Introduced in 1998, these “small” Portuguese automatic models from IWC come in two versions: one, a limited edition in platinum with a blue dial, the other unlimited, in steel, with a black dial.
The direct descendants of the legendary pocket watch that was modified for the wrist and first conceived back in the 1930s combine advanced watchmaking technology with timeless design features in a case measuring just 35 mm in diameter. Simple, unpretentious and perfect proportions: these are the qualities that have made the Portuguese one of the great classics to emerge from Schaffhausen.
The IWC Portuguese Automatic 35 mm series was introduced in 1996. This smaller version of the Portuguese automatic watch was already available in platinum (limited edition), rose gold and steel, each featuring the typical silver-plated dial, embossed Arabic numerals and swallow hands.
The platinum model features hour, minutes, centre seconds display and date. It is equipped with the automatic, 887/2 calibre movement, with a platinum weight on the bidirectional rotor behind the see-through sapphire glass back, a central second hand and date display.
The rose gold and steel versions are powered by a movement from the same family, the 891 calibre (base JLC Cal.891.2). These models come with a see-through back, featuring a small seconds at 6 o’clock – unusual in an automatic movement – and minus the date display.
Produced in a limited edition of 500 pieces, the IWC Portuguese Automatic 35mm platinum model with a blue dial is fitted with a blue hand stitched crocodile strap and platinum clasp.
By contrast, the IWC Portuguese automatic in stainless steel, with its black dial, see through back, black crocodile strap and stainless steel clasp was available as an unlimited edition.
The small fish on the crown indicates that both watches have been tested for water resistance to 30 m. Both watches feature a convex sapphire glass.
IWC Portuguese Automatic 35mm References
Ref. IW3531 (with small seconds)
IW353101: 18K rose gold case, silvered dial, and brown alligator leather strap
IW353102: Stainless steel case, silvered dial, and brown alligator leather strap
IW353103: Stainless steel case, silvered dial, and black alligator leather strap
IW353104: 18K yellow gold case, silvered dial, and black alligator leather strap
IW353105: Stainless steel case, black dial, and black alligator leather strap
Ref. IW3532 (with centre-seconds and date)
IW353201: Platinum case, silvered dial, black alligator leather strap, limited edition of 500 pieces
IW353202: Platinum case, blue dial, blue alligator leather strap, limited edition of 500 pieces