IWC Portugieser (IW5242-04)


IWC Portugieser (IW5242-04)
About IWC

IWC is based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and was founded in 1868. Its signature lines are the Pilot’s Watches and the Portugieser, while other famous collections are the Aquatimer, Portofino and the Da Vinci. Many of IWC’s designs display a industrial type of beauty not often found in Swiss watchmaking. The same goes for its movements; while of very high standards, they are finished with an … engineers touch rather than that of an artist. One could very well say that IWC’s approach to watchmaking is more German in nature compared to many of its competitors; the ‘form follows function’ adagio is one held in high esteem in Schaffhausen. Notable watches and innovations created by IWC in the past include the digital ‘Pallweber’ pocket watch, the late 1930’s Portugieser, the 1985 Da Vinci with Kurt Klaus perpetual module, the split-seconds mechanism as designed by Richard Habring and the ceramic Da Vinci and Flieger 3705 – introduced many years before the material became fashionable. IWC also pioneered the use of titanium in wristwatches. In recent years, IWC has had a strong focus on in-house movements with prices rising accordingly. IWC is part of the Richemont group.

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The Details
IWC’s Portuguese Minute Repeater Platinum (IW5242-04 (aka: 5242-04, IW524204)) was originally released in 2006 – 2009. This watch features a hand-wound movement beating at a frequency of 18000 bph ( 3 Hz) to provide a 43-hour power reserve when fully wound.

The Case
The platinum case measures 43mm in diameter and roughly 12.3mm thick. The round case is paired with a silver color dial with -shaped hands, and a arabic numerals hour markers and minute track, covered by a sapphire glass. IWC’s Portugieser model IW5242-04 water resistance is not available. This does not mean this watch is not water resistant. A display caseback is over the back of the watch case.

Material: Platinum
Glass: Sapphire
Back: Display
Shape: Round
Diameter: 43mm
Height: 12.3mm
Lug Width: N/Amm
W/R: N/A
Case Diameter 43mm
Case Thickness 12mm
Lug Width 60mm
Water Resistance 45 meters
The Movement
The Portugieser IW5242-04 movement is a powered by caliber 95290 made by IWC. The 54-jewel hand-wound movement is 37.8mm in diameter. Its balance wheel oscillates at 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour or 3 Hz. This movement offers a 43-hour power reserve.

Type: Hand-Wound
Brand: IWC
Caliber: 95290
Base: N/A
Display: Analog
Diameter: 37.8mm
Jewels: 54
Reserve: 43 hours
Frequency: 18000 bph
Time: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds
The Price

How much does the IWC’s Portugieser IW5242-04 cost? This watch was introduced in 2006 and has been in IWC’s collection for around 120,000.00 . This watch is a limited edition with just 100 pieces released. As with most luxury watches, the price of depends on the availability and demand. Current price 90,000.00

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