The debut of an IWC classic timepiece: the original Portuguese Minute Repeater Ref. IW5240 quality replica. This is from a time when minute repeater watches were very rare. The fact that the Portugieser Minute Repeater came out only two years after the Portugieser series came out is even more impressive.
The Case, Dial, and Hands
The IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater Ref. IW5242-02 Replica US Watch has a diameter of 43.00mm and a thickness of 12.50mm. Inspired by pocket watches, Portuguese watches do tend to have larger cases. Measuring 43.00 x 12.50 mm, the Ref. IW5242-02 is 1.00 mm larger than its predecessor.
The Cheap IWC Replica brown alligator strap ends with a sturdy all-gold deployant clasp as a counterbalance, and despite the large head, the IW5242-02 fits securely on the wrist without feeling top-heavy.
The case is made of rose gold with contrasting finishes, from the satin-brushed sides and repeater rail to the polished crown, repeater rail and bezel. The slender concave bezel highlights the great power of the dial.
At the same time, the dome-shaped sapphire crystal gives the dial a sense of depth. The original IWC Replica Watch minute repeater was fitted with plexiglass instead, so the introduction of sapphire crystal into the second-generation striker can be seen as a turning point towards a more modern design.
The dial features a minimalist design, with Arabic numerals and feuille hands applied, in a distinctly IWC Portuguese Replica style. For this rose gold version, the dial is silver opaline with a fine concentric guilloche on the seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
While the case and dial have changed relative to its predecessor, the movement remains the same. The IW5242-02 is the 54-jewel 95290 movement that also powered the first Best IWC Replica Watch minute repeater in 1995.
In the spirit of the original Portuguese watches of the 1930s, the 95290 movement is inspired by the old IWC Calibre 95 pocket watch movement. The size of the movement is simply a match made in heaven, it fills almost the full 43mm of the case.
The Calibre 95290 has the finger bridges typical of a pocket Fake IWC Watch movement, opening large enough to reveal the entire gear train from the crown wheel to the escape wheel. It even has a proper center wheel.
The structure of the Calibre 95290 is modular. The minute repeater, designed by Renaud et Papi, is located behind the dial, invisible from the sapphire crystal case back. The chimes of the Calibre 95290 can be described as soft and sweet.
The beauty of the Copy IWC Watch Calibre 95290 is that on the bottom you have a vintage pocket watch movement and on the top you have the “new school” Renaud et Papi Haute Horlogerie – the best of both worlds.
The finish of the Calibre 95290 is exemplary, which you can see through the sapphire crystal case back. The bridges are Côtes de Genève, with beveled and polished edges. There are not only rounded corners in the IWC Replica Watches Reviews movement, but sharp outward corners that are more difficult to execute. The base plate is adorned with plenty of pearl, while the heads of the screws that hold the bridges are polished.
IWC Portugieser Replica Swiss Movement Watch have always been oversized. The first Portuguese wristwatch also had a diameter of 43 mm and was driven by a pocket watch movement in the savonette structure: the Calibre 74.