IWC Portuguese Limited Editions

The following is a compilation of Limited Edition IWC Portuguese watches arranged by what I understand to be the release date. Any corrections or additions are most welcome. The images are from IWC catalogues, acknowledged owners and those that I have saved to my hard drive over time. If you are the owner of one of the latter images please email me and I will provide acknowledgement or withdraw it if so requested.


Portuguese Jubilee

Introduced in 1993 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of IWC. Calibre 9828.

250 in platinum, Ref. 5441-05 with glossy brown crocodile strap, Ref. 5441-06 with glossy black crocodile strap,
500 in rose gold, Ref. 5441-03 with glossy brown crocodile strap, Ref. 5441-04 with glossy black crocodile strap,
1000 in stainless steel, Ref. 5441-01 with glossy brown crocodile strap, Ref. 5441-02 with glossy black crocodile strap.



Portuguese Minute Repeater

Introduced in 1995, Ref. 5240, Calibre 95290.

50 in platinum,
250 in rose gold, Ref. 5240-05 with brown crocodile strap, Ref. 5240-06 with black crocodile strap,
250 in yellow gold, Ref. 5240-01 with brown crocodile strap, Ref. 5240-02 with black crocodile strap.

Unlimited edition, Ref 5240-07 available in white gold.



Portuguese Chrono-Rattrapante

Introduced in 1996, Calibre 76240. Glossy black crocodile strap.

250 in platinum (from 1996), Ref. 3712-05,
100 in white gold (from 1998 but possibly from 1997), Ref. 3712-08.



PISA Portugieser

Introduced in1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Italian retailer PISA Orologi, Calibre 982x.

50 in stainless steel, Ref. 5441-07.

Images courtesy of Michael Friedberg


Asian Portuguese Chrono-Rattrapante

Introduced in 1997 but I'm unsure if it was for a specific retailer or an anniversary, Calibre 76240.

100 in stainless steel, Ref. 3712-07.

Image courtesy of Michael Gehret


Portuguese Automatic (often called the "small Portugieser")

Introduced in 1998, Calibre 887/2. A total of 500 in platinum. Available with either silvered or blue dial and probably 250 of each.

Ref. 3532-01 with silvered dial and glossy black crocodile strap,
Ref. 3532-02 with blue dial and glossy blue crocodile strap

The rose gold and the stainless steel, Ref 3531 was not a limited edition.



Portuguese Automatic 2000

Introduced in 2000, Calibre 5000.

250 in platinum, Ref. 5000-03,
750 in rose gold, Ref. 5000-04,
1000 in stainless steel, Ref. 5000-01.



Portugieser Chrono Automatic - Roysky ("The Millennium Watch")

Introduced in 2000 by the IWC retailer Roysky in Austria as among the last watches manufactured by IWC in the second millenium, Portuguese Chrono Automatic, Calibre 79240, owners name engraved on the rotor.

13 in platinum, Ref. 3714-07,
87 in red gold, Ref. 3714-06.

Image courtesy of Christopher Nemec


Portugieser Chrono Automatic - Descoberta do Brasil

Introduced in 2000 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brasil. Calibre 79240.

100 in rose gold, Ref. 3714-08.

If you are the owner of this image please contact me and I will provide acknowledgement or withdraw it if requested.


Cellini Portuguese Perpetual Calendar

Introduced in 2002 to mark the 25th anniversary of United States retailer, Cellini. Calibre 50610.

25 in stainless steel, Ref. 5021-13.

Image courtesy of Anthony Tsai


Portuguese Perpetual Calendar

Introduced in 2003.

250 in platinum with black crocodile leather strap,
        Ref. 5021-09 German dial, Cal. 50611,
        Ref. 5021-16 German dial, Cal. 50610,
        Ref. 5021-10 Italian dial, Cal. 50611,
        Ref. 5021-11 English dial, Cal. 50611.


