Sold - IWC Fancy Lugs Calibre 89 Circa ~1947 Solid 18K Gold Vintage Watch
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This vintage watch is an outstanding and interesting example of a classic late 1940’s IWC calibre 89 solid 18K yellow gold dress watch. IWC was, and continues to be, one of the finest Swiss Watch manufacturers. The calibre 89 is one of its most famous. Designed by Albert Pellaton, it has proven itself to be an extremely robust, beautiful, and accurate watch movement. The vintage watch we have here is no exception— at almost 70 years old, it presents itself with class, beauty, and distinction. The watch features very unusual “fancy lugs”, popular during the 1940’s. They make for an artful and attractive look and feel and make the watch feel slightly larger on the wrist. We have rarely seen lugs of this particular design before, the watch is an unusual and highly interesting example of an IWC calibre 89 watch. This watch speaks for itself through its pictures, it was made with great pride, skill, class, and refinement. The watch comes with a matching yellow gold plated deployant buckle.
IWC Calibre 89
18K solid yellow gold
35mm wide 42mm lug to lug
Lightly used Hirsch strap (size long) and matching Hadley Roma deployant buckle.
We estimate the watch was manufactured in approximately 1947 based on its style, calibre, and serial numbers.
We do not know the service history of the watch but it is performing very well. We performed comprehensive testing and performance measurement.
The condition of the watch is above average for its age. The case is in excellent condition, the dial shows typical discoloration for its age.
Comprehensive ClockSavant Testing. Performance measurement results for this watch are provided below.
14-day return period provided that watch is returned in condition received.
2 month warranty-- customer misuse, neglect, accidental, intentional, or unintentional damage are excluded from the warranty. See the Support page of our website for detailed warranty terms and conditions. For non-warranty damage, please contact us to obtain an estimate for servicing, repair, and restoration services.
Care and Use
All mechanical watches, and especially vintage watches, require special consideration in handling, care, and use. In order to obtain warranty support or to return an item, it is necessary that the customer did not cause damage to the watch. See the Support page to learn more about how to protect and care for your investment.
North Carolina residents will pay sales tax
ClockSavant Watchmaker Testing, Certification, and Performance Measurement
All the watches we sell go through a comprehensive series of ClockSavant-developed functional, stability, and performance tests and are only approved for sale if they meet or exceed the criteria we have established. Performance measurements for this watch are provided below. See the Support page of our website for an explanation of watch performance measurements and guidance on interpretation. The watch performance values provided do not necessarily reflect the accuracy you will experience based on your unique watch wearing habits. You may experience a gain or loss by as much as approximately 1 minute per day with vintage watches.
Legend: Rate, Amplitude (Amp), and Beat Error (BE) are provided for Dial-Up (CH) and Dial-Down (FH) positions. Averages (Avg) are also provided. These represent the average performance of the watch across all 6 traditionally measured watch positions which, in addition to dial-up and dial-down, are the vertical positions of Crown-Up, Crown-Down, Crown-Left, and Crown-Right. Rate is expressed in seconds gained or lost during a 24 hour period. Amplitude is in degrees. Beat Error is in milliseconds. Lift Angle used in measurement is unique to the particular watch calibre.