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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 155

    IWC. A fine, rare and large 18K white gold limited edition minute repeating wristwatch with certificate and box

    SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGUESE MINUTE REPEATER MODEL, NO. 004/500, REF. 5449, MOVEMENT NO. 3’131’650, CASE NO. 3’418’223, CIRCA 2010

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    IWC. A fine, rare and large 18K white gold limited edition minute repeating wristwatch with certificate and box
    Signed IWC, Schaffhausen, Portuguese Minute Repeater model, no. 004/500, ref. 5449, movement no. 3’131’650, case no. 3’418’223, circa 2010
    Cal. 98590 mechanical movement, 52 jewels, minute repeating on two hammers, slate grey dial , applied white gold Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, large circular case, glazed display snap on back, repeating slide in the band, 18K white gold IWC deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    44 mm. diam.


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    With IWC undated and blank Grande Complication Certificate, undated International Guarantee Card, instruction manuals, original fitted wooden presentation box and outer cardboard packaging.

    The present Portuguese Minute Repeater is number 4 of the limited edition of 500 examples of this model in white gold. It furthermore appears to be in new old stock condition.

    For Portuguese explorers out on the open sea, timekeeping was of crucial importance. Using a log together with a special sandglass – the log glass – they were able to measure the vessel’s speed. The ship’s bell, on the other hand, was used to signal the beginning and end of sailors’ watches: the bell would be struck once every half-hour and twice every full hour, with four double strikes signalling the end of a watch. The abstract concept of time was thus being converted into acoustic signs even back then. In the Portuguese Minute Repeater, depressing the repeating slide causes a delicate strike train to sound the time out audibly in hours, quarters and minutes: the full hours on a lower tuned gong, the quarters with double strikes, and the number of minutes that have elapsed since the last quarter on the higher of the two gongs. The repeating mechanism consists of over 200 individual parts working together as if they were in a mechanical orchestra. An all-or-nothing piece ensures that the chimes are only struck if the repeating slide is fully depressed. The watch is equipped with the 98950-calibre hunter pocket watch movement, which comes with stylistic elements from the early F. A. Jones calibres.