IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition ‘150 Years’ Watch Hands-On

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition ‘150 Years’ Watch Hands-On

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition ‘150 Years’ wrist shot

At SIHH 2018 IWC delivered five distinctive watch assortments in festival of the Schaffhausen-based company’s 150th commemoration. Every one of these assortments is a restricted edition and assigned by the Edition “150 Years” moniker. While the vast majority of the Edition 150 Years IWC watches are firmly super-top of the line, for example, watches with a tourbillon, a couple of pieces, for example, this emphasis of the Portugieser Chronograph are for “everyday extravagance watch lovers.” I likewise end up reasoning that these are especially attractive IWC Portugieser watches with a pleasant combination of specialized competency, wearing comfort, worth, and plan. This is our active gander at the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition ‘150 Years’ watches.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

In my assessment just one of these two new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” watches is truly worth discussing as a compelling buy alternative. Each is restricted to 2,000 pieces, yet it is the white-dialed reference IW371602 variation that energizes me. The other form is the IWC Portugieser Chronograph reference IW371601 with a lacquered blue dial. Stylishly this variant of the Portugieser is pretty, however it is defaced by inadequate hands. Notice how on the blue dial the excellent white hour markers are not difficult to peruse on account of the high differentiation? IWC didn’t follow after accordingly with the hands, which are needle-dainty (per Portugieser-style plan) and cleaned. This implies they obscure in with the dial and cause decipherability issues which don’t compliment the maximum capacity of the immortal Portugieser dial plan. On the off chance that solitary IWC had painted the hands dressed in white to coordinate the hour markers… maybe for a future variation of the Portugieser Chronograph? We can trust right?


Having said all that, the white finish dialed IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition 150 Years watch is so decent we at aBlogtoWatch put it in our rundown of the main 10 watches of SIHH 2018 (here) . In the past watches, for example, this had sourced developments however today the magnificently proportioned 41mm wide form of the Portugieser can be had with an in-house IWC type 69355 programmed chronograph development (more on that beneath). The IW371602 highlights a cleaned steel case and marginally reflexive dark crocodile tie which glances only fabulous in a very good quality, immortal, and traditionalist style. I’ve since quite a while ago said that the Portugieser Chronograph is a staple “timeless, non-offensive” extravagance dress watch for individuals trying to greatest popular flexibility and worth. To put it plainly, a watch like this will basically never feel strange in a balanced watch collection.

No, I’ve never been angry with the ETA-based renditions of the IWC Portugieser, yet at these costs having an in-house development essentially feels significantly more proper. There is additionally the appealing visual experience of turning the IWC Portugieser Chronograph case over and taking a gander at the development which fills the vast majority of the caseback. The type 69355 programmed development is delivered from 194 sections with a bidirectional programmed winding framework and an alluring degree of wrapping up. The chronograph is restricted to 30 minutes, making for the spotless, vertical plan of the sub-dials on the essence of the watch. IWC further planned the chronograph with a section wheel transmission framework and the watch works at 4Hz (28,800bph) with 46 hours of force reserve.

Let me be evident that the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition 150 Years watches mark the first occasion when that a 69000 type family (here the 69355) development is in this size Portugieser case. In the past Portugieser Chronographs with in-house developments had bigger and beefier cases, which made the Portugieser somewhat more energetic than many individuals needed it to be. This probably implies that future (non-restricted edition) Portugieser Chronograph models will be furnished with the 69355 movement –however until further notice devotees of these watches are restricted to these two restricted edition models for 2018.


As I said over, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph case here is 41mm wide and simply 13.1mm thick. The notable Portugieser-style case looks as great as could be expected, and the case is water-impervious to 30m. As I would like to think the dial configuration is actually the thing somebody ought to be searching for in a Portugieser watch. The obvious white dial with dark hour markers brings out the boat deck-style clock that the Portugieser configuration was initially roused by. The hands are blued-steel and offer brilliant difference and a trace of shading, which compliments practically any watch dial rather nicely.

IWC has definitely no lack of Portugieser Chronograph models to look over in the event that you are on the lookout for one. The model that you as a customer will eventually pick is a combination of value, accessibility, and style. With watches like this I generally recommend going with a lighter-hued dial as it will highlight the center Portugieser plan best. I will likewise remind IWC that I miss it when these watches were simply called the Portuguese and not Portugieser. IWC made that classification change a short time ago  I’m still not certain why. Regardless, buyers new to the assortment ought to know that with numerous retailers and watch devotees, with regards to IWC, “Portuguese” and “Portugieser” are terms that can pretty much be utilized interchangeably.

Collectors looking for curiosity esteem and the appeal of a more selective item as a restricted edition ought to be charmed by these new for 2018 restricted edition IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition 150 watches. Once more, the two models are the reference IW371601 in blue (which I am less hot on), and the reference IW371602 that I truly love. Each is restricted to 2,000 pieces and has a retail cost of $7,150 USD. iwc.com