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Lot 117
  • 117

International Watch Co.

Estimate
15,000 - 25,000 CHF
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Description

  • AN OVERSIZED LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM WRISTWATCH
    REF 5445 134/500 PORTUGUESE CIRCA 2008
  • platinum
• cal. 98295 manual winding nickel lever movement, 18 jewels • silvered dial with applied Arabic numerals and baton indexes, feuille hands, outer minute track, subsidiary dial for constant seconds • brushed and polished case, sapphire crystal and display case back secured by 6 screws • case, dial and movement signed • with a platinum IWC buckle 

Catalogue Note

The history of the Portuguese collection dates back to 1936 when two merchants from Portugal, by the names of Rodrigues and Texeira, paid a visit to the International Watch Company situated in the small town of Schaffhausen in Switzerland. Despite the trend at that time for small wristwatches, the two ordered timepieces that would be as large as pocket marine chronometers. In so doing, Rodrigues and Texeira wished to create watches that would be extremely accurate and highly legible, both factors assisted by the size of the watch.
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