Accompanied by IWC original fitted presentation box and Extract from the Archives confirming the sale of the present watch on 7 July 1981 to IWC, Frankfurt am Main.
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 quite revolutionary model immediately became a legend and following a strong demand especially from Germany, a small series was reedited in the late 1970s. Although no exact figures are available, it is thought that less than 200 examples were made. The unusual Louis XV hands were possibly used to pay tribute to the model's origin, the calibre 74 pocket watch.
The legendary "Portugieser" model, a classic amongst collectors, 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.
Consigned by the original owner, the rarity of the present watch is further enhanced by its original and unused condition and the original box.