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International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, „Portuguese”, Ref. 3531 in Rose Gold, produced in the 1990’s.
Fine, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K pink gold gentleman’s wristwatch with an IWC buckle.
Case: three-body, polished and brushed, transparent case back, concave lugs, sapphire crystals.
Dial: matte silver with applied pink gold Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds dial. „Feuille” pink gold hands.
Movement: Jaeger LeCoultre Cal. 891/2, rhodium-plated, „fausses côtes” decoration, 36 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring, 21K gold rotor segment.
Dial and movement signed.
Diameter: 35 mm.
Comes with the original IWC box and an all original IWC certificates and warranty card, papers. Watch is in almost perfect condition, looks like new. Strap is brand new, alligator IWC.
History of the ref. 3531:
In the late 1930’s, IWC received an order from a Portugese customer for a wristwatch the same size and accuracy as a pocket watch. It was delivered, in a steel case. In 1993, IWC released the first contemporary Portugieser, the Ref. 5441. Using the calibre 9828–a 19 jewel „pocket savonnette” movement with a diameter of almost 38mm–it was a very large watch at 43 mm and a thickness of approximately 10mm. The 9828 was derived from IWC’s own older 982 calibre, and is shown in figure 1. It is a beautiful, classically finished movement. The watch quickly became a collector’s item and difficult to obtain.
Because of the size and rarity of the original–and some might say, real-Portugieser, IWC recently released some smaller Portugiesers, including the Ref. 3531 in either red gold or steel. At a diameter of 35mm and thickness of 8mm, it is a more conventionally sized watch.
What the Ref. 3531 shares with the original Portugieser is the styling of the dial, which is almost identical in detail; the styling and details of the case; and the sapphire back. What it does not share is the movement.