A Classic Swiss Chronograph Watch Just Got a Major Upgrade

In a bid to outfit their catalog’s watches with in-house movements, IWC has upgraded their famed Portugieser Chronographs with the cal.

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The IWC Portugieser may not be a household name like the Rolex Daytona, but it’s a watch with an interesting backstory nonetheless: designed at the behest of two Portuguese merchants in the 1930s and originally housed in an oversized case with a pocket watch movement, the Portugieser has since become a staple in the International Watch’s Company’s product offerings.

Over the last few years, IWC has notably been upgrading watches that use third party movements with in-house movements, adding value for what, in most cases, isn’t much of a hike in MSRP. The latest line to receive in-house calibers in the Portugieser in the form of the Portugieser Chronograph, a 41mm, dual-register chronograph available in several dial colors and case metals beginning at $7,950.

The chronos will now feature the cal. 69000 movement with 46 hours of power reserve, viewable through a new transparent case back. While most people probably won’t care too much whether their watch is powered by a third-party movement or an in-house caliber, the watch nerds out there will no doubt appreciate the incredible craftsmanship, attention to detail and precision required of IWC to craft these movements in their own facilities.

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