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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 302

    IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch

    SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGIESER MODEL, REF. 325, CASE NO. 1'072'514, MOVEMENT NO. 932'006, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

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    IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch
    Signed International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, Portugieser model, ref. 325, case no. 1'072'514, movement no. 932'006, manufactured in 1942
    Cal. 74 17''' H 4 gilt-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, the silvered matte dial with luminous Arabic numerals, luminous blued steel feuille hands, subsidiary seconds, in large circular case with downturned lugs, large crown, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by IWC Extract from the Archives dated 7 March 2008 confirming the sale of the present watch to Weinstabl on 18 August 1942.

    An other example of the "Portugieser 1942" model is on permanent exhibition at the prestigious IWC Museum in Schaffhausen. Interestingly it was also sold on 18 August 1942 to Weinstabl, Bratislava. The model is IWC's first wristwatch produced with a pocket watch movement and made in a small edition of 304 examples only.

    In the late 1930s, IWC received a rather unusual order from a customer in Portugal who requested a wristwatch with the same size and accuracy of a pocket watch. To comply with his request, IWC chose their at the time slimmest and most reliable calibre 74 movement and cased it in stainless steel. This revolutionary model immediately became a legend and classic amongst collectors and was also the obvious choice to celebrate the company's 125th anniversary in 1993 with the launch of a limited edition of total 1000 examples.