REFERENCE IW5449-06 PORTUGUESE MINUTE REPEATER A LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH, CIRCA 2010
Property of an important Private Collection
REFERENCE IW5449-06 PORTUGUESE MINUTE REPEATER
A LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH, CIRCA 2010
Caliber: cal. 98950 mechanical, 52 jewels
Movement number: 3'131'742
Case: platinum, snap-on display back
Case number: 5'205'906, no. 111/500
Closure: platinum IWC folding buckle
Size: 44 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: IWC presentation box with outer packaging, International Warranty card dated September 4, 2015, open Certificate of Origin, original purchase receipt, operating instructions manual and polishing cloth
Case: The case in overall excellent condition.
Dial: The dial in overall excellent condition.
Movement: Minute repeating function operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
The origin of the IWC Portuguese dates back to the end of the 1930s when two Portuguese businessmen - Rodrigues and Teixeira - operating in the watch industry visited the IWC factory proposing the development of a large stainless steel wristwatch housing a movement that could match the precision of a marine chronometer, with perfect readability and the highest possible precision. It was deemed that the only way of meeting their request was with a pocket watch movement.
The current watch, number 111/500 of reference IW5449-06 carry’s on this tradition form the 1930’s with a pocket watch style manual winding movement calibre 98950, with 402 components and 51 jewels massive bridges, oversized balance wheel, longer mainspring beating at a leisurely 18,000 vibrations per hour, and with the addition of a minute repeating module beneath the dial.
The impressively executed platinum case with repeating slid located at 9 is 44mm in diameter and 14mm depth, however the flowing curved lugs make it incredibly comfortable on the wrist. The finish is a mix of satin and high polish with the pronounced boxed sapphire crystal sitting high over the polished concave bezel.
Offered in like new condition and will a full suite of accessories.