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The AAA IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight-Days Replica Watches

The IWC Portugieser Replica collection has always been about pure function and simple design. The Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight-Days Edition “150 Years”takes this a step further though, paring things back to basics and focusing on getting the details just right. It’s a watch that really benefits from a closer look, since you could easily miss the things that make it most worthwhile at first glance.

The first thing you notice when you see this watch in the metal is that it’s big. When you pick it up, that impression only intensifies as you turn the 43.2mm x 12.3mm case over in your hands. However, while I’m usually the first person to give watch makers a hard time about oversized dimensions, I think AAA IWC Replica Watches made the right call here.

The Portugieser has always been a watch with an oversized case. Just look back at the history outlined above – the original watch was a pocketwatch movement put into a case with lugs and a strap for the wrist. The watches weren’t large for stylistic reasons, but rather out of pure necessity. The caliber 74, which powered the ref. 325 generation Cheap IWC Portugieser Replica watches, is 37.8mm across. That’s the movement I’m talking about, not the cased watch.

Despite the size, the Hand-Wound’s case is extremely elegantly proportioned. It resembles neither a hockey puck nor a dinner plate, and the lugs smoothly transition from the caseband. The brushed finishes are extremely clean and the polishing on top of the lugs, and the slim bezel, bring some brightness to the mix.

The blued steel hands are the perfect choice for this watch too. Previous versions of the Hand-Wound have featured metallic hands matching the case metal, and they’ve always looked a little flashy and cheap to me. The blue is intense and brings another dimension to the dial. Without these particular hands, I don’t think this Replica Watch works as a whole, but with them it really sings.

As with the original Portugieser watches, this watch is properly scaled to the movement inside. The caliber 59215 is, again, a 37.8mm movement, so it fills the caseback of the Hand-Wound, showing no spacer or dead zone when viewed through the massive sapphire window on the rear of the watch. As far as the architecture goes, the movement isn’t really related to the original pocketwatch calibers used in the first Portugieser, but the identical dimensions are a happy accident anyway.

The caliber 59215 is one of IWC’s Charming Fake Watches modern generation in-house movements, meaning it has a lot of technology incorporated that’s mean to make your watch perform better over time. These movements aren’t about fancy hand-finishing, though they’re certainly decorated nicely, with deep stripes on the plates and bridges, and polishing and bevels on the wheels. Instead, the emphasis is on the full bridge structure the hacking seconds, and the stopworks mechanism that prevents the watch from continuing to run once the torque in the single barrel drops below the level necessary for accurate timekeeping. The Hand-Wound either runs accurately or not at all.

With the proper strap in place, I was all set to strap the Hand-Wound on for the week. This probably comes as no surprise at this point, but my first thought when fastening the strap was “Damn, this is a big watch.” Luckily though, that ended up being far from the watch’s most lasting impression.

On the wrist, the Best Replica Watches For Sale Portugieser looks stunning. The white dial has tons of negative space, an effect made more pronounced by the thin bezel and sapphire box crystal, and there’s something about it that just draws the eye in. I found myself wrist-gazing quite a bit with this one, especially over the first two or three days.

Legibility is outstanding, with the hands standing out against the dial and the combination of numerals and chapter ring allowing for precise reading. Though there is no lume on the dial, I found I could still read the watch in all but the darkest settings, since in most cases the Cheap Replica Watches white lacquer dial could be angled to reflect enough available light to give me a good sense of the time anyway.

Hands-On With The IWC Replica Portugieser Annual Calendar

IWC celebrates the Portugieser watch. A name that wasn’t used before 1993 though, when IWC Replica resurrected the Portugieser collection. You have to know, that back in the day, a lot of brands only used a reference number to indicate a particular watch. Using collection and model names is something that wasn’t very common in the first half of the 20th century. The IWC Portugieser goes back to 1940, when two importers from Lisbon, Portugal, requested a large pocket watch sized wristwatch for their clients.

IWC created such a watch, with a very unusual 41,5mm diameter for that time, when the average mens watch had a diameter between 30 and 35 mmm. The reason for the Portuguese business men to request a wristwatch with a large diameter was that pocket watches had a better accuracy due to the larger movement, and thus larger balance. IWC Replica Watches used their hunter style pocket watches caliber 74 and 98 for this new project to ensure accuracy for the wristwatch. The first “Portugieser” watch was actually referred to as ‘325’ and was in production from 1939 till 1981 in different sub versions.

The dial of the reference 3035 that I have here has a nice dark blue tone and a “sonnenschliff” finish. The two sub dials look familiar and have the same functionality as the ones on the Portugieser Automatic 7-Days ref. 5007. The main difference on first sight between the classic 5007 and this 5035 are the three apertures on the upper half of the dial. Of course, the date aperture on the 5007 was located at 6 o’clock and that became obsolete with the three annual calendar apertures on the 5035. The IWC logo moved from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock instead. The beautiful applied Roman numerals stayed, as well as the very sleek leaf shaped hands. The art of finish and aesthetics is something IWC Replica masters, especially with the Portugieser collection there seems to be so much focus on these aspects.

As expected, the 5035 has a lot of wrist presence. The 44.2mm diameter case in shiny polished stainless steel is unmistakably IWC and immediately draws the attention of other watch fans. It is surely a talking piece among enthusiasts. The alligator leather strap is of topnotch quality and the folding clasp makes it easy to adjust it for the correct wrist size. Officially, I’d say the Portugieser is a dress watch, including the chronograph Replica Watches. However, since I left the banking industry a couple of years ago – and especially during summer – the days I am in business attire are very scarce. Shirt and jeans and during summer days, a polo and jeans. The IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar 5035 will do fine with that as well. For sports or more active events I won’t suggest to wear a piece like this, but mainly because of the leather strap. The watch is probably up to it, but it would hurt too much to see the beautifully finished case getting scratched.

The setting of the calendar is being done with the crown. In its first position, you can correct the calendar. However, you can also advance the date with the time setting in position 2 of course. Setting the correct date on the IWC Portugieser Replica Watch Annual Calendar is very easy, but always needs to be done with care. Once you advance a day too far, you can’t turn it back. You can only advance. It is not a Perpetual Calendar, so if a mistake is made in terms of multiple days or even months, you can just start over again. With a Perpetual Calendar, that is more problematic as it is programmed till a certain year.