I've always been a Rolex and Panerai guy. I've had a love and respect for IWC, but haven't yet had a chance/funds to purchase one. I've always wanted a Big Pilot, and of course I'm always drooling over IWC's perpetual calendars.
A couple of weeks ago, I was traveling and found a Portuguese Hand Wound IW5454-08 at an airport at just the right price! I really like it but I wasn't actually looking to buy a watch. I like the 44mm size (no it's not too big!), and how thin it is (10mm!).
The rep. kept saying that I should buy it right then and there because I was not going to find a that same price anywhere else. I ignored what she said and left, but later I checked online and indeed the price was unmatched! I figure this might be my chance to enter the IWC world at a reasonable price. I'll be flying through the same airport next week, and have already called the store and asked them to hold the watch for me.
Meanwhile, I've been trying to learn more about the watch and I read somewhere that it was only produced in limited quantities before being discontinued, but was looking to learn more information. Does anyone have more information about this watch?
- What do you guys think of this particular watch?
- How good is the movement?
- Why was the watch discontinued?
- How closely does this design resemble the original Portuguese?
- Should I go for it?