IWC Auctions Portugieser Watch That Sailed Around World


In October 2014, seven teams of the best sailors in the world set sail on the world’s toughest yacht-racing challenge covering a distance of nearly 39,000 miles (71,745 kilometres) around the globe. IWC Schaffhausen, returning for a second edition as Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race and sponsor of the ADOR team, provided each member of the latter with a Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”. In support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, IWC Schaffhausen will exclusively auction off the watch which two-time Olympic silver medallist and Skipper of the ADOR team, Ian Walker, was wearing during the gruelling round-the-world sailing odyssey, which will come to a close on June 27 in Gothenburg,Sweden.

The auction is conducted by the online fundraising platform CharityStars until June 23 on their website The auction package includes the watch worn by Skipper Ian Walker and an invitation to the grand finale of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15 in Gothenburg. The new owner of the watch will be part of the festivities, participate in a sailing session on board Azzam, the ADOR boat, witness the in-port race and have the opportunity to speak with the ADOR sailing team and IWC representatives.

The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” with its beautifully laid-out silver-plated dial and blued numerals, hands and indices is the second Yacht Club model dedicated to the partnership between IWC and the Volvo Ocean Race and is available in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. Featuring the IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement, the eye-catching timepiece has one of the most modern and robust chronograph movements available, featuring a flyback function and aggregate timing of up to 12 hours shown on an analogue display with two hands in a subdial. It is water-resistant to 6 bar and is the only Portugieser model with crown protection as well as luminescent hands and indices.