IWC Small Portuguese Ref. 3531 (4th times the charm)

Jan 17, 2023,17:45 PM

I finally tracked down a mint, untouched IWC 3531 Small Portuguese in steel after selling my 3rd 3531 in 2017.  My history with this reference is long.  I traded a Rolex 1675 in primo condition for my first steel 3531 in April 2012, back when the IWC was nearly impossible to find online.  This trade stings looking back at what I gave up but, at the time, I was as  ecstatic as I had searched for a 3531 for over 4 years with no luck.  

Within a month of trading for my 1st 3531, I was offered a black dial steel 3531 and bought it too.  I sold both 3531 in 2015 as I moved into sport watch territory and did not think twice about the sales.  In 2016, I got the itch again, found a rose gold 3531 and bought it without hesitation.  I sold the rose gold 3531 about a year later and didn't look back.  

Now, as I've moved on from steel sport watches, I found myself lusting over the 3531 again.  I found a pristine example from an EU based seller, made an offer and had the watch within a week.  Looking back, I'm not sure how I ever gave this beauty up (let alone three times).  To me, this is the most proportional IWC Portuguese ever made (the script on the dial is the icing on the cake).  The only way to improve the aesthetics would be to replace the stamped dial with applied numerals.  Maybe this dial would make me part with this watch for the 4th time?  

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 By: Aquaracer1 : January 17th, 2023-19:08
Looks great! I’ve been there many times. There is nothing like reacquiring a beauty and getting it back on your wrist . What are the case proportions on this one?


 By: GuyT : January 17th, 2023-19:32
That's a nice watch. I have been looking for a while but only want the black dial

Yep have lusted over this one for years and just can’t pull the trigger. Love the Jäeger movement too.

 By: Blourenco : January 17th, 2023-21:16
Congratulation on finding an excellent example, every once in a while they do come up but black dial ones even rarer. However 3532 in platinum never tempted you? Not so sure the date function does it justice as the steel small seconds far more balanced di... 

 By: Gob Bluth : January 18th, 2023-18:58
Thank you! The 3532 never tempted me due to the date window. That said, the purple dial is one that I would love to have in my watch box.

42 mm case, indeed.

 By: amanico : January 18th, 2023-13:10

 By: Gob Bluth : January 18th, 2023-19:00
The jubilee is a beauty but wears too large for me given the size of the dial (not dimensions). I think the 35mm 3531 wears much larger than one would expect due to the slim bezel and large dial.

I see.

 By: amanico : January 18th, 2023-21:30