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IWC PORTUGUESE AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH 18K WHITE GOLD IW371431

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IWC PORTUGUESE AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH 18K WHITE GOLD IW371431
Details
Stock # SKU20330
Stock # 20330
Model Name Portuguese Auto Chrono
Brand
Model Ref # 371431
Condition New
Gender Mens
Movement Automatic
Case 18K White Gold
Case Shape Round
Case Size 41.5mm
Crystal
Band / Strap Strap
Dial Gray
Caseback Solid
Complications Chronograph
Year
Additional Information New with Box and Papers
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Description
Ah, the iconic Portuguese chronograph watch from IWC, more formally known as the International Watch Company from Schaffhausen. Ever since a Portuguese gentleman fatefully asked IWC to convert his pocket watch movement into a wristwatch, a request that they fulfilled, these oversized and elegant watches have come to be named the Portuguese. IWC has offered several interpretations of the Portuguese over the years, and this reference 3714-31 is a special and rare watch in 18k white gold with grey dial.

By the way, as a little nod to IWC, they keep spare parts for every watch they ever manufactured for 100 years after production of each reference ceases. Isn’t that amazing? And, for the trivia buffs, although IWC is a Swiss company that makes their watches entirely in Switzerland since the late nineteenth century, the firm was started by a gentleman from New England in pursuit of his dream of producing watches.

The 18k white gold case on this watch has dimensions of 41.1mm diameter by 13mm thick. The finishing on this watch case is just superlative. Featuring alternating brushed and mirror polished surfaces, this case is an subtle masterpiece. Chronograph pushers are round pump style. Crystal is domed sapphire. Solid white gold caseback. Water resistant to 30 meters.

Movement is the automatic winding IWC Caliber 79240 with 25 jewels. The base caliber is a Valjoux 7750 integrated chronograph, which IWC modifies extensively. By the time they are finished with it, in my opinion, it qualifies as a manufacture movement.

Perhaps the only thing more exquisite about this watch than its case is its dial. Grey with embossed white gold Arabic numerals and leaf style hands. Chronograph 30 minute totalizer subdial at 12 o’clock and constant seconds subdial above six o’clock. There is a minutes and seconds chapter on the case/dial flange.

Strap is IWC crocodile with 18k white gold IWC tang buckle.

Watch is like new and will be delivered with box and papers. US Retail price is $15,800.
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