IWC Porsche Design Ref. 3551 1986

IWC Porsche Design Ref. 3551 1986

Brand: International Watch Company (IWC)
Year: 1986
Model: IWC Porsche Design with integrated compass and moonphase
Reference Number: Ref. 3551
Material: Aluminium black plated
Movement: Automatic
Case Diameter without Crown: 39 mm
Bracelet/Strap: Original IWC bracelet
Service-history: Unknown

What you should know: comes with original papers dating back to the 15.02.1986

 

IWC Porsche Design Ref. 3551 1986 

 

This is a beautiful example of vintage tool watch. The IWC Ref 3551 is from 1986. Case and bracelet are made out of black plated aluminium. The bracelet is original made by bei IWC and consisting of small brick pieces with which the strap can be easily adjusted in length. The watch is allover in beautiful vintage condition. The case and the bracelet have signs of use.  It offers a fairly wide-set bezel that gives this watch a nice presence. The dial is in perfect condition with the date set at 3 o´clock and a moonphase at centre top. The simple IWC-logo alongside the clean indexes and the red second-hand are harmonious and well balanced. The crown is original. Special feature of the IWC 3551 is the compass underneath the dial. The movement is a automatic movement, running strong and keeping time. This IWC Ref. 3551 deserves the designation as a WRISTCLASSIC like no other. Developed in cooperation with Porsche Design this watch was way ahead of time in questions of design. It convinces with perfect proportions, timeless styling and great reference to the 1980 and the motor sport. 

 

The International Watch Company has been founded by Ariosto Jones, an American watchmaker and engineer in 1868. In 1901 IWC had already 190 employees. From day one IWC built high quality watches. The most iconic watch by IWC is the Grande Complication. It contains 659 mechanic pieces, among them 71 rubies. It has 17 functions and 12 patents, a perpetual calendar for the next 500 years and the perpetual moon-phase display. Other collectable watches are the IWC Portuguese, IWC Da Vinci, IWC Pilot's Watches, IWC Portofino, IWC Aquatimer and IWC Ingenieur. After two bankruptcies, IWC came back on the road of success.

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