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IWC Portuguese Chronograph Review

Get to know an IWC classic with our IWC Portuguese Chronograph review. Discover what makes the IWC Portuguese Chronograph so great and how its recent upgrades has made this a top contender.

A Timeless Classic Dress Watch: IWC Portuguese Chronograph

The IWC Portuguese Chronograph is a wrist watch that has lots of beauty and a rich history. This iconic & grail timepiece has been a major cornerstone for the IWC lineup and has maintained its popularity over the years. In our article, IWC Portuguese Chronograph Review, we’ll cover features/functions, movement, dial, specs, and how much the IWC Portuguese Chronograph costs / it’s value proposition.

Check out our in-depth New IWC Portugieser Chronograph review on Youtube.

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Movement

For years the IWC Portuguese Chronograph was fitted with a Valjoux 7750 movement until recently. The Valjoux 7750 provided a sturdy 42 hour power reserve, 30 minute chronograph, and a reliable time keeping abilities. Eventually the decision was made to upgrade IWC Portuguese Chronograph movement and bring it in-house. The new in-house calibre 69355 takes shape from a classic column wheel design that is engineered to the highest standards of IWC watchmaking. To celebrate the new IWC Portuguese Chronograph 40 movement, a see through case back was selected to showcase its beauty and design.

IWC 69355 Calibre Movement

IWC Portuguese Dial

The IWC Portuguese Chronograph dial is instantly recognizable and has been for decades. The modern version still holds true to the original debut of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph. The simple yet elegant dial of the entire IWC Portuguese series has lead to it’s timeless luster. The IWC Portuguese dial provides a versatile design that can work in any formal attire and at the same time looking sharp in just a t-shirt.

IWC Chronograph Portuguese On The Wrist

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Features / Functions

Who says an elegant dress watch can’t have features and functions? Our IWC Portuguese Chronograph review has opened our eyes to how incredible this watch and the rest of the IWC Portuguese lineup is. Normally I wouldn’t consider a chronograph on a dress watch but leave it to IWC to make it work. Along with the 30 minute chronograph IWC has provided us with an in-house calibre, transparent case back, sapphire crystal, gold indices & hands, premium leather strap, and a screw down crown.

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Automatic Black Dial

The New IWC Portuguese Chronograph 40

One question that I think most of us asked ourselves when it came to putting together a value proposition for the IWC Portuguese Chronograph review is, “Does the watch command the price being charged”. You can argue that once a company is charging north of $7,000 for a single watch, an in-house calibre should be involved. I’m personally one of those people myself and that is why I am so excited to learn that a watch that I think was close to perfect now checks all the boxes.

We’re happy to link to the launch video IWC released when they introduced their new IWC Portuguese collection. After watching this, we think that you’ll really gain a deeper appreciation for the collection and notice all the thought and collaboration that went into the IWC Portuguese collection.

How Much Does The IWC Portuguese Chronograph Cost

The IWC Portuguese Chronograph starts out at $8,715 for stainless steel models and can go up to $19,000 for precious metal models.

After learning how much does the IWC Portuguese Chronograph cost and if you’re wanting a better price, the previous versions that do not house the 69355 calibre movement can be picked up on at a discount new and used.

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Specs

MaterialsStainless Steel & Precious Metals
Water Resistance3 Bar
MovementAutomatic, Self-Winding
Power Reserve46 Hours
Frequency28,800 VPH
DecorationCotes de Geneve, perlage
IWC Portuguese Chronograph Review

Final Thoughts

To not give the IWC Portuguese Chronograph the respect it deserves would just be insane. There is a reason why this watch has stood the test of time and maintained its popularity over the years. The simple and yet elegant design of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph is what gives it its lore and its ranking among dress watch favorites. We’ve greatly enjoyed writing our IWC Portuguese Chronograph review. If you haven’t yet visited a local AD to see the watch in person, we suggest you take the time. Especially since now its upgraded movement has put it on par with competing watches in the $7,500-$10,000 price range.

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