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.