IWC Portugieser Pure Classic Limited Edition

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$6,450
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$6,450
REF 5703
Manual
42 MM
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SKU AS04874
Article Number 40970016
ref 5703
case size 42 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color White
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 22 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Milano Grey suede leather strap with steel pin buckle. Also includes inner box, operating instructions, cleaning cloth, and unmounted stainless IWC-signed pin buckle (not pictured).
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall, with normal signs of wear from careful use. Non-luminous satin silver dial with applied red gold Arabic numerals is in as-new condition with matching red gold ‘feuille’ handset. Signed crown. Signed case back shows some signs of wear.
REF 5703
Manual
42 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04874
Article Number 40970016
ref 5703
case size 42 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color White
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Leather
lug width 22 MM
Includes Analog:Shift Milano Grey suede leather strap with steel pin buckle. Also includes inner box, operating instructions, cleaning cloth, and unmounted stainless IWC-signed pin buckle (not pictured).
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall, with normal signs of wear from careful use. Non-luminous satin silver dial with applied red gold Arabic numerals is in as-new condition with matching red gold ‘feuille’ handset. Signed crown. Signed case back shows some signs of wear.

Why We Love it

When considering the IWC Portuguese Pure Classic, the name really does say it all.

For the brand's 125th anniversary, IWC released the Portuguese Reference 5441. Referred to as the Jubilee, the appearance of the Reference 5441 was modeled on the original models from the 1930s, down to its Arabic numerals and gorgeous leaf hands.

Following the release of the 5441, IWC launched the Vintage Collection, with a range of watches from simple, time-only examples like the Portuguese to a “dress” (that is, non-pilot’s) chronograph.

And in 2010, IWC released the Classic collection, which took the traditional look of the Vintage Collection and gave it a more modern feel. 

Which brings us to this watch, the Reference 5703, or Pure Classic. At the time of its release, IWC decided to modify the Portuguese even further, making it slimmer than its predecessors. Instead of using an in-house calibre, the manufacture decided to adapt a movement by Piaget, a brand known for the thinness of their movements, to create the Calibre 62060.

The Pure Classic was released in a limited edition of 500 pieces, and was never listed in IWC's catalog. 

At 42mm, it’s in keeping with the proportions of the original Portuguese, but the movement from Piaget gives it an airy thinness that makes it an absolute pleasure to wear. A classic through and through, it’s a modern watch with enough history and heritage to please even the most stalwart of vintage watch connoisseurs. Consider us impressed.

Brand Story

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When an American watchmaker named Florentine Ariosto Jones arrived in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1868, he found a city almost frozen in time. Though the Industrial Revolution had swept through America, in Switzerland the situation was very different. Watchmakers still plied their trades by their own firesides, as they had done for centuries. But Jones had in mind something different — an American-style factory where the watches would be designed and assembled in keeping with the old Swiss ways. His methods caught on, and soon there were 196 people employed at his factory.
Though the International Watch Company was founded 35 years before Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flight, the association between IWC and aviation began just as the age of flight dawned: A pocket watch made by the company in the 1890s found its way into the pocket of one Robert Albert Lotter, a pilot in the German Luftwaffe who served with distinction during the First World War.
Two decades later, in 1936, IWC released a watch that set the standard for pilot’s watch design, the Spezialuhr für Flieger, or Special Pilot's Watch. Another would follow in 1940, the Beobachtungs-ühren (“observation watch”), which spawned an entire model line in IWC’s current collection called the Big Pilot. However, despite the Big Pilot’s current popularity, it was the Special Pilot’s Watch that would lay the cornerstone for IWC’s most iconic line: the Mark series of pilot’s watches.
IWC released the Mark XI in 1948 according to specifications set forth by the British Ministry of Defense. These watches had to be legible, compact, and able to withstand exposure to the magnetic fields emitted by instruments in an airplane’s cockpit. The Mark XI, therefore, had a black dial with large luminous Arabic numbers, while its incredibly robust Calibre 89 movement was encased in an iron cage. (Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, IWC would produce myriad dress watches in steel and gold based upon the Calibre 89 movement, which remain relatively plentiful on the vintage market.)
The Mark XI served as the basis for design inspiration for a robust line of pilot’s watches still being produced today – easily identifiable by their clean, uncluttered dials, robust cases, and outstanding quality.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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IWC Portugieser Pure Classic Limited Edition

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