Aesthetically this version of the Cheap IWC Portugieser Replica is very pretty, but it is marred by ineffective hands. Notice how on the blue dial the beautiful white hour markers are easy to read because of the high contrast? IWC didn’t follow suit with the hands, which are needle-thin and polished. This means they blur in with the dial and cause legibility issues which do not flatter the full potential of the timeless Portugieser dial design. If only Cheap IWC Replica had painted the hands in white to match the hour markers… perhaps for a future variant of the Portugieser Chronograph? We can hope right?
The IW371602 features a polished steel case and slightly glossy black alligator strap which looks just fantastic in a high-end, timeless, and conservative style. I’ve long said that the Portugieser Chronograph is a staple “timeless, non-offensive” luxury dress IWC Replica Watches for people seeking to maximum fashionable versatility and value. In short, a watch like this will simply never feel out of place in a well-rounded timepiece collection.
The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Replica case here is 41mm wide and just 13.1mm thick. The iconic Portugieser-style case looks as good as ever, and the case is water-resistant to 30m. In my opinion the dial design is exactly what someone should be looking for in a Portugieser timepiece. The stark white dial with black hour markers evokes the ship deck-style clock that the Portugieser design was originally inspired by. The hands are blued-steel and offer sublime contrast and a hint of color, which flatters pretty much any watch dial rather nicely.
Charming Fake IWC has absolutely no shortage of Portugieser Chronograph models to choose from if you are in the market for one. The model that you as a consumer will ultimately choose is a mixture of price, availability, and style. With watches like this I always recommend going with a lighter-colored dial as it will feature the core Portugieser design best. I will also remind IWC that I miss it when these watches were just called the Portuguese and not Portugieser. IWC made that nomenclature change a little while ago – and I’m still not sure why.