The IWC Portugieser Automatic Replica with date display debuted back in 2004 and has always been furnished with one of the biggest and most powerful automatic movements. The 52010 caliber as we know it today shows how far movement architecture has come since the original Portugieser from the 1930s used a pocket replica watch movement in itsIWC men’s replica watch case. In this review we’ll look at both this gargantuan 52010 caliber and the dressy-elegant case that encapsulates it. IWC Portugieser Automatic Ref. IW500705 replica watch Review Wrist Time Reviews
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Going back a little bit, IWC Replica Watch In Discount renamed the then-Portuguese line as the Portugieser in 2015 and updated the outgoing model with this, the IWC Portugieser ref. IW5007. Again, the replica watch’s actual origin dates back to the late 1930s when two professionals known as Rodrigues and Teixeira approached IWC seeking a sizable stainless steel timepiece with a movement that could compete accuracy-wise with a marine chronometer. The IWC Portugieser is a prosperous line, as the Portugieser itself is over 75 years old, and the adoration and loyalty to the automatic version quite possibly triumph’s its well-respected chronograph counterpart.
Updated on the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007’s 31-jeweled and decorated movement is the self-winding mechanism: it is a pretty much wear-free system thanks to its use of ceramic parts. There are many exciting changes in comparison to the last 5001 iteration, and most of these changes really happen with the more open architecture, skeletonized rotor, how the replica watch winds, the layout of the bridges – and now you can both see and really feel how smooth the Pellaton automatic winding system is.
There’s a lot of space revealing the barrel bridge which, of course, displays the two mainspring barrels in all of their glory. The two barrels benefit the torque release, and it makes a big difference considering the natural leap from the 5001’s 3Hz to the IW5007’s more modern 4Hz frequency – which, in turn, makes the 52010 caliber to now have to store more energy to still offer the 7-day power reserve along with the increased frequency.
The bidirectional winding has improved over the 5001 with the addition of two black ceramic pawls. Think of them like two ceramic black wings as one will start to release while the other basically pulls, operating with no need for lubrication. This negates concern for wear or any unforeseen weaknesses because, as prone to cracking upon impact ceramic may be, it is unlikely anything will hit these parts that are safely tucked away under the massive sapphire case-back.