A rare, attractive and oversized stainless steel wristwatch with three-tone dial

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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: 1944
    Reference No: 325
    Movement No: 955'085
    Case No: 1'107'287
    Model Name: Portugieser
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 98, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel IWC pin buckle
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by IWC Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1944.

  • Catalogue Essay

    During the late 1930s, IWC received a rather unusual order from a customer in Portugal, requesting a wristwatch with the same case size and accuracy of a pocket watch. To meet the needs of this client, IWC created an ultra thin and oversized wristwatch. The result was an attractive, precise and particularly large timepiece.

    While the very first Portugiesers were fitted with the caliber 74, IWC eventually switched to caliber 98 in the 1940s, which we see on the present watch.

    The present watch is distinguished by its three-tone champagne dial, boldly displaying contrasting silvered and brushed finishes on the dial. The dial condition is rather remarkable, especially since it was only shielded by a non-waterproof snap-on case back. Despite its age, the watch is preserved in excellent condition, with sharp finishes and crisp edges. Research indicates that this watch was delivered to Weinstabl in Bratislava.

    Absolutely ahead of its time, the Portugieser is today an incredibly iconic watch that is integral to the DNA of IWC. The firm has constantly reinvented this model with a variety of complications, such as a chronograph function.

  • Maker Bio

    IWC

    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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IWC

Ref. 325
A rare, attractive and oversized stainless steel wristwatch with three-tone dial

1944
42mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF70,000 - 140,000 
€60,000-120,000
$74,100-148,000

sold for CHF110,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 81
aghotbi@phillips.com

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