Going back a little bit, IWC renamed the then-Portuguese line as the Portugieser in 2015 and updated the outgoing model with this, the watch’s actual origin dates back to the late 1930s when two professionals known as Rodrigues and Teixeira approached IWC seeking a sizable stainless steel timepiece with a movement that could compete accuracy-wise with a marine chronometer. The IWC Portuguese Replica is a prosperous line, as the Portugieser itself is over 75 years old, and the adoration and loyalty to the automatic version quite possibly triumph’s its well-respected chronograph counterpart.
Updated on the IWC Portuguese Automatic IW5007 Replica Swiss Made31-jeweled and decorated movement is the self-winding mechanism: it is a pretty much wear-free system thanks to its use of ceramic parts. There are many exciting changes in comparison to the last 5001 iteration, and most of these changes really happen with the more open architecture, skeletonized rotor, how the watch winds, the layout of the bridges – and now you can both see and really feel how smooth the Pellaton automatic winding system is.
The bidirectional winding has improved over the 5001 with the addition of two black ceramic pawls. Think of them like two ceramic black wings as one will start to release while the other basically pulls, operating with no need for lubrication. This negates concern for wear or any unforeseen weaknesses because, as prone to cracking upon impact ceramic may be, it is unlikely anything will hit these parts that are safely tucked away under the massive sapphire case-back.
As subjective as watch design is, I feel safe in saying that when one gazes upon the AAA IWC Replica Watches dial, there’s just something appropriately satisfying to the eye. It could be thanks to the polished, blued, hand-applied Arabic numerals and index markers that gently float atop a beautiful silvery white dial, or perhaps the slender and timeless feuille hands that provide excellent legibility – though not so much on the black-dial version. Color-matched silver sub-dials peer back at you with their concentric circular texture pattern, with small seconds on the left and the power reserve indicator on the right. The latter offers that lovely red touch, bringing a dash of warmth into the cold white-blue picture.
Speaking of casual, that was my initial goal, so I took the wonderfully done 22mm black alligator leather strap and swapped it for a dark navy steerhide leather with off-white full stitch from Europelli straps. I’m a big guy with 8 1/2″ wrists, so before I purchased the Best IWC Replica Watches I was concerned that 42.3mm would be too small, as my “sweet spot” in any timepiece genre lies between 44-45mm. Well, while it might seem large for small-wristed collectors, it was a solid fit for my larger wrist.
The Fake IWC Portuguese Automatic IW5007 Watches also has a convex, dual-antireflective-coated sapphire crystal, as well as a sapphire crystal on the case-back. The decoration of the lugs, bezel, and case-back consist of polished surfaces with the sides of the case done in a finely satin-finished look. Curved lugs and curved spring bars really make it a more streamlined look as the strap meets the case much more effectively, making for a more integrated look when compared to the 5001.