IWC Portuguese Red Gold Chronograph and IWC Portuguese Automatic

Schaufhausen-based IWC is introducing 2 new variations in its famous Portuguese collection.  Although I like the color tones of the IWC Red Gold Chronograph, I prefer the horizontally aligned subdials of the IWC Portuguese Automatic.  Truth be told, though, I could see myself wearing either one of these watches on a daily basis.

IWC Portuguese Red Gold Chronograph

According to IWC, “The Portuguese seafarers were not only interested in navigation. For them, precision timing was also a priority, which is why it was essential that the Portuguese line also had room for chronographs. The superb appearance of the Portuguese Chronograph is as much a source of fascination to watch lovers as the 79350 calibre with its rate of 28,800 beats per hour. This guarantees the legendary precision you would expect of a watch with a provenance in marine travel. Needless to say, the Portuguese Chronograph comes with the features typical of a Portuguese watch: embossed Arabic numerals, tapering swallow-style hands and recessed subdials for the minutes and seconds counters.”

By my count this watch makes the seventh variation in the IWC Portuguese Chrongraph collection, and it can be yours for about $18,000.

40.9mm red gold case, black dial, IWC Caliber 79350 with 44h power reserve, on black crocodile strap

iwc portuguese red gold


IWC Portuguese Automatic

Turning now to the Portuguese Automatic – this watch has a highly polished steel case with a silver dial and gold hand markers.  Like other variations in this collection, its has a 42mm case, classical small seconds hand and seven-day power reserve display.

This movement in this watch is IWC’s largest automatic movement on the market, the IWC Caliber 51011 calibre, with IWC’s exclusive Pellaton winding system, and 7 day power reserve.  Price is about $13,500.  By my count this is the fifth variation of the Portuguese Automatic.



While still a work in progress, you can look at the other color variations of these great IWC Portuguese watches and see which one you like best in the new Watch Library.  Here’s the link to the IWC Portuguese page.

  • Frayed Knot

    I have to say that the cut-off “12” and “6” on the chronograph is off-putting and makes the watch look cheap. IWC has chosen a beautiful numeral font – it’s a shame they debase it with the chronograph dials. I think the automatic has a more well thought-out lay out.

    • Kyle S.

      Hi – Frayed Knot
      I agree with you 100% on the cut-off numerals. Definitely like the horizontal layout better (the Automatic) as it does not have this “problem”.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

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  • Royal Orbissone

    I personally find those watches from IWC extremely boring.
    Been there, done that. There´s not one single thing here that
    makes them stick out in any way, form or fashion.
    This is something for grand pa´ and this represent the opposite
    of innovation and 2010. I agree – the watch looks like a cheap chinese
    something,something. Dissapointing. Thanks. RO