Best IWC Watch: Top Picks from the Dark Horse of Swiss Watches

Best IWC Watch

If you have been keeping up with your high-end luxury watches, it’s likely that you have come across the International Watch Company or IWC. If not, then you don’t have to feel bad because the brand is indeed not as mega-popular as let’s say, Rolex or Omega.

However, if you consider yourself to be a collector or simply a fan of well-made watches, the best time to pay attention to IWC is now.

The IWC is widely considered to be the dark horse of Swiss watches. With the company’s bold approach and emphasis on the engineering aspect rather than the artisanal, it has positioned itself to be one of the top contenders.

Today, we have made a list of the best IWC watch that’s currently available. Whether you’re looking for a top-quality Swiss watch or simply curious about the brand, it’s hard to go wrong with these IWC watches.

Best IWC Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 Stainless steel, 42 millimeters case size, Railway track style chapter ring, Large pocket watch movements ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince Stainless steel case, Brown calfskin leather strap, Fixed stainless steel bezel, Midnight blue dial, Luminous silver-tone hands, Arabic numeral hour markers ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Self-winding, Stainless steel case, 42 hours Power Reserve, Diameter 40.0 mm, Screw in crown, Water resistance 12 bar, Silver-plated dial with luminescence, Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph Black ceramic case, Black fabric bracelet, Black dial with luminous hands, 68-hour power reserve, Water resistance 6 bar, Automatic, self-winding ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Portofino Automatic Stainless steel case, Water resistance 3 bar, 42 hours Power Reserve, Automatic, self-winding, Black alligator leather strap, 163 Components ★ ★ ★ ★
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Titanium case, Screw in crown, Water resistance 200 bar, Black dial with luminescence, 42 hours Power Reserve, Black rubber strap with IWC-patented quick-change system ★ ★ ★ ★

Best IWC Watch

1. IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph is one of the most popular, if not the most popular watch from IWC. It’s well-considered to be a classic and it remains practically unaltered since its introduction more than 20 years ago. Over the years, the watch has acquired cult status and for good reason.

A Modern Icon

The Portugieser Chronograph is a timepiece that needs to be worn to be appreciated. At the surface, it’s easy to think that it looks plain, simple, and not very original. However, once you see the watch in person, you’ll appreciate the rigidity and discretion of the design.

The base concept of the Portugieser is to have a pocket watch movement fitted into a rather large case. You’ll notice that the bezel is quite slim which in turn makes the dial window massive. I must say that IWC did a good job of providing the comfort of a small watch with the feeling of having a large one on your wrist.

The 3714 version of the Portugieser pays tribute to the previous generation models with leaf-shaped hands and Arabic numerals. Despite the addition of the two subdials, I have to say that the overall look of the dial is well done. On the wrist, the Portugieser looks stunning.

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 is a watch that deserves a slot in anyone’s collection.

2. IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince

The IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince is an honorary tribute to France’s literary extraordinaire and the country’s pioneer aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. As you might have guessed, this blue dialed chronograph is inspired by Antoine’s most famous book, the Little Price

A Pilot Watch Worthy of Its Namesake

Blue dials can be a hit or miss for me but the IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince is clearly a massive hit for me. One of the main reasons why this model works so well is the excellent combination of size, style, and beautiful execution.

Say what you want about IWC but the company arguably provides the best-in-class set of dial textures and materials. As a result, many of their watches have some of the best-looking faces in the market. Try comparing IWC pilot watches with the competition and you’ll see that IWC watches have their own brand of style.

The Le Petit Prince Chronograph is no exception.

On the wrist, the Le Petit Prince demonstrates a good deal of versatility. The watch looks great whether you’re using it for purely casual or formal attire. It has a bit of a daring aesthetic but if you’re up for it, this blue-dialed wonder might just be up your alley.

The IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince is an aviation-inspired timepiece that collectors don’t want to miss.

