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Old 18 April 2014, 01:10 AM   #1
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Review Ė IWC Portuguese 7-Day Automatic (5001-07)

Been a long time since Iíve posted, as Iím primarily just a reader until I get into watch buying mode every couple years. I wanted to share with everyone a short review and a few photos of my most recent purchase, an IWC 7-Day Portuguese, in an effort to give back to this great community since I benefited greatly from the reviews and commentary on this watch available on these forums before purchasing.

By way of background, this is my first IWC, and I traded in my Omega Planet Ocean and Breitling Navitimer plus some cash in order to get my hands on this one. I couldnít be happier with this trade, as I found myself hardly ever wearing either of those two ever since I bought my Rolex Deepsea 3 years ago. I found that I preferred wearing the Rolex in business and formal settings as well as casual settings. Itís such an amazingly versatile style, that it somewhat rendered my Omega and Breitlings obsolete as far as wrist time is concerned.

Here are just a few things I would note about the IWC:

Case and Dial Design: It is just such an absolutely classic, elegant and timeless design that I donít see myself parting with this one in the future. What I love about it is that the design is somewhat simple and understated, but coupled with fairly modern proportions (42mm and a nice thickness of 15mm.. I think). Itís worth mentioning that the 42mm diameter belies how large this watch wears Ė it actually looks about as big as my Deepsea on the wrist due to the thin bezel. Perfect size for my tastes, but worth noting. Iíve seen others complain that the watch is too thick, but thatís personally one of the main selling points for me as I prefer a more substantial watch. I also began having the left cuff on my shirts an extra 3/4Ē wider to accommodate my watches a few years ago (something Iíd highly recommend for those who own thick watches), so it fits perfectly with what I wear to work every day. Finally, the last thing Iíll note about the design is that the legibility is just incredible. I can read the time so quickly, that it takes no more than a faint glance. Also, with the silver/white dial, itís even legible at night sans lume in all but pitch black conditions.
Comfort: Extremely comfortable to wear and has a decent heft to it (it feels paper-light after taking off my Deepsea, which Iím sure will change as my senses adjust). It seems to have the right amount of weight to remind you itís there, which I like in a watch.
Movement: I love that it has IWCís in-house 5000 movement. The 7-day power reserve is just amazing, and is something I expect to use every week since I will likely wear the Rolex on weekends from now on, so it will be nice to not have to set the time on Monday mornings when I put the IWC back on. I also really like the power reserve indicator. Itís a shame more watches donít have this, as I feel more connected with the watch when I can see the power reserve increase throughout the day or as Iím winding it. Any review of this movement would be remiss without mention of its beauty as showcased in the Portuguese. Iíll let the pictures speak to that (crappy iPhone photos notwithstanding).
Accuracy: Over the past week, the watch has been keeping time at about +10s per day, but honestly it doesnít bother me for a couple reasons. First, I have a tendency to be late, so at least itís on the fast side. Second, the fact that the 7-day saves me from re-setting it every week might actually keep it more accurate on those days when I hastily set my watch, but if it doesnít, I can always use the time I saved from not having to re-set it completely to true it up. Perhaps Iíll have it regulated to within COSC specs before my IWC warranty runs out, but for now Iím perfectly happy with its timekeeping and I refuse to give it up for any extended period of time.
Overall: Iím in love with this watch and highly recommend it to anyone considering it. My biggest complaint is that I frequently find myself staring at the dial and even taking the watch off to gaze at the stunning 7-day movement through its massive sapphire case-back. Perhaps some of that will wear off after the honeymoon period is over.

Finally, I would also just like to put in an honest plug for David SW. This is the second watch Iíve bought from him (the first being my Deepsea), and his service is amazing, prices competitive, and communication very professional. I canít recommend him enough. He also offered me what I would consider fair prices for the two watches I traded in, so the transaction couldnít have been any smoother. Not only that, but I knew I wanted to put a brown strap on my watch, and David arranged to have an OEM brown IWC strap installed at the dealer before it shipped, so I didnít have to worry about doing that as soon as I got it. Exemplary customer service.





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Old 19 April 2014, 11:29 AM   #2
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A beauty - congrats
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Old 2 May 2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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nice watch!
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Old 2 May 2014, 02:28 PM   #4
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I've always loved this model. Congratulations!
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Old 2 May 2014, 07:15 PM   #5
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fabulous watch, in a timeless colour combo. thanks for sharing
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Old 3 May 2014, 03:56 AM   #6
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Old 3 May 2014, 06:45 PM   #7
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Nice watch and movement, one of IWC greats.
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Old 3 May 2014, 10:09 PM   #8
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Very classy! Love the brown strap! 👍👍
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Old 4 May 2014, 08:45 AM   #9
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Great review. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 4 May 2014, 10:54 AM   #10
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Looks great! Just as a reference, what is your wrist size? My wrist size is 6.7, so not sure if it would look too big.

Too lazy to make it to a IWC AD haha
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Old 8 May 2014, 04:31 PM   #11
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on 6.7 it would not look to big at all. Far from it.
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Old 1 September 2014, 10:11 AM   #12
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great review! Does it take a long time to wind up to 7 days?
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Old 11 October 2014, 10:19 PM   #13
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nice write up thank you. saw this one in the flesh the other day. it is incredible. the case back is spectacular the way that massive movement fills up the whole 42mm is something that needs to be seen to be believed.

hope you are still enjoying this one.
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Old 18 October 2014, 12:01 PM   #14
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Old 19 June 2017, 05:49 PM   #16
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Nice watch
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Old 24 August 2017, 02:00 PM   #17
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I remember reading this review before buying my 5001-14 several months ago, so gotta say thanks for the write-up.

Second the comments on this being a tank of a piece. It dwarves my GMT2 which I thought was pretty heft already (coming from a seamaster).

Hopefully the size trend in my collection doesn't continue in the same trajectory...
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