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IWC seldom produced womens watches, but released many mens watches. Pilot's Watch, Portofino, Aquatimer and Portuguese are particularly the most famous among numerous series. Fortunately, the former three watches have lower price than the Portuguese.

Among the following watches, all of them adopted ETA movement except Portuguese, however, if you are a fan of IWC, having a dream watch at the lowest price may be your fortune. But if you want to wear a timepiece with IWC in-house movement, you can buy a Portuguese watch.

Pilot's Watch: IWC Pilot's Watch enjoys a title "An engineer in watch field" for its excellent and precise characteristics. It has been popular among countries since 1930, and it was classified as Mark 16, Big Pilot and Spitfire, etc., Mark XVI has the lowest price and is selling well.

The classical design of Mark XVI can particularly show the features of a pilot's watch, the dial diameter was amplified and imitated the simple design of cockpit instrument. It looks elegant and classical, and its excellent antimagnetic performance makes it more precise.

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Pilot's Watch Mark XVI IW325501

Reference: IW325501
Series: Pilot's Watch
Movement: Cal.30110, based on ETA 2892-A2, 25.6mm*3.6mm, 21 jewels, 28800BPH, 42 hours power reserve.
Case: Stainless steel, 39mm*11.5mm
Dial: Black
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Black alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
Water Resistance: 50m
Functions: Date, antimagnetic
Price: € 3,710

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Pilot's Watch Mark XVI IW325502

Reference: IW325502
Series: Pilot's Watch
Movement: Cal.30110, based on ETA 2892-A2, 25.6mm*3.6mm, 21 jewels, 28800BPH, 42 hours power reserve.
Case:  Stainless steel, 39mm*11mm
Dial: Silver
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Brown alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel deployant buckle
Water Resistance: 50m
Functions: Date, antimagnetic
Price: € 3,710

Portofino: Portofino insists the simple and elegant design, it plays an important role in IWC series. Portofino watch looks exquisite, low-key and classical. It is that low-key style surpassed those transitory popular fashion watches.

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Portofino IW356303

Reference: IW356303
Series: Portofino
Movement: Cal.30110, based on ETA 2892-A2, 25.6mm*3.6mm, 21 jewels, 28800BPH, 42 hours power reserve.
Case:  Stainless steel, 39mm*8.6mm
Dial: Silver white
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Brown alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
Water Resistance: 30m
Functions: Date
Price: $4,000

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Portofino IW356305

Reference: IW356305
Series: Portofino
Movement: Cal.30110, based on ETA 2892-A2, 25.6mm*3.6mm, 21 jewels, 28800BPH, 42 hours power reserve.
Case:  Stainless steel, 39mm*8.6mm
Dial: Black
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Black alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
Water Resistance: 30m
Functions: Date
Price: $4,000

Aquatimer: Dive watches of IWC were launched in 1967, called "Aquatimer Chronograph", this series keeps the predominance among sports watches due to its reliable quality. Now, the brand-new Aquatimer diving watch features an inner rotating bezel, which makes it possess the features of dive watch and sports watch.

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Aquatimer IW356807

Reference: IW356807
Series: Aquatimer
Movement: Cal.30110, based on ETA 2892-A2, 25.6mm*3.6mm, 21 jewels, 28800BPH, 42 hours power reserve.
Case:  Stainless steel, 44mm*14mm
Dial: White
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Black rubber strap
Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
Water Resistance: 2000m
Functions: Date
Price: $3,961

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Aquatimer IW356802

Reference: IW356802
Series: Aquatimer
Movement: Cal.30110, based on ETA 2892-A2, 25.6mm*3.6mm, 21 jewels, 28800BPH, 42 hours power reserve.
Case:  Stainless steel, 44mm*14mm
Dial: Black
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Black rubber strap
Buckle: Stainless steel deployant buckle
Water Resistance: 2000m
Functions: Date
Price: €4,000

Portuguese: The "navigation" themed Portuguese reflects men's requirement for adventure and stimulation. Portuguese watches are concise and have strong sense of lines, which emphasizes the features of navigation, precise, complicate and elegant. It is expecially famous for Portugues 7 Days Power Reserve and Portuguese chronograph.

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Portuguese IW500107

Reference: IW500107
Series: Portuguese
Movement: Cal.51011,37.8mm*7.6mm, breguet spring, 42 jewels, 21600BPH, 168 hours power reserve.
Case:  Stainless steel, 42.3mm*13.9mm
Dial: Silver white
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Blue alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel deployant buckle
Water Resistance: 30m
Functions: Date, power reserve,
Price: €11,900

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Portuguese IW371417

Reference: IW371417
Series: Portuguese
Movement: Cal.79350, based on ETA Valjoux 7750, 30mm*7.9mm, 31 jewels,28800BPH, 44 hours power reserve.
Case:  Stainless steel, 40.9mm*12.3mm
Dial: Silver white
Crystal: Sapphire
Strap: Blue alligator leather strap
Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
Water Resistance: 30m
Functions: Chronograph
Price: €3,900

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I prefer the Mark XVII and Ingenieur, the 30110 movement is based on ETA movement that is a reliable and accurate movement. And the Portuguese Handwound is too expensive to me.

 

I completely agree with you

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My thoughts as well, Cal.30110 based on ETA movement is great. However, the Ingenieur series brought me a little disappointment that it has the wrong size, it should be small in my view.

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