481094 Calibre 89 Service with two year warranty applied .Iwc SchaffhausenManual wind 18 K gold watch

Gender:Men'sNumber of Jewels:17 JewelsModel:IWCStrap Material:LeatherCase Material:GoldCountry/Region of Manufacture:SwitzerlandStrap Type:Two-Piece StrapStyle:Pilot/AviatorMovement:Mechanical (Hand-winding)Caseback:SolidWith Original Packaging:NoDial Style:12-Hour Dial, Arabic Numerals, Seconds Hand, Easy To Read/Large NumeralsYear of Manufacture:1959Certificate:NoWith Service Records:NoFeatures:Acrylic Crystal, Shock-Resistant, Swiss Movement, Swiss MadeDisplay:AnalogueCase Finish:PolishedLug Width:18 mmMetal Purity:18kBrand:IWC SchaffhausenStrap Colour:BrownSeller's Warranty:YesCase Colour:GoldCase Size:35.5 mm