IWC Facelifts the Portugieser Chronograph Classic, Making it, Well, More Classic

Cleaner and sleeker but still recognisably Portugieser.

First introduced in 2013, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic has been redesigned. Inessential elements have been pruned, while all the signature elements like the large Arabic numerals and pump-style chronograph pushers remain.

The new Portugieser Chronograph Classic ref. 3903 has a cleaner dial, featuring just a railroad minute track, without the 1/5-second hashmarks of its predecessor. Also gone are the red accents for the chronograph registers, while the leaf-shaped hands are now slimmer.

The tweaks bring the look of the watch closer to the rest of the Portugieser range, whereas before the facelift it resembled the sport Yacht Club Chronograph.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 3

The rest of the watch remains the same, with a 42mm case that’s 14mm high and contains the calibre 89361. That’s the top of the line IWC movement that’s also found in the Da Vinci Chronograph. It has a flyback function, 68-hour power reserve as well as the hour and minute registers co-axial in a single sub-dial at 12 o’clock.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic red gold 1

Price and availability 

The new Portugieser chronograph is available at IWC boutiques and retailers, priced in US and Singapore dollars as follows:

Portugieser Chronograph Classic 18k red gold (ref. IW390301) – US$20,100 or S$30,500

Portugieser Chronograph Classic stainless steel silver dial (ref. IW390302) – US$12,100 or S$18,000

Portugieser Chronograph Classic stainless steel blue dial (ref. IW390303) – US$12,100 or S$18,000

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 4


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