PISA Perpetual Calendar

Introduced in 2004, Calibre 50611.

20 in white gold, Ref. 5021-17.

Details are available from PISA Orologi


Portuguese Minute Repeater Squelette

Introduced in 2004, Calibre 95911.

50 in white gold, blue crocodile strap, Ref. 5241-01,
50 in rose gold, brown crocodile strap, Ref. 5241-02.


 


Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere

Introduced in 2004, Calibre 50900.

50 in platinum, Ref. 504201,
250 in rose gold, Ref. 504202.
250 in white gold, Ref. 504207, with dark brown crocodile leather strap (introduced 2006)



Portuguese Automatic

Introduced in 2004, Calibre 50010.

500 in platinum with black crocodile leather strap, Ref. 5001-04.



Portuguese Chrono-Rattrapante - Barozzi

Introduced in late 2004 by Italian retailer Orologi Barozzi in Brescia. Calibre 76240.

50 in stainless steel, Ref. 371212.

Image courtesy of paballa


Portuguese Chrono-Rattrapante - Cortina

Probably introduced in late 2004 for Singapore watch retailer Cortina.

30 in stainless steel, black dial, black alligator leather strap with caseback engraving, Ref. 371213.


Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Boris Becker

Introduced in 2005, Calibre 79240.

250 in stainless steel with green alligator leather strap, Ref. 371430.



Portuguese F.A. Jones

Introduced in 2005, Cal. 98290.

500 in platinum with black crocodile leather strap, Ref. 544202,
1,000 in rose gold with brown crocodile leather strap, Ref. 544201,
3,000 in stainless steel with pale brown crocodile leather strap, Ref. 544203.
 



Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Anthony Zimmer

Introduced April 2005

38 in stainless steel, black and silver dial, black alligator strap, back marked Anthony Zimmer No. X/38. Reference number not known.

 


Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere - Jackie Chan

Introduced in 2005, Calibre 50900.

2 in white gold, brown alligator-strap, ardoise dial, Ref. 504208.


Portuguese Regulateur for Wempe

Introduced in 2005, Calibre 98240.

25 in platinum, Ref. 544302,
50 in rose gold, Ref. 544303,
100 in stainless steel, Ref. 544301.
 

Image courtesy of Alexander Linz


Portuguese F.A. Jones Squelette

Introduced prior to Christmas 2005 exclusively for IWC Boutiques, Calibre 98910

50 in platinum, black alligator-strap, Ref. 544205
100 in red gold, brown alligator-strap, Ref. 544206

Image courtesy of Sean Li


Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere for different Swiss Dealers

Introduced late 2005 or early 2006. Calibre 50900.

16 in white gold for different Swiss dealers. Ref. 504206.
The name of the dealer is engraved on the side of the case with Andreas Huber shown in the example below.

Images courtesy of Nad


Portuguese Chrono Automatic with Brilliants

A small series, possibly introduced in 2003, this example (Ref. 3714021) from 2006 initially for IWC Boutiques.

 


Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

Introduced in 2006, Calibre 79350.

2000 in stainless steel with dark blue crocodile leather strap, Ref. 371432.


Portuguese Minute Repeater

Re-introduced in 2006, Calibre 95290

100 watches in platinum, Ref, 524204 with black crocodile leather strap
250 in 18 ct. white gold, Ref. 524205 with black crocodile leather strap
250 in 18 ct. rose gold, Ref. 524202 with brown crocodile leather strap


Portuguese Perpetual Calendar

Introduced in 2006 exclusively for IWC Boutiques, Calibre 51612

250 watches in platinum, Ref. 502219 with black crocodile leather strap


Portuguese Perpetual Calendar for Zegg & Cerlati

Introduced in 2006 for Monaco jewellers Zegg & Cerlati, Calibre 50611

11 in 18 ct. white gold, Ref. 502118 with black crocodile leather strap



Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Miami Vice

Introduced July 2006. Caliber 79350.

