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Why We Love It
Every watch collector needs to find a place for a dress watch in his or her watch box.
Fortunately, we have one right here, a Reference 803A, which combines the excellent reputation of IWC with that of its retailer, Cartier. The well-renowned jeweler has had a long history of offering watches made by other manufactures.
The presence of Cartier’s signature on the silver sunburst dial, as well as the Cartier stock number on the lugs, attests to the watch’s provenance. At its heart beats the Calibre 8541, one of IWC’s best self-winding movements. Fitted to a Must De Cartier signed black leather strap, this is without question a fantastic subtle flex for the black tie crowd.
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While IWC is known best among watch connoisseurs for its military watches, or aviation-inspired chronographs, the manufacture’s oeuvre is by no means restricted to those areas.
From the 1930s to 1950s, IWC released a spate of simple yet elegant dress watches. Driven by a spirit of functionality over form, they rank as some of the most interesting—and elegant—watches of the pre- and post-war period. While many of these watches are powered by IWC’s superlative manually-wound movements, like the Calibre 83 and 89, the manufacture also fitted them with automatic movements designed by the great Albert Pellaton.
Combining elegant looks with equally imposing interiors, these dress watches are a testament to IWC’s versatility.
Stainless steel case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Reference 803A. Calibre 8541 Self-Winding Movement. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with normal signs of use and wear from age. Non luminous silver sunburst dial is in excellent condition with matching handset . Signed crown.
Includes 18mm black leather Must de Cartier signed strap with unsigned steel pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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