• Important Watches, including A auction at Christies

    Sale 1391

    Important Watches, including A Gentleman's Pursuit for Excellence, Part I

    12 November 2012, Geneva

  • Lot 75

    IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial

    SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGIESER MODEL, MOVEMENT NO. 931'766, CASE NO. 1'016'914, CIRCA 1940

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    IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, Portugieser model, movement no. 931'766, case no. 1'016'914, circa 1940
    Cal. 74, 17''' H4 gilt-finished mechanical movement, 19 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, gilt baton and Arabic numerals, gold hands, subsidiary seconds, large circular case with downturned lugs, large crown, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. diam.


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    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.

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