IWC Schaffhausen Portofino
IWC Portofino Automatic Stainless Steel Silver Dial Mens Watch IW356517
Swiss made, automatic, 40mm, stainless steel, silver dial, sapphire crystal glass, alligator strap, pin & buckle, 2 year manufacturer's warranty. Style number: IW356517
As the watch of choice for the traditionalist, a simple 3 hand design and date window is all that's needed. A 40mm polished stainless steel case with rounded edges beautifully frames the Portofino's crisp white dial. Gold index and hour markers decorate the watch face alongside three gold hands and a central hacking seconds. Complete with a black leather alligator strap this stylish timepiece secures comfortably on the wrist with a pin and buckle finish. Style number: IW356517
A movement or calibre is the inner heart of the watch, the internal mechanism or engine which acts as a powerhouse for the watch. There are many different types of movement, but they essentially fall into two categories: Mechanical or Quartz.
There are two types of mechanical movement: Automatic and Hand-Wound. Mechanical movements are considered very desirable in fine watchmaking due to the skill required to make them, building on centuries of craftsmanship and assembled my master watchmakers.Many luxury watch brands now develop their own in-house calibres, which are called in-house movements. This shows the skill and quality of a particular watch manufacturer.
Automatic is used to describe a self-winding mechanical watch and is the most popular mechanical movement used by watchmakers. An automatic watch is wound by the movement of the wrist and as long as you wear the watch regularly, it will rarely need to be manually wound.An automatic watch uses energy from the mainspring to power the watch, rather than a battery. This energy is created by a rotor which turns in response to the wearer’s movement.
Hand-wound is used to describe a hand-wound mechanical movement and is the oldest type of watch movement on the market.A hand-wound movement needs to be manually wound in order to create energy in the watch’s mainspring to power the watch. This is done by turning the crown multiple times and the mainspring will then slowly release energy.Winding intervals for a manual or hand-wound watch will depend on the capacity of the power reserve, which could be from 24 hours to a week or so.
Quartz is used to describe a battery powered watch movement and is an electrical watch mechanism celebrated for its accuracy and minimal maintenance required, apart from changing the battery.A battery sends an electrical current via a small quartz crystal, electrifying the crystal to make small vibrations which keeps the movement oscillating and in turn powers the watch.
Luxury watches were traditionally made in gold but with the advent of new technologies in watchmaking many new materials have come on to the market and are now widely used.The case forms the outer part of the watch, which surrounds the bezel and the underneath of the dial. This can come in materials including yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, platinum, stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and a PVD coating.
The Watch Gallery is an authorised watch retailer and offers a minimum 2 year international manufacturer’s warranty with every watch it sells. As an authorised dealer, every new watch will come in a branded box with full papers of authenticity. All pre-owned models also come with The Watch Gallery’s own 2 year warranty.If for any reason you’re not entirely satisfied with your purchase, The Watch Gallery offers a full refund within 14 days of purchasing, as long as the watch remains unworn. Just retain the packaging and use the supplied label to return the watch back free of charge.
Glass is used to describe the transparent cover of the watch, which can also be referred to as crystal. Glass is used to protect the dial but can also be used on the reverse of the watch to make a transparent open caseback, which shows the inner workings of the watch mechanism.
Sapphire Crystal Glass
Sapphire crystal glass is commonly used because it is highly scratch resistant and extremely hard wearing. It is completely transparent, enabling you to see every intricate detail on the watch dial and is one of the hardest natural substances making it an excellent protector.
Mineral glass is often used as an alternative to sapphire crystal. Lower priced watches can feature mineral glass, but also some older Rolex models may also use this type of glass.
Plexiglas is the trade name for an acrylic glass, often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.
A watch clasp secures the strap or metal bracelet of a watch. There are a number of clasp options available, which are outlined below.
A deployment clasp opens out into thirds, which allows the watch to fit over the wrist and hand before it is secured into place by a small hook clasp.
Push-button Deployment Clasp
A push-button deployment clasp works in the same way but has the addition of buttons on either side of the clasp which must be pushed to release.
Fold-over Push Button
A fold-over pushbutton deployment or fold-over safety clasp has an extra security feature in the form of a fold-over latch. Along with the pushbutton, this helps ensure the clasp does not open on its own.
A hidden deployment buckle clasp is also known as a butterfly clasp. This opens at both ends of the strap and resembles a butterfly’s wings when fully opened. The clasp easily opens and closes for convenience.A buckle and pin clasp is a very common clasp closure and similar to what you can see on a belt. It features a loop and pin which are secured through holes on the strap.
