IWC Portugieser

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$48,000
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REF 325
Manual-winding
42 MM
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SKU AS09071
Article Number 40970084
ref 325
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1940s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Black alligator-pattern leather strap with signed stainless steel pin buckle. Also includes certificate from IWC confirming original delivery on 6/24/1943 and dated 5/14/2018.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use with strong factory finishing and thick, even lugs. Gloss black Radium dial with 'Arabic' indices and subsidiary seconds register at 6:00 shows 'cosmic' patination throughout with later Tritium handset. Stylized crown. Caseback sticker from IWC.
REF 325
Manual-winding
42 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09071
Article Number 40970084
ref 325
case size 42 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1940s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 20 MM
Includes Black alligator-pattern leather strap with signed stainless steel pin buckle. Also includes certificate from IWC confirming original delivery on 6/24/1943 and dated 5/14/2018.
overall condition The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use with strong factory finishing and thick, even lugs. Gloss black Radium dial with 'Arabic' indices and subsidiary seconds register at 6:00 shows 'cosmic' patination throughout with later Tritium handset. Stylized crown. Caseback sticker from IWC.

Why We Love it

There isn’t a more rare and significant timepiece in watchmaking history than the International Watch Company Reference 325. 

The IWC Reference 325 represents the brand’s first “true” Jumbo model and one of the first of its kind being that its 42mm case diameter was an unprecedented size during a time when sub-35mm watches were the norm. For IWC, the Portugieser models got their start, as well as their name, in the late 1930s when a Portuguese merchant approached the brand with a request for a bespoke wristwatch with marine precision.

This particular Reference 325, features the distinct large case profile spanning 42mm in width, as well as an ultra-thin bezel, a ‘turbine’ crown, holey lugs and an acrylic crystal. The dial however, is what steals the show. The black dial has patinated to a gorgeous ‘starry night’ display. The ‘Arabic’ indices have faded to black, but are still legible, and are accompanied by a subsidiary seconds register and a matching ‘stick’ handset. It also comes fitted to a black alligator strap with a signed steel pin buckle.

There weren’t many of these put into production. In fact, only a few hundred, which begs the question, how many are in fantastic and functioning condition? Not many.

This IWC Reference 325 is as collectable as it gets! Own a piece of IWC history today!

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.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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

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