International Watch Company, 18kt yellow Gold automatic for Cartier London
Movement: Calibre 8541 from International Watch company, movement has center second with date, and fitted with Pellaton winding mechanism
Case: 18kt gold Circular case with snap back.
Dial: Silver with applied yellow gold bâton index. Tritium-coated yellow gold "baton" hands. Double signed with "CARTIER" above Automatic in lower portion of dial
IWC Serial: 57X
Cartier Serial: L97XX
The calibre 8541 was introduced in 1964 and became the highest grade movement produced for watches sold by International Watch Company. The first watches to be fitted were dress watches such as the present watch, and later in 1967 they were finally fitted in the famous Ingenieur reference.
Historically, Cartier had three boutiques prior to its acquisition by the Rupert family: the original store in Paris located on Rue de la Paix, a townhouse located on Fifth Avenue in New York, and another store on Bond Street in London. Each store independently produced their own signed watches but also sold watches from other brands. This watch was sold by Cartier London: it has the original case number on the case and the Cartier serial number on both the case and lugs.
The watch case has a beautiful pale straw gold color, and is in extremely good condition. The dial is perfect with no spots or blemish. This extremely rare - perhaps unique - watch would be a wonderful addition to any collection.