Hands-On – The Redesigned Edition of the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

By rolex
April 6, 2021
4 min read

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic was presented in 2013 with little exhibit, long after the franticness of the SIHH had died down. The basic thought was a more specialized (new development) however profoundly dependable interpretation of a watch that has become a foundation in the assortment (the plan is intensely founded on the Portugieser’s DNA). For 2017, this now-classic model gets a tactful facelift, zeroed in on the basics. Here is the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903.

The Portugieser model was presented by International Watch Co. in the 1940’s, and was remarkable for its huge breadth, outstanding decipherability, applied Arabic numerals, rail route track-style section ring and trademark ‘feuille’ hands (or leaf delivers English). These key plan attributes are as yet noticeable in the current assortment and are one the primary reasons this watch is considered among the horological symbols. A Portugieser is a Portugieser and is conspicuous as such.

In expansion to the acclaimed Chronograph (outfitted with a 7750, which is as yet in the list), IWC presented a second chronograph form in 2013, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic IW3904 , with a more prominent spotlight on specialized content and a style that was really propelled by the 1940s. For 2017, without rolling out such a large number of improvements to the amazingly scrumptious formula, IWC facelifts the model, with an emphasis on fundamental features.

Compared to the Ref. IW3904 , the new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903 will not make a break in the heredity. Truth be told, just prepared eyes will recognize the distinctions, even with the two references close to one another. This facelift is unobtrusive, and truth be told, this is something that we’d prefer to see all the more regularly at IWC, which will in general make uncommon changes in its assortments. Here, the base remaining parts as before. The case keeps similar measurements (42mm breadth x 14mm thick) and the plan is to a great extent unaltered, which means bended drags, a fairly flimsy raised bezel that considers a huge dial opening and a similar mushroom pushers. As shown by its name, this watch radiates “Classic” and remains completely in accordance with the remainder of the Portugieser assortment (for example the Annual Calendar variant , with which it shares numerous visual elements).

In truth, the greater part of the work done by IWC on this IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903 comprised of eliminating the inessential components and realigning this model with the remainder of the assortment. Already, this Chronograph had rather enormous leaf hands, red accents on the chronograph registers and on the recycled tip, and a 1/fifth of a second ring on the outskirts of the dial. These highlights are currently gone, making this watch as perfect as could be expected. The 2017 Edition IWC3903 includes only a railroad minute track (no more seconds markings) with little applied square shapes, close to the mark applied Arabic numerals. Additionally, the leaf hands are currently somewhat slimmer and all the hands are uniform in material and shading (not any more red accents or blued seconds hand, as seen previously). In any case, the showcase stays as before, with a little second at 6, a date at 3 and the very-IWC sub-counter at 12, for the passed hours and minutes.

No changes to note inside the instance of this new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic, which is as yet controlled by the in-house type 89361. This programmed chronograph includes all the cutting edge treats, which means a section wheel, a vertical grip, a flyback work, an incorporated engineering, a 4Hz recurrence and a comfortable force hold of 68 hours. It is obvious through the caseback and comes with a pleasant (yet machine-executed) decoration.

Three different forms will be accessible (supplanting the four past adaptations, gold/silver dial – gold/record dark dial – steel/silver dial – steel/ slate dim dial, notwithstanding the blue Laureus restricted release ).

  • Ref. IW390301 – 18k red gold case and appliqués, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands, earthy colored gator cowhide lash – as shot here
  • Ref. IW390302 – Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, blue hands and appliqués, dark crocodile calfskin lash – not shot here
  • Ref. IW390303 – Stainless-steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, dark crocodile calfskin tie – as shot here, and near the Laureus Limited edition

The new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903 is currently accessible in IWC shops and approved retailers. Costs stay unaltered at EUR 11,900 in steel and EUR 22,800 in gold. More subtleties on iwc.com .


Technical Specifications – IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

  • Case: 42mm breadth x 14mm thickness – Steel or 18k red gold – cleaned – sapphire precious stone on the two countenances – 30m water resistant
  • Movement: Calibre 89361, in-house – programmed – 4Hz recurrence – 68h force save – hours, minutes, seconds, date, flyback chronograph
  • Strap: alligator cowhide strap
  • References: IW390301/ IW390302/ IW390303
  • Price: EUR 11,900 (steel) EUR 22,800 (Gold)
  • Availability: May 2017