In 2006, perfect replica IWC UK began introducing its second generation Portugieser minute repeaters. The watches are strongly reminiscent of the seminal Ref. IW5240 but with subtle changes to the case and dial to carry it over to the modern era of IWC fake watches online. Three variants of the second generation were released in its lifetime, including a rose gold variant that is perhaps the most evocative and classical of the trio. Here, we bring you the details and our thoughts on the Swiss fake IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater Ref. IW5242-02 in rose gold.
The Case, Dial, and Hands
The case of the UK 1:1 replica IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater Ref. IW5242-02 measures 43.00 mm in diameter and 12.50 mm in thickness. Inspired by pocket watches, Portugieser watches do tend to have larger cases. At 43.00 x 12.50 mm, the Ref. IW5242-02 can still be worn with no overhang on the average wrist despite being 1.00 mm bigger than its predecessor, thanks to sharply down-turned lugs. In comparison, its successor, the cheap fake IWC IW544907 that we know of today, has a whopping diameter of 44.2 mm and a thickness of 14.0 mm – dimensions that will certainly demand a larger-than-average wrist size to wield with panache. With a burly full-gold deployant clasp at the end of the brown alligator leather strap to act as a counterbalance, the copy IWC IW5242-02 wears securely on the wrist and doesn’t feel top-heavy in spite of its large watch head.
Crafted in rose gold, the case is given a contrast of finishes, from satin-brushed flanks and repeater track to the polished crown, repeater slide, and bezel. Slim and concave in shape, the bezel accentuates the dial with tremendous efficacy. At the same time, the dome-shaped sapphire crystal gives the dial a sense of depth. The original high quality replica IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater was fitted with plexiglass instead, so the introduction of sapphire crystal to the second generation of repeaters can be seen as an inflection point towards more contemporary design.
The dial is distinctly IWC Portugieser replica for sale with the minimalist design, applied Arabic numerals, and feuille hands. For this rose gold variant, the dial is silvery opaline in execution, with a seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock adorned with fine concentric guilloche pattern. The key differences between the dials of the first and second generation AAA copy IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater watches are found on the ‘IWC’ signature and the minutes and seconds tracks. In the second generation repeaters, the contemporary ‘IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN’ signature is used, whereas the ‘International Watch Co SCHAFFHAUSEN’ signature written in vintage font is used in the first generation. The railway-style minutes and seconds tracks on the Swiss made fake IWC Portugieser Ref. IW5242-02 are another telltale sign of a newer Portugieser watch. Specimens from before mid-00s tend to feature dots for minutes and sticks for seconds.