IWC Portofino, the necessary classic model in replica watch industry, it is the first choice when people are selecting the formal business watches that feature Sweeping Seconds and leather band. About the replica of IWC Portofino, how about it is, let us make a complete review here.
Simple and classic, this is the secret which Portofino has been keeping the success over the years. Three hands, coupled with an elegant date window, not too complicated and just appropriate, this is the symbol of elegant taste. Rugged self-winding automatic movement precisely and reliably counts the passage of time. 40mm rounded case makes the whole watch look more slim.
Genuine Watch Specification:
Movement: 35110, automatic, 42-hour power reserve.
Crystal: Sapphire crystal that features two-sided AR Coating.
Water Resistance: 3 Bars
Case: Stainless Steel, 40mm in diameter, 9.5mm thick.
Here come the leading role we are going to discuss today, the left one is the best version of MK factory that uses 2892 movement, the right one is from an unknown factory, we call it X.
The left is X factory, the right is MK version. You can see the MK has a little yellowish dial color, I have checked many pictures and found the genuine Portofino also has the similar dial color like MK.
Genuine watch is 40mm, MK version is 39.7mm and X factory is 39.8mm.
One obvious feature of IWC Portofino is that it is very thin, so many IWC Portofino replicas in the market today are too thick because they are equipped with 2824 movement, now those Portofino replicas with 2892 or 9015 movement inside are selling well. About the pictures below, the upper watch is 2892 version, the one at the bottom is 9015 version. Actually, genuine watch is 9.5mm thick, the Portofino replica with 2892 movement is 9.9mm, the 9015 version is 10.3mm thick. In my opinion, the thickness will become a very important factor when you are going to buy an IWC Portofino replica watch.
Letter Spacing of 6 and 12 Hour Markers:
Pictures order: MK-X factory-Gen. You can find the letter spacing of the two factories are a little larger than the genuine watch.
I think on the dial of replica watches, the biggest difference lies in their date window. See the picture below, MK Portofino has a smaller date font and its date font position is not correct. The Portofino from X factory has a silver background on date window, which is close to gen.
The two versions have the same IWC lettering as genuine, which is light in color and the font is not that thick like the replica.
The caseback engraving on MK Portofino has the same lettering space as genuine. Besides, the caseback engraving is also very close to gen.
The Portofino replica from MK factory has a quality clasp, it is better than X factory. See the pictures below.
Open the case back, there is the movement. You can see replicas coming from big and famous factories will engrave letters inside the case back, but small factory will not do this.
MK uses 2892 movement, while X factory uses 9015 movement, which has a better stability and low repairing rate, this is the reason why I really like watches that use Japanese movement.
Two Portofino replica watches are all good, there are no obvious flaws, the imitating level is higher than Portuguese.
Here comes a group of pictures of my IWC watch.