It is based on the Spitfire Pilot’s Replica Watches with three adjustments. Most notably, the three-date aperture has been deprecated in favor of the traditional single-date window.
Secondly, the 43mm steel case has a strong back cover and a soft iron internal cage to prevent magnetic fields, which is not available in the IWC Spitfire Replica.
Finally, the dial, or more precisely the top of the soft iron cage, is matte black, with beige distressed Luminova on the hands and hour markers. The Fake IWC Watch is not much different from the regular model, but it looks more like a traditional pilot watch, especially with a revised date window.
TheIWC Portugieser fake watch was recently treated to upgraded internals in the form of the classic column-wheel 69355 caliber, so a bracelet to match seems like the final step in the evolution of the model which is now inching towards three decades of existence.
Good things take time, and there’s certainly something to be said about the small changes made over the lifespan of the IWC Replicathat make it what it is today – bracelet and all.
Any bracelet would give the watch a more sporty personality, but the bracelet that IWC has chosen for the Fake Portugieser Chronograph lends a particularly rugged aesthetic to the watch, which was originally designed for navigation tasks.
It’s always been a capable wristwatch with the horological chops to back it up, but now, with a bracelet, it finally looks the part in a way that it never has before.
The addition of the Ceratanium bits on the SFTI version also complete the all-black case. Earlier generations of ceramic pilot’s chronographs had naturally-grey titanium crowns and pushers that contrasted again the black case.
The SFTI edition remains largely similar to the regular-production Top Gun Replica Watch, save for a few minor changes in colour. And it is distinguished from the watch available to TOPGUN graduates at nine o’clock.
Distinguishing between the two movements is easy on the dial: the 7750 has its running seconds at nine o’clock, while the cal. 69380 has the seconds at six as it is coupled directly to the fourth wheel.
That’s accomplished by coupling the Fake IWC Watchhour register hand to the mainspring barrel, which conveniently makes a rotation every 12 hours.