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IWC Portofino R1210

Product code: 11-04-869

IWC International Watch Co. AG, was originally founded in Switzerland by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868, He planned to assemble watches in Switzerland and import them into the United States. At the time, wages in Switzerland were relatively low although there was a ready supply of skilled watchmaking labour, mainly carried out by people in their homes.

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Price

£950.00

Order Quantity

Jones encountered opposition to his plans in French-speaking Switzerland because Jones wanted to open a factory. In 1850 the town of Schaffhausen was in danger of being left behind in the Industrial Age. At this stage, watch manufacturer and industrialist Heinrich Moser built Schaffhausen’s first hydroelectric plant and aided in further industrialization. He met F.A. Jones in Le Locle and showed great interest in his plans. Together, they laid the foundations for the only watch manufacturers in north-eastern Switzerland. The brand was previously known as the International Watch Chronology. The company was transferred to the Rauschenbach family in 1880, and has been a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group since 2000.

Dating to 1962, this model is the reference R1210, with a 34mm chromium plated brass case housing the in-house Calibre 401 17-Jewel manual wind movement. This movement features a Breguet hairspring, adjustment screws on balance spokes adjustment, and has a frequency of 19,800 A/h. The watch is in very nice condition with no major dings or scratches, just normal signs of light wear in its 60+ year life. There is some minor plate loss, most noticeably to the crown. The signed dial is in excellent condition and is viewed through a beautiful domed plexiglass crystal. The watch comes on an age appropriate generic black leather strap (with alligator pattern) with unsigned steel buckle.

Recipient

Crystal

Plexiglass

Strap / Bracelet

Leather

Dial Colour

Silver

Case Diameter

34mm

Case Material

Steel

Movement

Manual Winding

Water Resistant

3 ATM

Additional Features

Bezel: Steel