A circa 1960s IWC ref. R 1009 A 18k yellow gold dress watch. This beautiful vintage IWC wristwatch is paired with a new brown leather strap and features the IWC Cal. 40, a manual winding movement. Watch is in good overall condition, albeit some minor scratches from wear. Crown is not original. A nice dress watch in classic 18k yellow gold, with a reliable vintage IWC movement to power it. Measures about 30 mm in diameter. We offer a flat rate for shipping on every order and 30-day free returns. All prices are in CAD.
IWC was founded by American Florentine Ariosto Jones in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1868. He moved to Switzerland specifically looking to produce timepieces to then export to the United States. Jones was already a watchmaker and a manager at E. Howard Watch and Clock Co., in his hometown of Boston. By 1875 the company had built a new headquarters it still shares today, in the early years producing pocket watches. Florentine Ariosto Jones left the company shortly after and IWC Schaffhausen changed hands a couple in the late 19th/early 20th century. IWC made their first wristwatch in 1899. The company continues produced wristwatches and turns to pilot watches around WWII, IWC launched its first ‘Special Watch for Pilots’ in 1936 at the urging of Ernst Jakonb Homberger’s two sons, who was Managing Director. The company also famously produced Flieger watches for the Luftwaffe in 1940. After WWII, famous watchmaker Albert Pellaton joined IWC as Technical Director, creating the now legendary popular IWC Cal. 89. IWC continued to change hands in the late 20th century, producing several worthy watch models. Today it is owned by Richemont.