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Hey all,

This is the current collection

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Want to add a IWC Portuguese very soon. Love the automatic 7day and the Chrono.

Any advice on which is better? I'm leaning towards the Chrono as I have 6.5 wrists and have always admired that dial.

Also town between the Silver dial with blue hands and numbers vs the rose gold.

Thanks for any tips.

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I have the same size wrist, and while I love the 7-day, it just wears too chunky for my wrist, at least for my taste. Plus, as much as I love the silver dial with blue on the 7-day, I have a pet peeve against contrasting bright white date windows that interrupt the warmth of silver dials. So if I were to get the 7-day, I would go with the black dial because the dark dial might wear a tad smaller to the eye, and the date wheel matches. But on the dateless Portuguese chronograph this is not a concern, and the watch will fit better. Of course, you're giving up the manufacture movement, which is a big deal, and IWC is now releasing a new and improved version of the movement. So if you go with the chrono silver dial, I vote the one with blue hands and numbers. I think it's a bit more versatile without all the rose gold, and it looks like you've got the dress watch category covered in your current collection.

 

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The "which one is better?" question will never be answered - you will hear arguments for both and the (non) manufacture movement "issue" really isn't an issue but a sentiment and argument, quite nicely addressed by tony20009 in this thread. No advice on dial color can -or should- be given; it's all a very personal choice, one that you (and you alone) need to be comfortable with.

With all of that out of the way, I opted for the Portuguese Chronograph, light dial, blue numerals, back in 2003 and upgraded to the Portuguese Automatic 7-day, same color combination, in 2010. No regrets whatsoever and no indications that one is better than the other.

Both pieces have the same diameter, yet the 7-day is noticeable thicker and as such appears and feels chunkier and clunkier on your wrist (6.75" for me), but I don't think that should keep you from getting it.

Either Portuguese is a great choice and a watch you will enjoy for many years to come. Whatever dial is most appealing to you - you can't go wrong. And it will be a nice addition and diversification to your beautiful collection.

Good luck and keep us posted.

 

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It will be hard for me to give you an unbiased view as I am a fan - this is another beauty and has a great / nifty movement. It is a significant step up from the 3714 series Chronographs, both in price and complexity / capability of the movement. I really like the "clock-like sub-dial" for chrono-minutes and hours which makes it easier (imho - yvmv) to read elapsed time. Date is another plus.

But somehow, this watch is not for me (don't know why - maybe it will grow on me) and prefer the Portuguese Auto (I know, not a Chronograph) and the 3714 series.

Rather wooly reply but hope it is still somewhat useful.

 

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The difference is about $3k in the grey market (or AD with good discount), not sure if it can get you a 3-hand AT for the difference. I see your point that the price differential is substantial enough that will sway one's decision, and if one is happy with the chrono, it makes sense to save the $3k.

 

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