3. IWC Ingenieur Automatic

The IWC Ingenieur Automatic is a watch for people who prefer a no-nonsense approach to their watches. The Ingenieur is another iconic IWC model that features traditional design cues. That’s one way of saying that it’s an absolute classic.

Classic Ingenious Design

The Ingenieur is available in many different models but for some reason, I am drawn to the Ingenieur Automatic.

At 40 mm x 10 mm, the Automatic model sits rather nicely on the wrist. When compared to the other Ingenieur models, the Automatic will look slightly smaller. However, the Automatic excels when it comes to offering excellent fit and comfort.

In terms of aesthetics, the Ingenieur Automatic pays homage to the family’s traditional design cues. The famous Gérald Genta designed the bores in the bezel which makes the Ingenieur instantly recognizable. Interestingly enough, the bores provide the watch with that unmistakable tough look. To further bolster the watch’s toughness, a sapphire crystal and screw-in crown have been added.

The watch features an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve and neat hacking seconds. There’s an inner case that protects the movement from magnetism. There’s not much here in terms of timekeeping but everything is decidedly well-done.

The IWC Ingenieur Automatic is one of the best entry-level models from IWC. However, in the case of IWC, entry-level is by no means low-end.

4. IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph

In a previous article, we have highlighted the IWC Pilot’s Top Gun Automatic Chronograph as one of the best pilot watches available. I am a big fan of black dials, so I was instantly attracted to the Top Gun. Plus, Top Gun is a cult-classic movie that I severely enjoyed and this watch succeeds as a tribute.

Maverick Will Be Proud

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Top Gun Automatic is its high-contrast color design. The black dial and white hands provide a great contrast which makes the watch very readable under any circumstances. True to its namesake, the watch looks like a counter in a jet fighter plane’s cockpit. It looks nice and expensive on the wrist.

Another aspect that stands out is the case which is made of ceramic that’s beautifully designed and finished. The case is also finished in black for that complete fighter jet look. Black cases are not doing it for me but for some reason, the Top Gun pulls it off rather well.

The watch comes in a soft black strap that doesn’t just feel high-quality but comfortable as well. There are also variations of the Top Gun that offered in stainless steel bracelets. However, a tool watch such as the Top Gun Automatic feels just right with a soft bracelet.

From the legibility to the finish of the parts, the IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun is impressive.

5. IWC Portofino Automatic

The Portofino collection is another long-standing offering from IWC which was first introduced in the early 1980s. Up to this day, the ref. 5251 remains as one of the most collectible timepieces from IWC. In 2011, the Portofino line got a refresh including the base model, the IWC Portofino Automatic.

Classic But Versatile

Much like the Portugieser Chronograph, the idea behind the IWC Portofino Automatic is to hide the complex internal workings of a pocket watch behind a simple face. Wearing the Portofino is like having a miniature pocket watch on your wrist.

Clean, no fuss execution is the name of the game when it comes to the Portofino. The elements of the dial – hands, markers, and date display – are masterfully executed. The hands have this rounded elegance that complements the curve of the case.

There’s really no advanced functions or design elements here but that’s where the Portofino shines. It’s just an honest and simple wristwatch. Due to the simplicity, the watch fills all sorts of wardrobe voids, whether it’s a formal event or a casual Friday.

The IWC Portofino Automatic embodies understated luxury.

6. IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000

IWC is widely known for its pilot watches which is why many people tend to forget that they make serious dive watches as well. The IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is a dive watch that’s worth looking into if you’re in the market for a tool watch that doesn’t mess around.

A Tank of a Dive Watch

IWC wants you to have no doubt when it comes to the Aquatimer Automatic 2000. It’s a rather sizable watch at 46mm x 20.5mm and it’s equipped with the SafeDive bezel system. Basically, it’s a system that provides protection against water, dust, and other elements.

The caseback shape allows the watch to comfortably low on the wrist. Because of this, the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 feels secure and doesn’t flop around when worn. The titanium case does a good job of protecting the watch but kept the weight to a minimum.

The Aquatimer is available in many different color versions, and some are Chronographs. Hands down, it’s a terrific dive watch.

