IWC Launches New Portugieser Chronograph Classic With A Cleaner Dial Design


Appliquéd Arabic numerals, a railway-track-style chapter ring and characteristic feuille hands: the Portugieser Chronograph Classic has all the stylistic attributes of a typical Portugieser. IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled a revised edition of this timeless, featuring an even more purist dial design in three colour combinations. The new Portugieser Chronograph Classic (Ref. 3903) has a slightly revised and updated design. The dial with the typical Portugieser railway-trackstyle chapter ring looks even neater than its predecessor without the subdivision of the seconds, while the watch as a whole has a more modern impact thanks to the convex sapphire glass.

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The top-of-the-line version has an 18K red gold case and a silver-plated dial, as well as golden hands and appliqués. It is fitted with a hand-finished brown alligator leather strap (Ref. IW390301). Two models are available with a stainless-steel case and a black alligator leather strap. One features a silver-plated dial and blue hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390302), while the other has a midnight blue dial and rhodium-plated hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390303).

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When it comes to the technical components inside these watches, IWC relies on the aspect of continuity: the new Chronographs are still driven by the tried-and-tested IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre with flyback function, self-winding system and a power reserve of 68 hours. The recorded time is particularly easy to read on the combined hour and minute counter at “12 o’clock”. A see-through sapphire-glass back provides a view of the movement and the rotor, which is adorned with Geneva stripes.

For almost 80 years, the Portugieser has been one of IWC’s most iconic watches. The Reference 3904 – the third Chronograph in the Portugieser family – was presented for the first time in 2013, yet it still retains the unmistakable character of the originals from the 1930s.

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