At one point, the International Watch Company was well known for their pilot and diving watches, but one thing had been kind of left out – the nautical aspect. That’s where the Portuguese collection came, filling in the gap in an awesome way. As the company evolved towards the idea of luxury, so did their timepieces and the people wearing them became more and more reluctant to exposing their wristwatch to even the smallest splash of water or the possibility of it getting all scratched up.
This IWC replica (the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph) is a sportier version of the IWC Portuguese replica, which is ultimately a very elegant timepiece.
The Yacht Club may not be the most elegant watch out there, but it surely looks nice and crisp, with a very casual, sporty feel to it. I went for the all black model, I think this adds a bit of mystery to it.
The black dial is nicely cloned, along with all its elements and I love the red hand and markings which give off a really cool contrast to the whole look.
Really nice polished stainless steel case, pushers and crown and a comfortable black rubber strap add to the whole nautical idea. I’m not the biggest fan of rubber bracelets, but I have to admit that they’re possibly the most comfortable out there.
Proportions are good, weight as well, so I’d definitely call this one of the A1 replicas in my collections. One thing though, the original model comes with a sapphire crystal see-through back case, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Alright, why does this IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograp Replica has a solid back case, as opposed to the original model, which has a see-thru sapphire crystal one? Simple. It’s powered by a Japanese quartz movement, which keeps perfect time, as you’d expect from one of these babies. This doesn’t bother me at all, considering that I probably won’t wear it every day, so I needn’t worry about the power reserve going bust and having to set the time again. Not that it’s hard, but still, I would prefer not to. Plus, some automatic movements don’t have a working chronograph function.
However, this means that you won’t have that sweeping motion in the seconds hand. The red chronograph hand does have an almost sweeping motion, but being a little careful wouldn’t hurt. As long as you don’t strut around showing off your fake IWC, you’ll be alright.