Not sure what to get your significant other, or yourself, for Valentine’s Day? You can never go wrong with a classic.

Introduced in 1939, the Portugieser is one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most famous models. 

It all began when two Portuguese businessmen ordered wristwatches with the precision of marine chronometers. Not only was the Portugieser revolutionary in its construction, the large design paved the way for the size of today’s wristwatches.

With its compact diameter of 41 millimetres, it fits almost any wrist. However, the thin bezel gives one the impression of wearing a significantly larger watch. The clear, functional dial boasts applied Arabic numerals and slender Feuille hands. Printed with a quarter-second scale, the characteristic réhaut not only allows precise reading of the stop time but also reminds us of the Portugieser’s origins as a nautical precision instrument for the wrist. 

This model features an 18 carat 5N gold case, a silver-plated dial, as well as golden hands and appliqués; it is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap. Inside the sporty-elegant chronograph, the IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre is at work. The robust and precise chronograph movement in classic column-wheel design is visible through a sapphire-glass case back.

Movements from the 69000-calibre family are used in all IWC watches that require a precise, robust and high-performance chronograph movement. The chronograph is a classic column-wheel design and takes the energy it needs from a bidirectional pawl-winding system similar to the Pellaton mechanism. The dial contains three subdials: one for the hour counter at “9 o’clock”, one for the minute counter at “12 o’clock” and one for the small seconds at “6 o’clock”. Movements in this calibre family have a frequency of 4 hertz (28,800 beats per hour) and a power reserve of 46 hours.

If you’re thinking of this Portugieser for your special valentine…your choice is golden.



  • 18 ct 5N gold case
  • Diameter 41.0 mm
  • Height 13.0 mm
  • See-through sapphire glass back
  • Water resistance 3 bar


  • 69355 Calibre
  • IWC-manufactured movement
  • Automatic, self-winding
  • 46 hours Power Reserve
  • Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz)
  • 194 Components
  • 27 Jewels
  • Côtes de Genève, perlage


  • Chronograph function with minutes and seconds
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Small hacking seconds


  • Silver-plated dial 


  • Dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni
  • Strap width 20 mm


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