Designed to with stand extreme conditions of ocean sailing, the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph is the sportiest timepiece in a watch family steeped in tradition. At the request of many watch lovers, and to mark the 75th anniversary of the legendary Portugieser line, the Yacht Club Chronograph model is now available in a smaller case size with ergonomically designed strap horns and a new strap. Thanks to several restrained design modifications, the chronograph is now more luxurious and more balanced.
This shock-absorption system effectively neutralized the effect of impacts. It predestined the Yacht Club for use on the high seas, as did a new automatic pressure-limiting system for the crown, which ensured that the case seals became tighter with increasing water pressure. Its successor, the Yacht Club II, available with either a quartz or automatic movement, was self-assuredly advertised as an
“Exclusive model ... for the most exacting demands”.
In the late 1990s, IWC was considering the idea of offering the successful Yacht Club model not only as a three-hand watch, but also as a chronograph. These plans disappeared inside a drawer until 2010, and it was only then that the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph’s hour had come.
Model: Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph
Ref. IW390501 ∙ IW390502 ∙ IW390503
IWC-manufactured calibre 89361
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 68 h
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
Small hacking seconds
Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW390501: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, black rubber strap, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Ref. IW390502: case in stainless steel, silver-plated dial, black rubber strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Ref. IW390503: case in stainless steel, slate-coloured dial, black rubber strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm
See through sapphire glass back
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