Unveiled in 1998, the original Replica IWC Portugieser Chronograph ref. 3714 had a surprisingly long life, managing to be a bestseller for 22 years – and a lucrative franchise for IWC.
Now it has finally been replaced by the new Portugieser Chronograph ref. 3716 that looks almost identical, but is powered by a proprietary movement.
Now the ref. 3716 joins the regular collection, IWC Replica with steel or 18k rose gold case, as well as all of the dial variants that were offered for the outgoing ref. 3714.
That means the quintessential Portugieser Chronograph in steel matched a silver dial, gold numerals and gold hands is still available.
The new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Replica is slightly larger than the original, but the differences are so slight that they are not apparent at all. The new model is 41 mm in diameter and 13.1 mm high, compared to 40.9 mm by 12.6 mm for the original.
Fake IWC labels the cal. 69355 in-house, but the movement is part of the 69000 family, which incorporates some basic components of the Valjoux 7750, most notably the going train and barrel.
Replica IWC’s Timezoner was developed to be an ideal travel companion. A quick spin of the bezel suffices to show a new time zone, and a built-in flyback chronograph makes this an exceptional timepiece at a reasonable price.
To correctly set this world-time watch, you begin by pressing the rotatable bezel downward against the IWC Replica Watch stainless-steel case, which is nearly 46 mm in diameter. Then you turn the depressed bezel until the reference location for your home time zone appears at 12 o’clock, directly above the little triangle on the flange. If daylight savings time is currently in effect, you must rotate the bezel one position farther until the city’s accompanying dot with the letter “S” is in the 12 o’clock position.
If you’re staying at an exotic location and want to know what time it is at home, or if you’re at home and you want to know what time it is elsewhere in the world, simply exert pressure evenly downward against the bezel and turn it until the desired location swings into the 12 o’clock position: a fascinating pastime.
Fake IWC has developed Vogt’s innovation further. For example, the edge of the watch’s case no longer hosts a gigantic lever, which must be opened before the Timezoner function can be activated. Instead, the function is almost wholly concealed behind the left side of the case, where close scrutiny shows two narrow grooves toward the lugs.
Regarding timekeeping, IWC’s self-winding manufacture Caliber 89760 runs with reliably well-balanced rate performance inside this world-time watch. The construction lets you keep the chronograph in continuous operation, while the Cheap replica watch’s rate remains stable with an average gain of 2.9 seconds per day. A noteworthy and convenient feature is that the elapsed minutes and hours share a common subdial at 12 o’clock, where the elapsed time can be read intuitively, as on an ordinary dial.
Most years, the Swiss brand trains its focus on revitalizing specific collections, and this year the Popular Replica Portugieserfamily is the one in the spotlight.
Both timepieces use tourbillon movements and offer a retrograde chronograph and perpetual calendar, respectively. The references are available in limited quantities in rose gold and platinum, each produced with either a familiar silver or blue dial.
The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon has a 45-mm Portugieser case, with curved lugs and a relatively large crown. The dial’s outer edge features a railroad minute track recalling the marine chronometers that originally inspired the series, while applied Arabic numerals decorate most hour positions. Each of the dial’s four sectors hosts a different feature.
The right-hand side features an analog date indicator as well as a display for the impressive 7-day power reserve. Opposite this we find a 9 o’clock analog day indicator, with Fake IWC Watch branding at its center and a display for the year slightly below it brushing the 8 o’clock mark.
This array of functions is powered by the IWC Caliber 51950, an automatic movement with a gold oscillating rotor, visible via a sapphire caseback. Both the blue-dial and silver-dial versions of the Replica Watches are secured to the wrist via a blue alligator leather strap by Santoni.
Inside the new Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is the IWC caliber 89900, made in-house by the brand. Like the movement powering its perpetual calendar-equipped sibling, this IWC Replica watch’s automatic mechanism features a gold oscillating weight, though it offers a smaller power reserve of 68 hours.