A jewellery clasp is widely used on many bracelet straps. It features a latch that opens and closes when attached to the latch bar on the other end of the bracelet.
An open or transparent caseback features on the reverse of a watch and allows the wearer to see intricate details of the mechanism. It is a chance for the watch brand to show off the movement, which can often be decorated for added effect. A transparent caseback can be fully open, have a skeletonised window or cut-out shape.
The origin of a watch is where it has been assembled. Many watch brands are Swiss-made but there are a number of brands that originate from other countries, for example U-Boat is made in Italy and Bremont is made in England. Some watch brands will use Swiss-made parts, such as the movement, but the watch will be assembled elsewhere.
Applying for finance is easy:
- 1. Choose a deposit amount
- 2. Select a finance option
- 3. Click 'Apply' to go to the checkout
- 4. Complete the easy online application
Buying a luxury watch is an investment, so we offer a variety of interest free credit and buy now pay later financing options to help spread the payments. Spend over £750 up to £16666 and you can choose to spread your payments over 12, 24, 36mths, with a minimum deposit of 10%. or if over £16666 but under £25000 then the deposit must be the amount over £15000 (the maximum loan amount)
To apply for finance you must be 21 or older, in regular employment and resident in the UK for more than 3 years. Finance is applicable for order values over £750 and is excluded from sale/promotional items. Limited finance options apply for Pre-owned watches (see individual products for details).
If your application is successful, you’ll be asked to to pay a deposit using a credit or debit card registered in your name. We use this payment to validate the details registered against your address so please ensure that the details for the card used match those provided in the credit application.
Other conditions may apply and we cannot guarantee that your application will be accepted. Stock will not be allocated until the application has been completed and approved. We reserve the right to withdraw finance on certain products at any time. Pay on Finance is provided through our external partner, V12. If your application is successful you will enter into a Credit Agreement with Secure Trust Bank Plc, who is V12’s parent company. Items can only be dispatched to the billing address unless prior arrangements have been made (please contact us prior to dispatch for further details)
Should you cancel your credit agreement and have already received products from us, then you will be liable to pay us in full for the product (unless your cancellation rights apply).
Please note the above terms are for online purchases only, finance is also offered in some of our stores with varying terms available, please contact the individual store to discuss the options available
How long will it take to apply?
The online application should take no longer than a matter of minutes to complete. You should then receive an instant response confirming your application’s success. Occasionally, V12 - our 3rd party financial services provider - will need to manually check the application. In such cases V12 will confirm their decision by email within 1 working day.
What do I need to apply?
All you need to do is fill in the online form at the payment stage and add an electronic signature. Please ensure you use your full name and registered address (i.e. the same format as used by your bank). On the successful completion of your application you will be asked to verify your identity by authorising a 50p transaction against a credit or debit that you own. This is a fraud prevention measure used to validate the details you have provided - no money is taken from your account.
What happens if my application is turned down?
Applications can be declined for numerous reasons including because of typing errors or mismatching address details in the application process - please check these thoroughly. Please note that other criteria may apply and we cannot guarantee the acceptance of your application.
If your application is unsuccessful, you can still purchase the item by credit card or PayPal - please talk to our sales team about alternative payment options.
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If your application is declined, it’s usually for one of the following reasons:
- you did not meet the eligibility criteria
- adverse credit reference agency information
- your credit score
- you are considered to be overcommitted financially
- your existing account performance with other lenders
If you wish to appeal the decision made by V12, it is advised that you obtain an up-to-date copy of your credit report by contacting the Experian Help Centre, before appealing directly to V12. Due to data protection all customer appeals must be dealt with directly with V12 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, by calling 02920 468 916.
What happens if I wish to cancel my application/return the goods?
Standard conditions apply for returns and cancellation periods - see: Returns & Refunds
In the event that your order contains more than one item, please note that you will need to return the full order in order to cancel the finance agreement. This means that if, for example, you have purchased 3 items but would like to return 1 of those items, then all 3 items must be returned back to us.
Who are V12?
We've teamed up with V12 Retail Finance Limited ("V12") to offer you a flexible and affordable option to pay on finance. V12 is the UK's only specialist provider of Retail Point of Sale Credit, providing finance options for more than 20 years through its industry leading online paperless processing system. If your application is successful, you will enter into a Credit Agreement with Secure Trust Bank Plc (V12's parent company) which will be administered by V12. V12 is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Secure Trust Bank Plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under registration number 204550.