• Lot 293

    IWC. A fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and cloisonné enamel dial


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    IWC. A fine and rare 18K gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and cloisonné enamel dial
    Signed International Watch. Co., ref. 520, case no. 1'252'863, movement no. 1'274'232, manufactured in 1954
    Cal. 89 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, champagne matte dial, applied gold dagger numerals, sweep centre seconds, centred by a multicoloured cloisonné enamel floral decoration, circular case, enlarged bezel, snap on back, wide angled lugs, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    With IWC Extract from the Ledger issued on 22 January 2009 and confirming sale of the watch on 13 January 1954 to Siber Hegner in Zurich, at the time an export company of consumer goods.

    Although reference 520 was generally available with the standard gilt or silvered dials, it can safely be assumed that the present cloisonné enamel dial was added upon special request, bearing in mind that such versions enjoyed significant popularity amongst collectors. In fact, the present dial is one of 12 similar cloisonné enamel dial motifs used by IWC at the time.

    For an IWC wristwatch from the 1950s with similar cloisonné enamel dial see Ore d'Oro 2 by J. Barracca, G. Negretti, F. Nencini, p. 161.

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