IWC Portugieser Chronograph utilizes the conventional stainless steel case that is able to withstand 3 bars of pressure. However, side that is parallel with the face of the watch is highly polished stainless steel versus brushed finish on the side. Contrast is subtle but is unique to those with keen eyes. As a popular dress watch that is sized at 41mm (40.9mm to be exact), lugs are short and curled inward to suit those with smaller wrist.
Similar to the casing of this watch, backing is made out of stainless steel with two-tone contrast. Outer rim of the back casing is highly polished with 4 screws that secures the back panel. Just inside of the polished section is the “International Watch Co.” and serial number engravings. Lastly, the inner-central circle is brushed plain stainless steel. Overall, the back casing utilizes the simple engravings and contrast in polish that is simplistic and clean.
III. Dial, Bezel, and Crown
This watch of IWC is equipped with blue dial color that has young but professional look to it. Arabic numeral indexes are used on this Portugieser Chronograph with 12 and 6 o’clock indexes partially taken away by the chronograph dial and small seconds window. Outer layer of markings are for the chronograph hand. The Hour and minute hands used are leaf hands. Bezel of this watch is simple stainless steel bezel that is thin. On the side are the crown and 2 buttons to operate chronograph function on this watch. Crown in simplistic stainless steel crown with IWC and Probus Scafusia logo, meaning ‘good things from schaffhausen.’ Top button is to start and stop the chronograph and bottom button is to reset the chronograph.
Adding to the simplistic look is the black alligator leather strap. This black leather strap adds more of the subtle, professional, and dressy look to this timepiece with stainless steel deployment buckle with IWC written on it, that is also minimal and simplistic.
Movement used on this watch is the Calibre 79350. It is an automatic movement with chronograph function built into it. Also, it contains 31 Jewels with 44 hours of power reserve. Movement on this watch is nothing too special, but it does its job well.
VI. Conclusion and Pricing
As Portugieser Chronograph is one of the most sought-after model in IWC and in Portugieser line, it is an all-around watch that is loved by people. With its simple and subtle look, this is a great dress watch to go along with one’s suit. However, it also fits perfectly with casual looks despite the gender. Priced at 6,900 USD, this could be a well all-around watch to be adored.