Replica IWC Portuguese Chronograph Ref. 3714 came out in 1998, absorbing unique and classic styles, and relatively affordable prices, selling for 22 years, becoming a major pillar of the brand. Today,Replica IWC introduces a new Ref. 3716 Portuguese series chronograph, the new replica watches continues the classic look, but replaced with a “home-made” movement.
In fact, Ref. 3716 debuted as a 150th anniversary special edition two years ago, but only white and blue lacquered discs were available at the time. Now, Ref. 3716 is added to the regular series, which is available in stainless steel and 18K rose gold. The dial style of Ref. 3714 will also be transferred to Ref. 3716. This means that the stainless steel case with silver dial, decorative gold numerals and hands are also new.
The new Portuguese series chronograph is slightly larger, with a diameter of 41 mm and a thickness of 13.1 mm; in contrast, the original Portuguese series chronograph has a diameter of 40.9 mm and a thickness of 12.6 mm. The main reason is that Cal. 69355 replaced Cal. 79350 (based on Valjoux 7750).
The Replica IWC Cal. 69355 self-made movement belongs to the 69000 series and actually incorporates some basic components of the Valjoux 7750 movement, including a barrel and a drive train. In fact, Cal. 69355 movement has also been greatly improved, including the upgrade of the column wheel, and the use of LIGA technology to manufacture the escape wheel and pallet fork, making the escapement mechanism more efficient.