So many jewels in the Portugieser 2000

Nov 21, 2022,19:46 PM

The Portugieser 2000, was a limited production made in year 2000 to mark the start of the new millennium, with a completely newly designed movement, cal. 5000.  It's the predecessor of the regular production Portugieser 5001, and its most recent version, IW5007.  Given it's over 20 years old, mine is finally needing to be sent in for a full service as it is gaining over 1 minute per day.  

What I find fascinating is that the movement has 44 jewels!  For a time-only watch with power reserve indicator.  In comparison, the movement in the latest Portugieser, cal. 52010, has only 31 jewels, and this comes with an additional Date complication.  

Does anyone know why the old Cal. 5000 had so many jewels?  None of my other time only watches comes even close to that many jewels.  As matter of fact, only my Rolex cal. 4130 in the Daytona matches it with 44 jewels.

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Such an awesome port!

 By: TeutonicCarFan : November 21st, 2022-20:29
Love that dial and bracelet. I also agree, many Jewels for a time and power reserve movement. I sent my pilot chrono to service and it went smoothly.

 By: loujo : November 22nd, 2022-00:43
Thanks. Yes the bracelet, while very inexpensive from Amazon, is quite comfortable and adds a bit of retro flair to the watch.

It is a fantastic movement!

 By: KCLQMULKU : November 21st, 2022-20:32
Always loved the size of it!

 By: loujo : November 22nd, 2022-00:43
thank you.

Well of course the chronograph feature adds more…

 By: myles721 : November 21st, 2022-20:48
My Omega 9300 calibers have 53.

Don't think its a chronograph ..;)

 By: templetowers : November 21st, 2022-21:04

 By: loujo : November 22nd, 2022-00:42
Right. i am not surprised that a chronograph has that many jewels or more, but why for a time only watch.

 By: loujo : November 22nd, 2022-00:46
Really sorry to learn that your watch was stolen. Sonata is a mini-Minute Repeater not to mention all the other functions like big date, GMT, etc.

Good luck with the service. A real marvel!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 21st, 2022-22:13

 By: loujo : November 22nd, 2022-00:49
thank you!

 By: loujo : November 22nd, 2022-00:51
yeah, i am glad it lasted this long hopefully it doesn't take too long to get it services, but it seems 4 months or longer is the norm these days.

I had a 5001-07 years ago and it was actually my first watch i purchased

 By: Darron : November 22nd, 2022-16:52
New! Also, Nico would post his time to time and for the longest time I didn’t know why I liked it so much (since I had a newer one)… I like the rounded sapphire, different power reserve indicator and lastly the absence of the date!