~ 1950’s Imperial Watch Company IWC 9ct Gold Calibre 89 Manual Wind Gents Watch ~
A great vintage 9ct watch (marked for such on the inside cover and between one of the pairs of lugs) by the esteemed Imperial Watch Company.
The backplate is engraved…
“Presented to Mr. N. F. Watson By The United Friendly Insurance Co. Ltd. As A Mark Of Esteem And In Recognition Of Progress Made”
~ Calibre 89 ~
The watch is fitted with IWC’s well-respected caliber 89, which was constructed to be a workhorse movement with simplicity, reliability, and robust performance in mind. IWC started using this movement in the late 1940s with the IWC Mark XI models commissioned by the British Ministry of Defense, and continued using the movement well into the 1970s. With decades of solid performance and success of this caliber, IWC went on to create several movements based on this caliber that we see in some of its modern pieces today.
~ Condition ~
The watch runs and adjusts with ease. The dial is pretty clean, the glass quite worn. The case has the usual wear commensurate with age.
The strap is a very recent replacement.
~ Dimensions ~
The bezel is 4.3 cm in diameter, the face is 4.0 cm in diameter.
The watch with strap measures 23.2 cm from tip to tip.