Portuguese Chronographe Classique

Top 10 IWC Schaffhausen – Portuguese Chronograph Classic Replica Watches Essentials

Posted by

The Reference 3904 – the third Chronograph in the Portuguese family – was presented for the first time in 2013, yet it still retains the unmistakable character of the originals from the 1930s. IWC is now reissuing the Portuguese Chronograph Classic (Ref. 3903) with a slightly revised and updated design. The dial with the typical Portuguese railway-track- style chapter ring looks even neater than its predecessor without the subdivision of the seconds, while the watch as a whole has a more modern impact thanks to the convex sapphire glass.

The top-of-the-line version has an 18-carat red gold case and a silver-plated dial, as well as golden hands and appliqués. It is fitted with a hand-finished brown alligator leather strap (Ref. IW390301). Two models are available with a stainless-steel case and a black alligator leather strap. One features a silver-plated dial and blue hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390302), while the other has a midnight blue dial and rhodium-plated hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390303).

Portuguese Chronographe Classique

Portuguese Chronograph Classic ref. W390301

I mentioned that this edition had a surprisingly mild premium within the non-limited version. Special edition watches often cost significantly more than their standard siblings, many times with no other reason than that it’s labeled a special variant and maybe has a different dial color – and for some assumed “exclusivity.” This can be quite frustrating for watch collectors. This makes it more attractive for the collector who appreciates the Ingenieur lineup but needs something different and less common than the regular offerings – and at a year where we’ve seen “limited edition” runs of 2,012 or 6,000 pieces, 250 pieces makes it feel much more “uncommon” indeed. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary Of Mercedes-AMG” can be obtained on a black calfskin strap, at retailers and online for $11,800. Picture this: in 2016, you felt inclined to purchase one of those strictly limited-edition-only IWC Ingenieur watches, thinking it is a one-time opportunity to find a new-old take about the Ingenieur… Well, worry not if you haven’t, since IWC today is starting essentially the same watch with a couple fundamental cosmetic tweaks along with three completely new versions – a time-only, two chronograph versions, plus a chronograph perpetual calendar – in what’s now a brand new IWC Ingenieur collection.As a newcomer as well as the entry-level version, we’ve got the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40 as seen above, with references IW357001, IW357002, and IW357003 starting at only under $5,000 and going up from there as you upgrade for a steel necklace or a good 18k red gold case. Inspired by the IWC Ingenieur reference 666, the very initial Ingenieur that dates back to 1955, the silver dial version on black leather seems closest to its predecessor.

When it comes to the technical components inside these watches, IWC relies on the aspect of continuity: the new Chronographs are still driven by the tried-and-tested IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre with flyback function, self-winding system and a power reserve of 68 hours. The recorded time is particularly easy to read on the combined hour and minute counter at “12 o’clock”. A see-through sapphire-glass back provides a view of the movement and the rotor, which is adorned with Geneva stripes. 

The new Portuguese Chronograph Classic models are available now in IWC boutiques and from authorised IWC dealers.