The IWC Portugieser ChronographReplica has enjoyed strong popularity for many years and is one of IWC’s bestselling models. No one could have possibly predicted this success when the Portugieser’s history began in 1939. IWC responded by filling a 41.5-mm-diameter steel case with Caliber 74H4, which was originally used in pocketwatches and is more than 38 mm in diameter.
This hand-wound wristwatch was given a neatly designed dial with a railway-style minutes circle, Arabic numerals and a subdial for the seconds at 6 o’clock. In an era when gents preferred to wear small and elegant wristwatches, the IWC Replica must have looked like a gigantic measuring instrument strapped to its wearer’s wrist.
When this caliber debuted at the turn of the millennium, its diameter of 38.2 mm made it the world’s largest automatic movement. This was a courageous step because this caliber would never have fit into a smaller Fake watch. If the trend for large wristwatches had reversed itself, the big movement would have been useless. But history took a different turn, and the Portugieser was a big success.
With a diameter of 41 mm, the Portugieser Chronograph is nonetheless 1 mm smaller than the IWC Replica Portugieser Automatic. This size was formerly considered to be large, but nowadays 41 mm is a normal size for a wristwatch with a built-in stop-seconds function.
To achieve the desired arrangement with the small seconds at the dial’s South Pole, the elapsed-hours counter had to be removed and replaced by a mechanism for the continually running seconds. Such modifications in movements have long been standard procedure at Copy IWC.
Replica WatchesSpiraling lines, like a turbine’s blades, cover this rotatable ring and give the bezel a non-slip surface that makes it easier to turn. A quick clockwise twist overcomes a spring’s resistance and triggers the ordinary hour hand for the local time to leap ahead one hour; a counterclockwise turn makes the same hand jump back an hour.
A practical detail: the date display automatically switches either forward or backward when the hour hand passes midnight. The subdial at 3 o’clock shows the time in the wearer’s home time zone. The Substantial Fake Watch day-night display occupies a little window here: if the aperture is orange, it’s OK to phone home; if it’s black, your family is probably asleep.
The height remains slim (13.5 mm), the diameter (44.7 mm) doesn’t look at all exaggerated, and the bezel makes a somewhat narrow impression. No crevice or other gap suggests that this ring can be rotated. All in all, Oris Replicahas designed and built a very solid and tidily crafted case.
A clever arrangement results in a tidy dial with numerals that remain uncropped by other indicators. The inset subdials and the light orange accents go well with the matte black dial.
In 2007, the Rolex Air-King Replica finally moved into a more modern era. Although the dimensions stayed at 34mm, the watch received a significant facelift, with the case thickened up and the lugs widened, giving the watch a noticeably larger overall appearance on the wrist.
A new solid link Oyster bracelet with a redesigned clasp replaced the former 78350 and the steel used throughout the watch was also uprated to the immensely strong and corrosion-resistant 904L. Additionally, a larger range of dial colors was added, and an IWC Replica 18k white gold fluted bezel became an option for the very first time.
Most importantly, while it kept the same Cal. 3130 as its predecessor, it was now an official chronometer-certified movement. The Rolex Replica ref. 114200’s relatively short production run and its chronometer-rated movement make it an intriguing option for collectors.
However, as welcome and well-thought-out as the changes to this generation were, the Substantial Rolex Air-King Replica days were numbered. In 2014, it was quietly withdrawn from the catalog entirely, with many expecting that was the last we would see of it, after more than seventy years of continuous production.