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IWC Portofino Automatic -05

posted 26 Jun 2015, 09:25 by Markus Helander
Something to start the holidays, then.

International Watch Company. It has tried to get under my skin for years. The Portofino was a clear sign of my weakness when it comes to classy dress watches with a fine brand image, but then again, IWC in general has a lot more to offer. But first, the 3563-05. 


Like many of my watches, this one also came to me from Italy. It had a dated warranty card and the condition was near perfect. Actually it had been made so perfect that while polishing, also the crystal was partly polished. This meant that the anti-reflective layer had been wiped off from the edges and was clearly visible in certain light conditions. Fortunately, the seller was a reasonable man and agreed to pay for the crystal change - surprisingly only a one hundred euro part in my local authorized dealer.


After the crystal change, it was really a perfect piece, and therefore a really easy piece to flip. It was super-light, a perfect size, and it fit like a dream. The mesh bracelet that it came with, was fancy enough to give its rather minimalistic looks some bling, yet comfortable enough to wear all the time. One thing I still remember it by, with the crystal incident of course, was the terribly well functioning crown; firm but still gentle and oozing for class and quality!

The thing is with IWC, I think it has something for everyone. For me, it has the Ingenieur and Mark series. For a long time, I've looked for a mid-size Ingenieur to sweep me off my feet and recently, also the pilot watches have started to intrigue me.

Actually, now that I've acquired my Ulysse-keeper, an IWC XII or XV is actually on my Very Short List and, at least, most certainly the next IWC on this page.