Review by aBlogtoWatch peruser and visitor benefactor Paul Piazza who bought the IWC Portugieser Automatic Ref. IW500705 and was sufficiently caring to share his encounters and considerations on the watch.

The IWC Portugieser Automatic with date show appeared back in 2004 and has consistently been outfitted with one of the greatest and most powerful automatic developments. The 52010 type as far as we might be concerned today shows how far development design has come since the first Portugieser from the 1930s used a pocket watch development in its wristwatch case. In this audit we’ll take a gander at both this colossal 52010 type and the dressy-exquisite case that embodies it.


All photographs taken by Tom Watkins

Going back a smidgen, IWC renamed the then-Portuguese line as the Portugieser in 2015 and refreshed the active model with this, the IWC Portugieser ref. IW5007. Once more, the watch’s real cause dates back to the last part of the 1930s when two experts realized as Rodrigues and Teixeira moved toward IWC looking for a sizable stainless steel watch with a development that could compete exactness savvy with a marine chronometer. The IWC Portugieser is a prosperous line, as the Portugieser itself is more than 75 years of age, and the veneration and loyalty to the programmed form conceivably triumph’s its very much regarded chronograph counterpart.

Updated on the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007’s 31-jeweled and finished development is oneself winding component: it is a pretty sans much wear system thanks to its use of ceramic parts. There are many energizing changes in comparison to the last 5001 emphasis, and most of these progressions truly occur with the more open architecture, skeletonized rotor, how the watch winds, the design of the scaffolds – and now you can both see and truly feel how smooth the Pellaton programmed winding framework is.

There’s a great deal of room uncovering the barrel connect which, of course, displays the two fountainhead barrels in the entirety of their brilliance. The two barrels benefit the force delivery, and it has a major effect considering the regular jump from the 5001’s 3Hz to the IW5007’s more current 4Hz recurrence – which, thus, makes the 52010 type to now need to store more energy to even now offer the 7-day power save alongside the expanded frequency.


The bidirectional winding has improved over the 5001 with the expansion of two dark artistic pawls. Consider them like two fired dark wings as one will begin to deliver while the other fundamentally pulls, working with no need for grease. This refutes worry for wear or any unexpected shortcomings in light of the fact that, as inclined to breaking upon sway artistic might be, it is far-fetched anything will hit these parts that are securely concealed under the monstrous sapphire case-back.

Also included in the 52010 development is IWC’s durable free sprung escapement, so the rate should remain more steady, something further improved with a Breguet over-loop hairspring. The Breguet spring, through its versatility, manages the motions of the equilibrium. It was first developed by a Dutch mathematician named Huygens in 1675. In 1795 Abraham-Louis Breguet tackled a considerable lot of the isochronism issues of the Huygens-imagined hairspring by raising the spring’s last loop to lessen its arch and build up the concentric development of the equilibrium spring – bringing about the equilibrium staff destroying less rapidly while upgrading accuracy simultaneously. Obviously, it isn’t selective neither to Breguet, nor to IWC, yet remains a perfect little detail us watch-lovers can appreciate.


As abstract as watch configuration seems to be, I have a sense of security in saying that when one looks upon the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705’s dial, there’s simply something appropriately satisfying to the eye. It very well may be on account of the cleaned, blued, hand-applied Arabic numerals and index markers that tenderly buoy on a wonderful shimmering white dial, or perhaps the slender and immortal feuille hands that give brilliant clarity – however less on the dark dial rendition. Shading coordinated silver sub-dials peer back at you with their concentric roundabout surface example, with little seconds on the left and the force hold marker on the right. The last offers that flawless red touch, bringing a scramble of warmth into the virus white-blue picture.



I’ve worn the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705 on a full wind for 5 days and kept it face up overnight in my watch box. It’s been exact to +3 seconds of the day, however IWC has advised me the 52010 type is directed in Schaffhausen to – 7/+7 seconds of the day – which drops out of COSC chronometer confirmations, something that might be hard to accomplish toward the finish of a particularly long force hold, yet would be ideal to see achieved later on. There is bounty of dial space on the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007, and it’s a welcoming appeal without a doubt for the wearer. I truly appreciate taking a gander at the railroad track-styled section ring as I modestly think it looks best on this model in particular.

Despite its liberal 42.3mm case and enormous dial space,IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007 keeps up its dressy-exquisite looks. Prominently, the IW5007 additionally turned into somewhat thicker since the last update, inflating to 14.5mm in all out thickness, compared to the first at 13.9mm thick. IWC has shut the space between the hauls and lash, just as diminished the length of the carries somewhat all the while making them all the more stout. I think it’s truly hard to refresh a particularly settled plan and that’s something else I for one found amazing about the IW5007: in my experience, it has the capacity to be worn anytime, from formal to casual.

Speaking of easygoing, that was my underlying objective, so I took the superbly done 22mm dark crocodile cowhide tie and swapped it for a dim naval force steerhide calfskin with grayish full stitch from Europelli ties . I’m a major person with 8 1/2″ wrists, so before I bought the watch I was concerned that 42.3mm would be excessively little, as my “sweet spot” in any timepiece class lies between 44-45mm. All things considered, while it may appear to be huge for little wristed gatherers, it was a solid fit for my bigger wrist.

The IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007 additionally has a raised, double antireflective-covered sapphire gem, just as a sapphire precious stone looking into the issue back. The enhancement of the hauls, bezel, and case-back comprise of cleaned surfaces with the sides of the case done in a finely satin-completed look. Bended carries and bended spring bars truly make it a more smoothed out look as the tie meets the case significantly more adequately, making for a more incorporated look when compared to the 5001.

In end, for every one of these reasons above, the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705 I would recommend to purists and lovers. From the welcoming dial and warmth blued applied contacts to the astounding refreshed 52010 caliber, this IWC Portugieser Automatic can without much of a stretch handle numerous conditions and settings. Regardless of whether spending time with companions nonchalantly or a genuine conventional occasion, it can morph itself to accommodate your day by day needs.

IWC has improved the development, however with an end goal to give its staunch fans a more competitive value point, IWC has a lower retail cost on the IW5007 than its past 5001. The IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705 retails for $12,700 USD.