A watch for enthusiasts, adventurers, and hedonists
Bartholomeu Dias becomes the first person to sail around the southernmost tip of Africa, Fernando Magellan is the first to circumnavigate the world, and Pedro Cabral discovers Brazil: The Portuguese of the 15th and 16th centuries were bold, adventurous, and intent on new discoveries.
Towards the end of the 1930s, two merchants named Rodríguez and Teixeira from Lisbon and Porto contacted the International Watch Company (known today as IWC) in Schaffhausen. Their idea: a large steel wristwatch for captains and officers of the Portuguese merchant fleet, who were in need of a “really large watch” with the precision of a maritime chronometer.
In 1939, the first model of the Portuguese line is born: the original Portuguese (Ref. 325). As the requirements for a marine chronometer can only be fulfilled by a sizable pocket watch movement, a Savonette movement calibre 74 was incorporated into a plain wristwatch case. The original Portuguese from 1939 promised a successful era for the entire collection: the Portuguese watches convince with precision, size, and sophisticated mechanics.