IWC Calatrava manual wind cal. 89 from circa 1955

Step back in time with an extraordinary IWC timepiece, circa 1955, featuring a remarkably rare black dial that remains in its original condition – a true rarity in the world of vintage watches. The scarcity of these unaltered black dials adds a layer of uniqueness, considering how often they were subject to damage and subsequent repainting.

This exceptional watch houses an in-house movement from IWC, the caliber 89, known for its precision and adorned with the elegant ‘stripes of Geneva’ finishing on the metal parts. These stripes not only showcase the commitment to the craft but also highlight the dedication to creating a movement that stands the test of time.

While the watch’s history is not fully documented, there are compelling indicators that it was likely serviced by IWC. An original IWC strap and buckle accompany the watch, offering a subtle hint at its well-maintained past. Additionally, a 1990s hang tag, detailing the movement and case numbers, provides a glimpse into the watch’s heritage.

Measuring at a modest 33mm, the case’s overall condition is nothing short of spectacular given its age and configuration. This IWC timepiece not only tells the time but also whispers stories of a bygone era, making it a coveted piece for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

*Cognac strap, shown for styling purposes. Get your own handmade Epsom leather watch strap, here!

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