Been a long time since Ive posted, as Im primarily just a reader until I get into watch buying mode every couple years. I wanted to share with everyone a short review and a few photos of my most recent purchase, an IWC 7-Day Portuguese, in an effort to give back to this great community since I benefited greatly from the reviews and commentary on this watch available on these forums before purchasing.
By way of background, this is my first IWC, and I traded in my Omega Planet Ocean and Breitling Navitimer plus some cash in order to get my hands on this one. I couldnt be happier with this trade, as I found myself hardly ever wearing either of those two ever since I bought my Rolex Deepsea 3 years ago. I found that I preferred wearing the Rolex in business and formal settings as well as casual settings. Its such an amazingly versatile style, that it somewhat rendered my Omega and Breitlings obsolete as far as wrist time is concerned.
Here are just a few things I would note about the IWC:
Case and Dial Design: It is just such an absolutely classic, elegant and timeless design that I dont see myself parting with this one in the future. What I love about it is that the design is somewhat simple and understated, but coupled with fairly modern proportions (42mm and a nice thickness of 15mm.. I think). Its worth mentioning that the 42mm diameter belies how large this watch wears it actually looks about as big as my Deepsea on the wrist due to the thin bezel. Perfect size for my tastes, but worth noting. Ive seen others complain that the watch is too thick, but thats personally one of the main selling points for me as I prefer a more substantial watch. I also began having the left cuff on my shirts an extra 3/4 wider to accommodate my watches a few years ago (something Id highly recommend for those who own thick watches), so it fits perfectly with what I wear to work every day. Finally, the last thing Ill note about the design is that the legibility is just incredible. I can read the time so quickly, that it takes no more than a faint glance. Also, with the silver/white dial, its even legible at night sans lume in all but pitch black conditions.
Comfort: Extremely comfortable to wear and has a decent heft to it (it feels paper-light after taking off my Deepsea, which Im sure will change as my senses adjust). It seems to have the right amount of weight to remind you its there, which I like in a watch.
Movement: I love that it has IWCs in-house 5000 movement. The 7-day power reserve is just amazing, and is something I expect to use every week since I will likely wear the Rolex on weekends from now on, so it will be nice to not have to set the time on Monday mornings when I put the IWC back on. I also really like the power reserve indicator. Its a shame more watches dont have this, as I feel more connected with the watch when I can see the power reserve increase throughout the day or as Im winding it. Any review of this movement would be remiss without mention of its beauty as showcased in the Portuguese. Ill let the pictures speak to that (crappy iPhone photos notwithstanding).
Accuracy: Over the past week, the watch has been keeping time at about +8s per day, but honestly it doesnt bother me for a couple reasons. First, I have a tendency to be late, so at least its on the fast side. Second, the fact that the 7-day saves me from re-setting it every week might actually keep it more accurate on those days when I hastily set my watch, but if it doesnt, I can always use the time I saved from not having to re-set it completely to true it up. Perhaps Ill have it regulated to within COSC specs before my IWC warranty runs out, but for now Im perfectly happy with its timekeeping and I refuse to give it up for any extended period of time.
Overall: Im in love with this watch and highly recommend it to anyone considering it. My biggest complaint is that I frequently find myself staring at the dial and even taking the watch off to gaze at the stunning 7-day movement through its massive sapphire case-back. Perhaps some of that will wear off after the honeymoon period is over.
Finally, I would also just like to put in an honest plug for David SW. This is the second watch Ive bought from him (the first being my Deepsea), and his service is amazing, prices competitive, and communication very professional. I cant recommend him enough. He also offered me what I would consider fair prices for the two watches I traded in, so the transaction couldnt have been any smoother. Not only that, but I knew I wanted to put a brown strap on my watch, and David arranged to have an OEM brown IWC strap installed at the dealer before it shipped, so I didnt have to worry about doing that as soon as I got it. Exemplary customer service.
EDIT - took a photo side by side with my DSSD. If you ask me, they look about the same size. btw, what do you guys think of the rubber strap on it?