Closing Thoughts

That concludes our list of the best IWC watch that you can get your hands on. If you are looking to give IWC a well-deserved try, it’s hard to go wrong with the watches in this round-up.

The Best Pocket Watches of 2019: A Watch Review

image of the best pocket watch to carry

Today we will be reviewing the best pocket watches for 2019. Pocketwatches are like mini time machines that bring you back to the past. In fact, the first ever watches were designed as pocket watches dating as far back as 1524!

Unlike typical wristwatches, pocket watches are meant to be worn in your, well, pocket of course! ( Where else were you thinking)?

Important features of pocket watches include, but are not limited to, design, innovative features, movement, and style. Today, you will find out why ultimately chose the Avalon Skeleton Pocket Watch as the BEST POCKET WATCH of 2019.

This review was not easy. Many pocket watches are GREAT due to the insane detail and quality pieces pit into them. So at the end of the day, YOU will decide which watch is best for you!

Top Pocket Watches Why It Is Best Pocket Rating
Avalon Skeleton Sleek design, 17 Jewel mechanical movement, VERY AFFORDABLE, Great materials used ★★★★★

 

Armourlite Tritium Full stainless steel design, innovative tritium lights, 60-month battery life, sapphire crystal ★★★★
Tissot Bridgeport Very accurate, high-quality movement, beautiful and clean design, classic look, large case ★★★★
ALPS Pocket Watch Unique design, reliable movement, GREAT PRICE, skeleton dial ★★★
Bulova Stainless Steel Pocket Watch Shiny, polished design, durable calendar (date) feature ★★★

Avalon Skeleton

You can never go wrong with a skeleton dial design. This type of design shows off the true beauty of a timepiece; the movement. And Avalon does a great job with the Avalon Skeleton!

Everything about the Avalon Skeleton is just great. From the beautifully polished brass case to the bright white dial with bold cobalt blue hour, minute and second hands.

 

It is Reliable

The 17 jewel mechanical movement runs this bad boy. It is sure to keep on ticking and staying accurate for years and years. In fact, there is a LIFETIME warranty for the Avalon Skelton.

It is affordable: With such a great movement you would think that this watch would be double, or even TRIPLE the price that it is going for. It is not easy at all to find a watch of this caliber for this price point.

Top Features

  • 17-Jewel Movement: For reliability and pinpoint accuracy
  • Skeleton Dial: To display the complex movement inside
  • Sapphire Crystal: To keep the dial from acquiring nasty scratches

Armourlite Tritium

The Armourlite Tritium has a nice and simple, classic design; with certain features that are innovative and unique to this specific timepiece.

Where this watch shines (no pun intended) is within the markers on the dial. They are fitted with tritium lights, which make it so the watch is able to light up in the dark. So no worrying about not being able to see the time, it will shine in any type of darkness.

Isn’t that awesome!  It is not every day that you see a watch that “glows” on its own. There is plenty of LED light watches in the market today, but not so many tritium light watches. The watch is built with a thick and strong stainless steel case and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Follow the Light 

Everything about this watches design is pretty classic. There is no doubt that it is well made and built for durability. It is NOT a mechanical movement, however, the battery life can last up to 60 months! What truly makes it unique is the tritium lights. You literally have a little science project going on in your watch; what a perfect conversation starter!

Top Features

  • Tritium lights: These lights do not use battery power, and light up your watch in the dark
  • Thick and sturdy case: The case is a whopping 12.8mm thickness!
  • Battery life: The battery can last up to 60 MONTHS!

Tissot Bridgeport

The Tissot Bridgeport is the most expensive watch being reviewed today but at the same time the most reliable timepiece created by a top watchmaker on the market.

You can just tell this is a high-quality watch at first glance. The case shines in the light, showing off the deep polish and handsome stainless steel that was used in creating this beauty. Everything is steel and polished on this timepiece, making it a true attention grabber. Overall, it is an easy and simple design, built with top quality pieces from the all mighty Tissot watchmakers.

