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IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” Watch Hands-On

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For SIHH 2015, IWC has drawn upon its rich history to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser with a new limited edition model – the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition 75th Anniversary. This stunningly beautiful and vintage-inspired Portugieser offers not only IWC’s requisite 8-day power reserve but also your choice of rose gold or steel.

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

That’s right, you’re looking at a classic and well-balanced dressy IWC with an in-house hand-wound movement that is available in steel. With more and more brands offering their most interesting movements and designs exclusively in precious metals, you have to love that IWC has honored the legacy of the Portugieser with a more everyday version.

With styling inspired by a rare version of the 1930s reference 325 Portugieser, this new edition is 43 mm wide and 12 mm thick, making it on the larger size, given its rather dressy and reserved vibe. The steel version (ref IW510205) sports a black dial with pale green accents on the arabic numerals and the surrounding minute scale and it manages to be distinctive but not at all flashy.

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The rose gold (ref IW510206) opts for an off-white dial with metallic brown accents and a matching rose gold feuille hand set. On both versions, note the use of a long minute hand that reaches all the way to the outer minute track, a small detail, but one that makes all the difference. Both versions of the IWC Portugieser 75th Anniversary come fitted to matching alligator leather straps from Santoni.

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On The Portugieser 75th Anniversary uses IWC’s in-house 59215 hand-wound movement. Running at 4Hz, with a breguet spring and a Glucydur beryllium alloy indexless balance, the 59215 offers sub seconds with date and a power reserve indicator on the movement side, which can be seen through the sapphire display case back.

While the 59215 offers as much as nine days of power reserve, IWC has fitted a system to limit the output to eight days and ensure the accuracy of the movement doesn’t suffer the dwindling torque curve of a tired mainspring.

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IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On  There is so much to like about this thoughtful design from IWC, from the date display tucked away at six within the sub seconds dial, to the well proportioned handset and the decision to hide the power reserve on the movement side to protect the symmetry of the dial. With sapphire crystals front and back, along with a beautifully finished movement, the IWC Portugieser 75th Anniversary doesn’t have a bad angle.

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Announced just this week at SIHH 2015, the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition 75th Anniversary is limited to 175 units in rose gold and 750 units in steel, with prices of 24,100 CHF and 11,500 CHF, respectively. While the 43 mm sizing is a bit on the large size, I would assume that it aligns nicely with IWC’s market. Regardless of the size, the IWC Portugieser 75th Anniversary is a beautiful and charming nod to the history of one of IWC’s most notable watch lines. iwc.com

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  • Waikato7

    Absolutely gorgeous. Perfect.

  • Africa_Tobi

    aBlogtoWatch great photos!

  • thornwood36

    I cant imagine a more beautiful timepiece, beautifully balanced, Some folks have all the luck being able to strap this ” monday ” timepiece to their wrists.. I could stare at it all day long.

  • nickyb66

    Lovely watch.

  • Feller87

    I usually find their limited edition watches boring but this one is superb

    My only quibble is that I would love to see more of the movement

    They should make this one a mainstream model

  • AK74

    11,500 CHF, with a new exchange rate… Oh.

  • gsovak

    aBlogtoWatch IWC interesting but not my cup of tea.

  • mattyt1991

    Looks incredible. Price at the current rate of CHF:GPP makes it daft though

  • AlistairRussell

    Nice looking IWC (for a change), but oh for 2mm less of it… as said also the new CHF rate is going to be an issue as well.

  • Spaceguitar

    What do you call an old guy from Lisbon who sits on his porch and yells at the neighbor kids for being on his lawn?
    (this is a gorgeous watch btw)

  • One of IWC’s best offerings of late….EXCEPT…I am conflicted about the date window. 
    While not a home run, I’d say they hit a triple on this.
    Hope this styling finds its way into the regular Portuguese lineup.

  • Spaceguitar A Portugeeeeeezer?

  • franken21

    43 mm. What a joke!

  • DG Cayse

    Beautiful, classic, elegant. A stunning presentation of the watchmakers art.
    As you well say Mr. Stacy, beautiful from any angle!

  • Time2Go

    These look nice, but honestly I’m not getting what all the fuss is about. While I don’t find anything to dislike, I also don’t find anything terribly interesting here.

  • marbstiu

    ” What a mess! I hate it!”   -John Mayer

  • The steel case back screws on the rose gold reference seem odd to me. I know gold is soft, but I was under the impressions that screws should be softer than what they screw into (to prevent case stripping). Plus they look odd visually. Otherwise a nice looking watch but I think it will take time for the thick colored circle by the minute track to grow on me. I don’t mind the 43 mm case so much as I think that 12 mm thick for a hand wind watch that is advertised as a dress watch is a tad thick. Portuguese – good name, Portugieser – bad name.

  • somethingnottaken

    MarkCarson I guess it’s a watch for (rich) geezers?

  • 5803822

    Gold for the old  well named  “portly geezer” — agree with Mr C,  the steel screws look like an afterthought – anodised screws of an appropriate colour would have been an improvement.  The steel version looks a sturdy buy but Swiss francs are worth a good bit more than the US$ these days and eleven thousand of them for a hand wound but still obese offering seems over the top.
    PS  ——Can we please have the review date’s Swiss franc value restated in US Dollars included in future reviws ??

  • Twinbarrel

    Two thumbs up!

  • WimadS

    I’m not really a fan of most IWC watches. They have some ok designs, but I generally always find there is something missing, 
    One thing they do get right though is the case backs! Every watch brand should make their movements as big as their cases and then put a crystal as wide as the movement on the back. Away with those tiny winy peepshow windows…

  • spiceballs

    IIs OK except the size (does it really need to be 43mm?) and the dial finish looks a little downmarket – sorta like a Walmart offering?

  • marbstiu

    MarkCarson Nobody likes the subdial-within-a-subdial  date window either.

  • marbstiu MarkCarson Is that the Russian Dolls of watch faces?

  • Like everything about it except the dial. My 50$ inkjet can print a better dial.

    Also, am I alone in thinking that flat/printed dials look cheap compared to textured dials with applied markings?

    Good things they didn’t print the hands as well.

  • Panagiotis To paraphrase a bit, “Even a watch with printed hands has the correct time twice a day”.

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