Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

79 IWC Extremely Fine and Large, Portugieser, Wristwatch in Steel, With Very Rare Salmon Dial, Reference 325

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 53,300

Lot Description

Model: Portugieser
Reference: 325
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1945
Movement: Manual
Caliber: C98
Case N°: 1 145 270
Movement N°: 955280
Dimensions: 42 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

The Portugieser design is simple but surprisingly distinctive. Believed to have been created after the request of a Portuguese dealer in the late 1930s, the model satisfied the demands of the Portuguese market for a man’s watch featuring marine chronometer precision. The lot here offered is a remarkable specimen of reference 325: despite now being a collectable piece, at the time of manufacturing the requests were very high, in fact, it seems that barely 250 sales of ref. 325 are recorded at IWC until the early 1970s, meaning that finding such a watch nowadays is a true challenge. This very example has a nicely preserved 42 mm wide case in stainless steel with a snap on the back, big winding crown and an elastic bracelet with small texture. The salmon color dial is definitely charming and probably the most rare variant for these oversize IWC. It also bears sub seconds at 6, applied dagger and Arabic numbers, small outer pelage for minutes, feuille hands and the long signature “International Watch & Co—Schaffhausen”.