IWC Caliber 89 1950s Vintage 36mm Manual RJ205
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Few manufactures can claim as storied a history as IWC, and few movements have withstood the test of time as well as their Caliber 89. IWCs Caliber 89 was developed in 1946 amidst the aftermath of World War II, and the rubble of their previously bombed factory. The development of the Caliber 89 signified a rebirth for IWC and paved their way for years to come.
The movement was developed by IWCs Albert Pellaton, and was on the forefront of technology for the time, using the newest and most robust materials (although still predating the forthcoming automatic movements). There was nothing particularly complicated about the movement; however, it is a simple, reliable, and accurate 3-hand movement. At first glance, the movement seems relatively basic and does not feature a luxurious fit and finish, but it does exactly what its supposed to do. Mechanically, it is extremely well made with an attention to detail not seen amongst its peers of the era. This is why youâ€™ll still see this on the wrists of collectors almost 70 years after its creation.
Case material:Stainless steel
Case Size: 36mm
Lug Width: 19mm
Movement: manual wind
Caliber number: 89
- very light signs of use on the case and bracelet. Case is still sharp. Attractive vintage presentation on your wrist
- We consider this watch, as shown in the pictures, as Excellent
In-House Test Results**:
Bench-run for at least 24 hours. All watch functions tested and operable.
Bracelet Sizing: strap
Service History: serviced 2/19 w/1yr warranty
*Photographed watch is the actual watch for sale - we do not use stock photos. Photos significantly convey the condition of this watch. Grades are the listing text and pictures summarized into a simple-to-understand score, not to be confused with TZ or other grading systems.
**Instantaneous measurements using a timegrapher in 6 positions. Use only as a baseline. Test conditions and wearing habits will affect your results. Unserviced watches are not tested for WR or PR. Bracelet size measured using a ruler or mandrel. A comfortable bracelet size may vary from your measured wrist size. No explicit or implied warranties.