IWC Portofino "Romana" 2050 Perpetual Calendar YG

Item Number: IWC033

€8.685,75 EUR
-Specifications

Brand
IWC
Model
Portofino "Romana" Perpetual Calendar
Reference
IW205003
Year
1990s
Movement
Manual Wind Cal.18561
Case
36mm
Material
18K Yellow Gold
Lug Width
18mm
Bracelet
Black Leather Strap
Includes
IWC signed YG Buckle
Notes
The watch has been completely serviced recently
Warranty
1-year Mechanical WarrantyShipping
Global shipping via FedEx International Priority


IWC is an abbreviation of International Watch Company, and as you can see from the English company name, it is a watch manufacturer founded in 1868 by American Florentine Ariosto Jones.

It was created in the town of Schaffhausen on the German border with the aim of combining Swiss craftsmanship with modern American engineering.

The same Swiss watchmaker has a different philosophy from French-speaking companies such as Geneva and the Joux Valley, and this is expressed in their watches.

This Ref.IW2050 is a model called "Romana" produced from 1995 to around 2001 as a member of Portofino, which still exists today.

The perpetual calendar, also known as the perpetual calendar, is one of the three major complications in mechanical watches.

It is a very convenient mechanism that determines the number of days in each month and leap years, and displays the actual calendar correctly "forever" as long as the clock continues to run. No need to manually fix it.

Perpetual calendars have long been synonymous with ultra-luxury brands like Patek Philippe, but IWC's 1985 Da Vinci (Ref. IW3750) is the established theory. It is a watch that covers the

Normally, perpetual calendar models have multiple pushers (buttons) for adjusting the date, day of the week, month, and moon phase. It is a unique and smart mechanism that allows you to easily adjust all the displays by operating the crown.

This module created by Kurt Klaus, a living legend of IWC, shocked the watch industry at the time.

The Romana uses a slimmer version of the Da Vinci mechanism.

The case material is 18K yellow gold, and the case size is 36mm, which is quite small for a watch with a complicated mechanism.

The back cover is screwed in 6 places and is expected to be more robust than the snapback.

The slightly narrow lugs on the round case are a very classical combination, and the design gives an impression of sophistication.

The dial is a sandblasted silver dial. The in-dial for the display of the date, month, etc. has circular streaks.

The hour and minute hands are leaf-handed, and the in-dial hands are sword-handed, both finished in blued steel. The indexes around the dial are printed Roman numerals.

The two-digit number above 7 o'clock on the dial indicates the last two digits of the year. It's 2022, so it's 22 now.

The equipped movement is a hand-wound Cal.18561. "Da Vinci" was based on a self-winding chronograph machine called ETA7750, but in this Romana it has been changed to Jaeger-LeCoultre's Cal.849 base to make it thinner.

Cal.849 is the ultra-thin movement still used in Jaeger-LeCoultre watches today, measuring just 1.85mm thick. As a result, the achieves a thinness of only 3.15 mm while having a perpetual calendar mechanism.

Instead of being thinner, it is only hand-wound, and the year display has changed from 4 digits to the last 2 digits.

As I mentioned earlier, the month, date, day of the week, and moon phase are all linked. To go.

Comes with a matte black crocodile leather strap and an IWC genuine YG buckle.

In 2016, there was a history of complete service at IWC.

Overhauled. 1 year warranty.

[Payment Method]
1. Credit Card (Visa/Master/Amex)
2 Wire/Bank Transfer
*We have U.S bank account and European bank account. So you don't need to transfer internationaly.

[Delivery]
Shipped via FedEx International Priority.
Normally,Item will be shipped in 1-2 working days after payment received.

Tracking number will be provided, and insurance will cover if the item is damaged or missing in the shipping process.

[Custom Duty]
International buyer has a responsibility to pay import duties, taxes or charges. (ex VAT/GST)

We do not accept to declare lower value on shipping label or invoice.We will declare full value of them.

If you would like to know how much it will be, please check approximate cost below.
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These costs normally collected by courier when you pick up item or after your receive.

[Return]
We accept return in the case of shipping mistake or item defect in 14 days after your receive.

  1. Can I check the actual item at the store?
    -Yes, You can check it at the store.

  2. Can I ask reserve the watch?
    -No, we do not reserve a watch until payment completed because we also sell our products on online store.

  3. Can you adjust my bracelet? 
    -Yes,If you indicate your approximate arm circumference when you place an order, we will adjust it and send it to you.
    (*Riveted bracelets and Folded bracelets need to be adjusted by our watchmaker, so please allow a little time for this.)

  4. How long does it take for "delivery after service"?
    -Please allow approximately 1month to 1.5 months from the time of order.
    (*It may take a little longer depending on the schedule of the wacthmaker and the number of customers.)

  5. Is there a payment deadline? (Bank transfer)
    -If we cannot confirm your payment within 2 days of your order, we will cancel your order.

  6. Can I order by cash on delivery?
    -No, we do not accept cash on delivery.
  7. Do you accept installment payments or BNPL(Buy Now Pay Later)?
    -No, We do not support installment payments or BNPL.
  8. Do you ship internationally?
    -Yes, we ship via FedEx International Priority.
    (*Customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer, so please pay them upon or before receiving the package.)
About Service
Service(Overhaul) is the process of disassembling a mechanical product down to its component parts, cleaning, and reassembling it to bring it back to the state of performance when it was new.

The overhaul procedure is roughly explained as follows
Separate the case and movement.
Disassemble the movement
Inspect each part for wear and tear and perform a preliminary cleaning.
Cleaning by a special machine
Lubrication and assembly
6. Water-resistance inspection (water-resistance function guaranteed)
7. Adjustment and running test
This is the process of the watchmaking process.

Some movements consist of several hundred parts, which are disassembled piece by piece, inspected, cleaned, and reassembled in an extremely precise process.

Without overhaul, just like a car, the oil deteriorates and the risk of wear and tear on the parts increases, causing a loss of precision or, in serious cases, the inability to run.

We recommend an overhaul every two to three years to ensure economical and long-lasting use of your watch.


About new finishing (polishing)

Vintage watches have been used for decades, and even the stainless steel used in many watches has become rounded at the corners, or has many small scratches on the surface that should be beautiful with a mirror finish.

At Albitro, we believe that our watches should be purchased in beautiful condition and used for a long time, so we sell them with a new finish.

Especially for dress watches with gold cases, we finish them to bring out the best of the precious metal case.

The watches sold at Albitro that have been newly finished are photographed in very high resolution, so you can see the edges are sharp and the mirror finish reflects the light.

Some cases and bracelets have a mixture of mirror and hairline finishes, but not many craftsmen are able to distinguish between them and finish them at a high level.

The "thinning of the case" is another area that is highly dependent on the skill of the craftsman. A watch with skinny lugs is far from its original design, and its appearance is unbalanced.

It is a very meticulous process to reduce the thinness of the case as much as possible while eliminating scratches and dents to bring the watch closer to its original finish.

Of course, in some cases, it is better to leave the watch in its original condition as it is, as it is the history of the watch and the original condition is important.

We look at each watch individually and decide whether it is best to finish it before selling it.

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