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IWC Dress Watch Ref. 587

Presenting the distinguished “Sharky” – a unique timepiece with a captivating backstory. The nickname derives from the distinctive lugs of the watch, reminiscent of the sleek fin of a shark. Within the halls of the AWCo office, the “Sharky” has garnered a devoted following, celebrated for its remarkable versatility and undeniable beauty.

Crafted in luxurious 18k yellow gold and boasting a 36mm case width, this particular timepiece is equipped with the esteemed calibre 89 and operates through manual winding. Its modest case size ensures broad appeal, making it an enticing option for discerning collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Adding to its allure, this extraordinary watch is accompanied by an extract from the archives of IWC, a rarity seldom seen. This extract reveals its origins, tracing back to its sale in Zurich in 1954, adding an intriguing historical dimension to its narrative.

We invite you to experience the charm of the “Sharky” firsthand at our showroom located at Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam. Discover why this timeless masterpiece has captured the admiration of watch enthusiasts worldwide.

€ 3.550

Availability: In stock

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Details
Brand IWC
Diameter 36 mm
Model Dress watch
Bracelet/strap: Leather
Reference 587
Buckle/clasp Generic plated
Year of production (circa) 1950
Lug Width 18 mm
Material 18k Yellow gold
Set Content Extract of archives
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver
Movement Hand-wound
Backstory

International Watch Company, better known as IWC Schaffhausen, was founded by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. The company specialized in Aviation watches and is currently operating under the Richemont Group umbrella.

IWC introduced its first pilot’s watch in 1936. An inner rotating pointer could be used to keep track of take-off times and the escapement was anti-magnetic, to cope with the magnetic fields from the cockpit instruments.

In 1939, two Portuguese distributors ordered a large wristwatch with pocket watch movement and another iconic IWC line was born: the Portugieser. Today, particularly the dressy Portugieser chronographs are popular among IWC aficionados.

When Europe plummets into WWII, IWC is commissioned by both sides of the conflict to supply military watches. The two best-known examples are the Dirty Dozen field watches for the allies and the big pilot, known as Beobachtungsuhr or B-uhr, for the German Luftwaffe. The latter would form the design template for the later Big Pilot range.

Towards the end of WWII, IWC developed a new military movement, known as Cal. 89. When the war ends, the tough caliber is fitted to civilian watches. The Cal. 89 watches, many in classic Calatrava style, remain popular among collectors until today. In 1948, the Cal. 89 is fitted to the Pilot Mk XI, another popular vintage reference.

1955 Saw the introduction of another influential IWC model: the Ingenieur. IWC used its expertise in magnetic resistance to manufacture a watch for engineers and scientists, working with magnetic fields. This is two years after Rolex introduced the Milgauss for the same clientele.

In 1967, IWC branches out into water sports. The Aquatimer is introduced as a serious divewatch. The more casual Yacht Club is launched alongside for all-purpose daily wearing.

IWC remained innovative, being among the early adopters of the brand new quartz technology, for instance. But the house also recognized the value of heritage, building on its historic Pilot and Portugieser ranges. The result is a broad scope of all sorts of watches, for all sorts of people. Through it all, IWC maintained a reputation as high quality watchmakers.

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

IWC

Model

Reference

587

Year of production (circa)

1950

Material

18k Yellow gold

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Silver

Movement

Hand-wound

Diameter

36 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Leather

Buckle/clasp

Generic plated

Lug Width

18 mm

Set Content

Extract of archives