Pricey, but High Quality 

Tissot is a watchmaker that is highly regarded. Almost as much as the TOP names like RolexThe mechanical movement is extremely accurate and you can watch this precious piece at work through the skeleton dial. Any search for the Tissot name will come back with some great feedback. Not only is this a long time brand, but a TOP brand that will probably be prevalent in the watch world FOREVER!

Top Features

  • Top Quality: Everything from the stainless steel case, to the chain is just amazing
  • Tissot Movement: This movement offers unreal accuracy
  • Classic Design: The Roman Numerals really make this watch look like an old timepiece. But it just looks to perfect to be from the past!

ALPS Pocketwatch

ALPS Pocketwatch

Here to the most interesting pocket watch on today’s review. Is it from a movie? how old is it? Does it unleash a genie? These are all valid questions to ask when looking at this masterpiece.

What do you think, pretty unique, right!?

When looking at this watch you may think that you need to sell your car, take out a second mortgage and move into a studio apartment. Well, not today! The ALPS is actually VERY MUCH affordable. And for the looks and unique features, is definitely worth a purchase, or heck maybe even five purchases.

The awesome stainless steel engraved case is a great first look before opening it up and seeing the classic dial with the gold movement within. The case is a bronze color, which really goes with the overall look of this timepiece. It has the classic and librarian feel, but the engraving makes the watch look like it belongs to a wizard! Unlike some of the others watches being reviewed, this one is even waterproof. So no big deal if you hop into the pool!

A STEAL 

I can truly say that this watch is what defines a steal. A mechanical movement, engraved design, skeleton dial, and durability. You can not ask for a better bang for your buck!

Top Features

  • PRICE: This is the TOP feature about this watch that does not relate to the aesthetics
  • Engraved Case: Exquisite engraving gives the watch a unique look that can do not look like any other watch you have seen (unless you are a sorcerer)
  • Mechanical movement: May not be as accurate as the Tissot, but then again it is 1/100th of the price! It comes with very easy to understand instructions on how to get the most out of your movement
  • Skeleton Dial: So you can be hypnotized watching the mechanical movement at work

Bulova Stainless Steel

Bulova Stainless Steel

Bulova outdid themselves with this gorgeous timepiece.

Yes, it may be pretty simple. Stainless steel with a white dial. But everything about it just looks great! The piece shines brighter than the sun. You can truly tell that the Bulova is made of high-quality material. It is large, with a 50mm case and offers a date feature on the dial. Current owners are very happy with their watch, and you can see from all the great reviews on the Amazon page.

Beautiful Look 

It is an easy pick to say what makes this watch great. All around it really is a solid timepiece. But it just looks so clean and professional. Although this is the last watch to be reviewed, does not mean it is a bad watch! The stainless steel case and chain, perfectly compliment the BRIGHT white dial. It is definitely a classic look but looks new school because it is just so shiny.

Top Features

  • Polished Stainless Steel: For a crisp look that makes the timepiece shine like no other
  • Water Resistance: Up to 30 meters of water resistance
  • Large Case: A 50mm case makes it so the watch is easy to read

Final Recommendation

None of the watches reviewed today are “bad watches.” There is a certain feature that landed any one of these watches on the review board for the day, which makes each watch special in its own way. Some watches definitely have more reviews than others, some are VERY low priced, and others are somewhat expensive.

If it is up to me, rating a watch by design, movement, unique features, and durability; I would tell you to purchase the Avalon Skeleton. Overall, this watch simply kills every area that I reviewed. It has a SUPERIOR MOVEMENT, robust design with a classic look and can take some bangs and bruises.

The beauty of watch reviews is everyone has a different taste. So what I chose, may not be your favorite. My goal is to guide watch buyers to purchase top watches and steer them toward some good names. I truly hope I made your choice in watch a breeze! Happy POCKETWATCH shopping my friends!

Let Us Know Your Thoughts

Is there a watch you feel is missing? Have you purchased one of these pocket watches and LOVE it! Let us know, it would be great to hear feedback from watch connoisseurs and horologists!