The story on the notorious IWC Portugieser watch is one that is notable in aficionados’ circles. Today, IWC presents an update of their whole Portugieser assortment. From a three hands watch to an unending calendar.

But first, how about we do a snappy summary of the Portugieser and why it is a particularly famous watch. Back in 1939, IWC watchmakers made a major watch on uncommon solicitation by two sellers from Portugal (thus the name) that had the exactness of a pocket watch. Around then, IWC was notable for its exactness pocket watches and the Portuguese sellers needed to have that equivalent degree of precision in a wristwatch. More modest wristwatches were the pattern in those years, yet unfit to convey a similar exhibition as the IWC pocket watches.

IWC reference 325, picture by Phillips auctions.

From reference 325 to Portugieser

Based on a tracker pocket watch development (type 74), IWC made a 41.5mm (walloping size at that point) wristwatch with a little seconds hand and Arabic numerals on the dial. Smooth hands showed up, as you can find in the picture beneath of an early reference 325 IWC ‘Portuguese’. As indicated by IWC’s records, until the last part of the 1970s, they just delivered 690 of these reference 325 ‘Portugiesers’, of which just 141 watches discovered their approach to Portugal.

In 1993, IWC’s Marketing and Sales chief Hannes Pantli not just needed to commend the 125th commemoration of the company with the complicated Il Destriero Scafusia observe yet additionally dispatched the Portugieser. The then-new name for the revived reference 325 assortments. Bullseye, as throughout the long term the Portugieser has become significantly more known to a bigger crowd than the reference 325 at any point was. (Another) symbol was born.

IWC concluded the time had come to redesign the Portugieser assortment again, and show us various new models. Let’s have a more intensive glance at them.

IWC Portugieser Automatic 40mm IW358305

IWC Portugieser Automatic

The brand from Schaffhausen presents two columns in the Portugieser Automatic assortment, 5 reference IW3583 varieties in a 40.4mm case, and two new IW5007 varieties in a 42.3mm case. In the event that you like things spotless and basic, the 40.4mm (and 12.4mm thick) IW3583 models are fascinating to consider. They include IWC’s type 82200 development that has the renowned Pellaton winding framework and a force hold of 60 hours. Certain pieces of this development are made of artistic, to keep them from wearing out. The development can be appreciated through the sapphire caseback of the watch.

You will locate various reference 325 components in this watch, for example, the date at 6 o’clock, the Arabic numerals and the plan signals of the case, obviously. These watches are conveyed on a calfskin tie made by the Italian shoe maker Santoni (I’m a major fanatic of those) with a collapsing catch. The cost of the 40mm Automatic will be CHF7000 Swiss Francs/€7250. The rose gold rendition (reference IW358303) has a cost of CHF17,200 Swiss Francs/€17,000.

One of my #1 Portugieser models

Now, for the 42.4mm adaptation, this is most likely — other than the chronograph — the most popular contemporary form of the Portugieser since 1993. Also, frankly, this is one of my number one Portugieser models. Here and there confused from the outset with being a chronograph because of the two subdials, however one subdial is a force hold marker and the other one is for the little seconds. Is it too insane to even consider imagining that this two register watch may be somewhat the achievement or agitator for the high measure of two-register chronographs out there?

Not in regards to usefulness, obviously, yet simply discussing feel. In any case, the Portugieser Automatic IW5007 has two new varieties. One in steel with a burgundy red dial and there’s a shop release in rose gold, with a blue dial. The two watches have type 52610, utilizing the Pellaton winding framework, have a force hold of 7-days and use – like the type 82200 development – portions of fired to keep it from mileage. The thickness of the case is 14.2mm.

The cost of the steel IWC Portugieser Automatic (7-Days) with burgundy dial (ref. IW500714) is CHF12,800 Swiss Francs/€12,600. The store version in rose gold and blue dial (IW500713) has a retail cost of CHF24,000 Swiss Francs/€23,400.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

One of the best Portugieser models is the chronograph. IWC currently presented three new releases, with some intriguing shading decisions for the dials. Blue, green, and burgundy red. It appears to be that the burgundy pattern, that was begun a year ago with Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, is doing very well. This 41mm breadth watch (13.1mm thick) utilizes an IWC type 69355 development. A two-register chronograph with focal seconds and brief counter at 12 o’clock. The green and burgundy dial adaptations are in a steel case, while the blue dial form comes in a 18K gold case. This 5N 18K gold variant is a shop edition.

The costs of the steel models in green (IW371615) and red (IW371616) are CHF8200 Swiss Francs/€7950, the red gold model with blue dial (IW371614) has a retail cost of CHF17,900 Swiss Francs/€17,700.

IWC Portugieser Yacht Club

In 2010, IWC added the Yacht Club assortment to the Portugieser family. A half breed between an exquisite Portugieser watch and a games watch with nautical impacts. This year, IWC presents two new models for the Portugieser Yacht Club assortment: Yacht Club Moon & Tide and the Yacht Club Chronograph. The Yacht Club Moon & Tide (reference IW344001) is a 18K gold model that has a complication that will demonstrate the hour of the following elevated or low tide. On top, it has a moon stage pointer. Truth be told, it shows a twofold moon, one for the northern half of the globe and one for the southern side of the equator. To keep things energetic, it has an elastic tie with a material trim. The Yacht Club Moon & Tide has a type 82835 development with a 60-hour power hold. This model estimates 44.6mm in breadth and 14.4mm in height.


The retail cost of the Yacht Club Moon & Tide will be CHF35,000 Swiss Francs/€34,800.

The other Yacht Club is a chronograph. It is the third era as of now since 2010, and has reference IW3907. It is a 44mm case watch with either tempered steel or bi-shading (yeey!). The chronograph type IW89361 development additionally has a flyback work, implying that you can restart the chronograph simply by squeezing reset while it runs, no compelling reason to stop it first. This development has a force hold of 68 hours.

The Yacht Club Chronograph retails for CHF13,500 Swiss Francs (€13,000) in steel and CHF 20.500 (€19,700) in bic-colour.

I need to add that for a nautical watch, the water-obstruction on these watches is somewhat powerless. 30 meters for the Yacht Club Moon & Tide and 60 meters for the chronograph version.

IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

Next to the IWC Portugieser Automatic 7-Days, the Perpetual Calendar form is unquestionably something I’d rock. IWC presents four varieties of the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar, including two store release of which one has a four-digit year marker. One of the varieties of the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar is in tempered steel (reference IW344203). The others are made of gold. The steel form just as the gold adaptations (with the exception of the store release) measure 42mm in diameter.

These watches are controlled by IWC’s type 82650 development. It has 60 hours of force save and can propel the schedule with a solitary motivation during the evening. Each capacity can be worked by means of the crown. The hardened steel Portugieser Perpetual Calendar (IW344203) has a retail cost of CHF23,000 Swiss Francs/€22,700. The gold rendition with silver-plated dial (IW344202) will retail for CHF33,000 Swiss Francs/€32,800. At that point, there’s the gold shop version with blue dial (reference IW344205) that will retail precisely equivalent to the IW344202.


The 18K gold store version of the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar (reference IW503312) is somewhat bigger than the others, with its 44.2mm case distance across (and 14.9mm in stature). This release is made of Armor Gold, IWC’s own compound that has more protection from wear (5 to multiple times more than regular 18K gold). Other than the case material, there’s an extra subdial (little seconds), a four-digit gap for the year pointer and there’s a force hold marker (7 days).

The IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition reference IW503312 will have a cost of CHF115,000 Swiss Francs.

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