The IWC Portuguese can be dated back to 1939. The Story goes that two Portuguese businessmen came to IWC looking for a particular type of watch. They were after a watch that could match the precision of a marine chronometer. IWC took the challenge and started planning how they were going to achieve this. They concluded that they would use a pocket watch movement housed in a 43mm case.
The history of the IWC Portuguese is somewhat unclear. All we know is that between the 1930’s and 1940’s, only 80 Portuguese with calibre 72 where made.
The watch I have in my hand now is the IWC Portuguese Chronograph reference IW371447.
The 3714 Portuguese Chrono has all of the impressive features you would typically find from IWC. The movement is the calibre 79350 which features a 44-hour power reserve when off the wrist and a water resistant to 3 ATM. This watch is intended for men who are seeing that clean, classic look that the watch offers. The dial has a beautiful cream face with matching sub dials at the 12 and 6 o’clock and small blue hour markers with second indices around the edge of the dial
The area of the watch I’m most drawn to is the striking blue hands. Very elegant in design, they almost look like they’ve been taken straight off a Patek. When you catch them in the light they change from a dark blue to a very vibrant light blue.
Overall this a fantastic watch from IWC and a great timepiece for daily ware.