Launched in 2020 as a more wearable version of IWC’s signature large-format dress watch, the IWC Portugieser Automatic 40 Replica is a no-frills three-hander executed in a solid, workmanlike manner that is typical of the brand.Though novel for the current Portugieser line – it’s the smallest model in the lineup – the new automatic isn’t a wholly new idea.
The large size of the various Portugieser models result from the movements, which either have a seven-day power reserve or chronograph, plus a few others that are even more complicated.
The Best IWC Replica Watches Review is a wearable watch with a distinctive but classical aesthetic. Unlike its larger and more complicated counterparts in the Portugieser line, the 40 mm automatic is simple but still has the same recognisable aesthetic as well as a solidly engineered movement.
It’s moderately sized, though a little thick due to the movement inside. The movement is a good one, which makes the case height acceptable, though a slimmer case would certainly be more appealing and also echo the vintage original more closely.
At 40 mm, the Most Successful Portugieser Automatic 40 Replica is a good size, but it is thick at just over 12 mm high, which is unusually tall for a time-only watch. In fact, it’s thicker than several high-end chronographs like the Patek Philippe ref. 5170. And the Lange 1815 Rattrapante is only 0.2 mm taller.
As a result it has stout dimensions, making it more of an everyday watch that leans towards being a dress watch. The case height is a necessity due to the robustly-built movement inside so it is justified.
The Luxury IWC Replica Watch doesn’t feel too big on the wrist, but the case height is obvious. While the Portugieser Automatic 40 looks like a Portugieser and has all the trademark design elements, it lacks the slim proportions of the vintage original, which is a bit of a shame.
The case quality is typical IWC – it feels solid and the surfaces are all sharply finished. Although simple in form and finish, it is solidly and neatly executed. One upside of the case thickness is the screw-down back, which is a nice touch though it doesn’t make it better or worse than a watch with a press-on back.
Because this has the classic High Quality IWC Portugieser Replica aesthetic, it is a handsome watch. None of the design elements are unique individually, but together they form a look that is instantly recognisable as a Portugieser.
Because the dial is smaller than other Portugieser models, the applied markers for both hours and minutes make it look slightly busier, compared to the Portugieser 7 Days for example.The dial is available in a variety of colours, including the newest variants in green or blue, but all versions share the same details.
Notably, the applied numerals in blue are PVD coated rather than heat treated, as the flanks of the numerals are not blued. The Copy IWC Watches gold applied numerals, on the other hand, has numerals that are entirely plated.