50 in stainless steel with black alligator leather strap, Ref. 371404 with engraved IWC caseback commissioned by the USA distributor.


Portuguese Regulateur

Introduced in August 2006 exclusively for IWC Boutiques. Caliber 98245

500 in platinum, Ref. 5444. Unlimited editions in rose gold and also stainless steel.


Portuguese Chrono-Rattrapante - ITALIA

Introduced September 2006. Calibre 76240.

300 in stainless steel, silvered dial with blued index and blued hands and dark blue alligator strap. Ref IW371214, caseback engraved "Tribute to Italy"


Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Jackie Chan

Introduced in 2006, Calibre 79350.

250 in red gold, ardoise dial, with brown alligator strap. Ref. 371433.


Portuguese Regulateur for Sincere

Introduced in 2007 for Singapore retailer Sincere, Caliber 98245

50 in titanium, black dial, rose gold hands with black alligator leather strap, Ref. 544405.


Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Galli 125 Year Jubilee

Introduced in 2007 to celebrate the 125 year anniversary of Swiss retailer Galli, Calibre 79350.

5 in red gold, brown dial with brown alligator leather strap. Ref. 371461.
25 in stainless steel, brown dial with brown alligator leather strap. Ref. 371450.

 


Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Lucerne

Introduced in 2007 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Phillipine retailer The Lucerne Group.

50 in stainless steel, ardoise dial and brown alligator leather strap, Ref. 371466, Calibre 79350.

 


Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Watches of Switzerland

Introduced in 2007 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand retailer Watches of Switzerland.

5 in red gold, brown dial with brown alligator leather strap. Ref. 371463.
20 in stainless steel, brown dial with brown alligator leather strap Ref. 371462

Calibre 79350.


Portuguese Chrono Automatic - Tribute to Japan

Introduced in 2007 exclusively for the Japanese market. Calibre 79350

200 in stainless steel, silver and black dial with black alligator strap. Case back engraved "Tribute to Japan 2007 " with the Japanese archipelago. Ref. 371464.
 


Portuguese Regulateur Tourbillon

Introduced in late 2007. Calibre 98845 (28,800 bph)

100 in platinum with black crocodile leather strap. Ref, 544601
100 in rose gold with brown crocodile leather strap.
Ref. 544602
100 in white gold with dark brown crocodile leather strap. Ref. 544603

 


Portuguese Regulateur Tourbillon for Sincere

Introduced in late 2007 for Singapore retailer Sincere. Calibre 98845 (28,800 bph)

15 in rose gold, black dial with brown crocodile leather strap. Ref. 544604



Image courtesy of Sincere


Portuguese Vintage Collection

Introduced in 2008 as part of the Vintage Collection to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of IWC.

500 in platinum, Ref. 544505 with black crocodile leather strap. Calibre98295



Portuguese Perpetual Calendar - Luis Figo

Introduced in 2008, Calibre 50614

50 in 18 ct. red gold, rotor with medallion in yellow gold with engraved number"7", Ref. 502120 with black crocodile leather strap.





Portugieser - Tourbillon Mystère Squelette

Introduced in August 2008. Calibre 50910

50 in platinum, black alligator-strap, Ref. 5043051
50 in red gold, brown alligator-strap, Ref. 504302
50 in white gold, dark brown alligator-strap, Ref. 504303






I'd like to thank IWC for the use of their catalogue images and the respective owners of their images as outlined above. And a special thanks to Michael Friedberg and Christian Niemann for additional information.


If you are interested in other limited edition IWC watches the following article may be of interest, Limited Edition IWC Mark XII Watches by Stephen Sugiyama and IWC Mark XII Special Editions (pdf file) by Hans Goerter and Adrian van der Meijden. Details of more recent limited edition IWC Pilot watches can be found on The Flieger.
 
 

Greg Steer - August 2008


 

 

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