IWC Ref: 521 "Shark Fin"
- Watchmaker Bio
Model Name: "Shark Fin"
Year: Circa 1950
Reference No: 521
Material: 18K pink gold
Calibre: Manual, cal.89
Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold IWC buckle
Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
- Affectionately dubbed by collectors as “Shark Fin”, the present example is a fine vintage wristwatch with a classic design which features lugs shaped like shark fins. The watch is housed in a 37mm 18K pink gold case which is very rare for its era. Adding an element of intrigue, the old IWC logo is shown on the dial with the full text “International Watch Co. Schaffhausen”. Delicate dauphine hands further complete the clean classic look of this fine-looking timepiece.
The present wristwatch is fitted with a manual caliber 89 - one of their most famous movements distinguished for its long-lasting lifespan and outstanding precision. The last of these movements were produced in the 70s. As a cornerstone of IWC, it has been used in a wide array of watch models throughout the years.
*An example was sold recently for HKD$37,500 (≈SG$6,500) at Sotheby's Hong Kong.
- With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.