Dial design of IWC Portuguese Chrono

May 01, 2023,15:06 PM

This watch is held as a classic by many in the IWC line up. It's a watch I admire very much but never really got to acquiring yet. Before the prevalence of in-house movements, my excuse was the 7750 movement. Then most recently they went "in-house" and now the cost of entry has gone beyond reasonable for me (at least in SRP terms). Still, once in a while I go to the website and admire it.

Today (yes after all those years looking at this reference) I spotted something peculiar. It has to do with the symmetry of the markers in the dial.

Maybe this has been discussed before?

I don't quite understand why the position of 4 and 8 were changed eventually. 4 sits closer to 5 than to 3. Same with 8 to 7 than 9.

As early as 3714-17, the ones with full blue markers (applied?) have this asymmetry, while those with partial blue markers (painted?) have maintained symmetry. 
The earlier chrono/ rattrapante models were able to maintain proper symmetry. The 4/8 position seem to have changed around 2003/2004 and have carried on to this date.

Asymmetrical example:

Symmetrical example:

I wasn't bothered by the cut numbers at 12 and 6, but I wish IWC would correct this 4 and 8 positioning.
Surely, if the Portuguese Automatic 40 has gotten it right despite the subdial at 6, the Portuguese Chrono deserves the same.

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If the minute markers are spaced differently

 By: edtonkin : May 1st, 2023-15:45
wouldn’t the timing be off then????

It’s the numerical digit that needs repositioning

 By: JCF81 : May 1st, 2023-15:59
It wouldn't influence timing.

Big ask here, but could you photoshop the 8 and 4 into slightly higher places so we can see the difference?

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : May 1st, 2023-20:43
I wonder if it's like Michelangelo's David's hands being out of proportion for visual effect?

The 3rd photo in my post shows exactly this.

 By: JCF81 : May 2nd, 2023-02:00
And compare it to the first photo. It’s a small detail, but watches are all about details right?

Oh, I showed it to my OCD wife

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : May 2nd, 2023-02:05
She audibly sighed with relief

I didnt catch it for so many years.

 By: JCF81 : May 2nd, 2023-02:26
And yesterday it just popped. Unfortunately IWC has also brought this on its individualised Portugiesers. www.watchprosite.com

That's a bummer!

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : May 4th, 2023-14:12

Since you posted this I can’t unsee it at it now bothers me. :-)

 By: LarsG : May 28th, 2023-08:30
You are right, that the 40 mm automatic looks a lot more in harmony Still don’t know why they changed it. Enjoy!