IWC Portuguiser 150th Anniversary IW371603
The dedication to the craftsmanship and exquisite design of each IWC watch has secured the brand’s position as a world leader of luxury watches. Combining the traditional Swiss watchmaking expertise with an American pioneering, IWC watches are are much sought after timepiece amongst watch collectors. Our range of pre-owned IWC watches contains all of iconic styles, including the ever-popular Portuguiser model.
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Since 1868, IWC Schaffhausen has been world-renowned for crafting stylishly luxurious watches. Founded in Schaffhausen, the International Watch Company began fusing Swiss watchmaking skills with American production techniques. This meant that IWC watches could be produced at scale while retaining the highest quality, using luxurious metals, and embodying centuries of Swiss craftsmanship.
IWC watches are also practical with a range of sophisticated complications and features, including the minute repeater and perpetual calendar. Depending on the model of your IWC watch, you can opt for different mechanisms, complications, and materials, like titanium.
Two of the brand’s most well-known watches, the Pilot and Portugieser, are favourited by collectors and celebrities all over the world. John Malkovich, Quentin Tarantino, Ben Stiller, Ed Sheeran, and Bradley Cooper are often seen wearing the IWC Big Pilots collection, while Jason Bateman, Sacha Baron Cohen, and John Krasinski prefer the IWC Portugieser. Dwayne Johnson, the highest-paid actor in the world, also chooses to wear an IWC watch model, the ever-sought-after IWC Spitfire.
The IWC Portugieser is one of the most iconic watches in the world and the company’s flagship model.
First designed in the 1930s, the Portugieser was intended to have the precision and face size of a pocket watch. That is why the model features a large watch face, Arabic numerals, a railway minute track, and slim clock hands. There are different complications available including a perpetual calendar, moon phases, and more.
The IWC Pilot watch was designed, as its name suggests, for the pilots of the 1930s and 1940s. They were made with precise mechanisms, comfortable straps, and large crowns so that they were easy to adjust while pilots were wearing gloves.
Today the Pilot collection embodies the watch’s heritage with stripped-back displays, luminescent hands, and a 12 o’clock index triangle.
Made for divers, the IWC Aquatimer also has easy-to-read features like stripped-back displays, luminescent hands, and a 12 o’clock index triangle of the Pilot. This helps divers easily tell the time while underwater, even at the deepest depths of the ocean.
The design also features a quick-release watch strap so users can change from a more stylish steel strap to a waterproof rubber strap for diving.
The timepieces designed by IWC can be worn by men and women. However, some of the brand’s designs lend themselves more to being a women’s IWC watch or a men’s IWC watch.
With its large watch face and dark colours, the Portugieser is the perfect IWC men’s watch, for example. While the smaller size and sophisticated watch face of the Portofino watches make them the perfect women’s IWC watch.
Whatever watch model you choose, however, you can alter the style and design somewhat by carefully choosing the materials, colours, and strap of your IWC watch.
The presence or absence of certain materials on your watch is one way in which you can alter its style. An IWC rose gold watch can offer a more feminine look while IWC black ceramic watches or IWC watches titanium designs have a more masculine feel.
Whichever option you are drawn to, you can be sure that the quality of materials used to craft your watch is of the highest standard. All materials used at IWC are traceable and the Probus Scafusia seal stamped on them is a sign of the company’s uncompromising standards for quality.
The titanium IWC uses for its watch cases is no exception, being lightweight, comfortable, hypoallergenic, and made to exacting standards in-house. The innovative engineering that went into IWC titanium production cases was so groundbreaking that it had never been done before. IWC mastered all of the techniques needed to mill, lathe, drill and polish titanium for their watches, which were all believed to be “impossible” at the time.
However, titanium is not the only material that IWC watches are renowned for, as the company has pioneered high-tech ceramics for watch cases too. IWC is also one of the only watch companies in the world to make its watch cases in-house.
The colour of your watch’s features can also affect its style. While somewhat determined by the materials used, IWC offer a range of colours in their designs. The Pilot and Aquatimer are examples of a black IWC watch, with an IWC Schaffhausen black colour watch face to contrast with luminous symbols for ease of reading. IWC blue face watches are also a popular colour choice for models including the Pilot and Portugieser.
Thanks to their craftsmanship and technological innovation, IWC watches are known to hold their value. Some of the earlier models appreciate in value, like the IWC Da Vinci Yellow Gold model from the 1970s which is now worth over £12 ‘000.
The average IWC watch price depends largely on the model, with the average Pilot model retailing between £7000-8000, and the IWC Portugieser starting from £17’000. However, the most expensive IWC watch is the IWC Siderale Scafusia, worth £620,000.
Buying used IWC watches can be a more affordable option for many collectors. A used IWC GST, for example, sells for between £1000-2000 on average. You can also expect to pay around £5000 for a pre-owned IWC Portofino model.
However, as some models are limited in number, they appreciate in value. So some used IWC watches are for sale for much more than their original retail value. This is particularly true for models that are discontinued or no longer available to buy new, like the IWC F.A. Jones Skeleton, which sold for $58,000. Only 50 were ever made of this platinum watch, making it extremely collectable.
Whether you buy a new or used IWC watch, you can be sure that you are adding a high-quality, innovative timepiece to your collection. From the Pilot range to the Portofino range, Global Boutique has a variety of pre-owned IWC watches for you to choose from. Visit our store in Mayfair, London, to browse our full collection for yourself. And if you don’t find the best IWC watch for you, we also have a team of experts who can offer a Watch Sourcing Service.
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