IWC IW544503 Portuguese Vintage Collection 18K Rose Gold (34202)

34202 IWC 5445 Portuguese Hand Wound Vintage Collection, IW544503, 5445-03, 544503, Homage to the First IWC Portuguese Watch of 1939, 18k rose gold on an alligator strap with a 18k rose gold tang buckle, in house manual wind movement, 46 hours power reserve, small seconds at 6 o'clock, metallic silver dial with rose gold hands and applied numerals, sapphire crystal, water resistant, diameter: 44mm, thickness: 10mm, Like New with original box (missing pillow) and papers that are stamped with no date.

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This is an 18K rose gold IWC Portuguese Vintage Collection IW544503. It has an alligator leather strap with a matching 18K rose gold tang buckle. The solid 44mm diameter three-body case, curved lugs, and grooved bezel are polished, and the sapphire crystal display case back is secured with 6 screws. The dial is metallic grey with applied steel Arabic numeral hour markers and an outer minute track. There are steel feuille hands and a small seconds subsidiary dial is at 6 o'clock. It has a 46-hour power reserve at full wind. It's water resistant to 25 meters/75 feet. The 10mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

The IWC manual winding calibre 98295 movement is rhodium plated with fausses cotes embellishment. It's constructed with18 jewels, a monometallic balance adjusted for heat, cold, and 5 positions, a shock absorber mechanism, and a straight-line lever escapement. There is a self-compensating Breguet balance spring, and an index regulator.

In 1939 IWC debuted the round case design Portuguese collection. They intended to pay homage to Portugal most prominent seafaring explorers including Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, and Bartolomeu Dias. This recently produced vintage Portuguese watch is an homage to those first 1939 timepieces that celebrated the tradition of nautical instruments with contemporary designs and movements.