Best IWC Watches for Men
The Luxurious Watch Review team chose five IWC watches for men to be in our top 5 list. Read on for you to learn more about the IWC brand and to further understand how we put this list together.
1. IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph IW376501
The latest Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium from IWC Schaffhausen utilizes the advanced 79230 calibre, in a 45-millimetre titanium case that surprisingly creates a powerful presence. The titanium is lighter than steel and with its unique color, it strengthens the male character of Ingenieur Double Chronograph watch and this is what I love about this watch. As one of the most expensive materials, titanium stands out for its complete corrosion resistance, as well as for small thermal and electric conductivity. Also, titanium is 43 percent lighter than steel, yet stands out for its total corrosion resistance and low thermal and electrical conductivity.
For the first time, the watch family has a rattrapante or a split-seconds hand in other words. Strikingly technical, the newcomer is a real eye-catcher. Another “first” is the satin finish of the titanium case, with a silky-matte, gleaming cover. Further exceptional features comprise the five screw heads on the bezel, which are coated with DLC or diamond-like carbon. They perfectly blend with the appearances of the crown protection and black rubber-coated push-buttons. Vulcanization is certainly the ideal approach to balance the stocky look and feel of the controls. The improved dial comes across as attractive, definite and precise. The color blue was used for the first time as a way of distinguishing the displays which create a right combination that suits well to this watch. The subdials for the small seconds, minutes, and hours are recessed into the dial, while the luminescent material in the holes of the rhodium-plated hands looks black. It's an essential function for a watch that emerges only during after dark. The designers omitted the soft-iron inner case because of the weight and the case height of 16 millimeters. The convex casing ring endures the promise of exceptional ergonomics and, weighing just 130 grams in total, and the watch is convenient to wear. The Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium is surely a match for extreme conditions, with proven water-resistance to 12 bars, a sturdy Ingenieur rubber strap, screwed back and crown, and sapphire glass with an anti-reflective cover on both sides.
A double chronograph or a split-seconds-hand implies a technical expansion to the chronograph mechanism, permitting measurement of two separate times in a single one-minute period. Take it this way, the two central stopwatch hands start moving if the chronograph is changed on by one push of the button. The second chronograph hand is not instantly visible as both hands are precisely overlaped which maintains the choice of a repeat time measurement in a one-minute period. The chronograph hand on top stays still by pressing the third push-button at “10 o'clock” with the chronograph switched on, while the bottom one goes on until held by touching the regular start or stop button at “2 o'clock”. This technique permits measurement of two separate short periods of time. Press the split-seconds- hand button again to instantly return the split-seconds hand covering the chronograph's hand although it doesn't not matter if the chronograph hand is either at a standstill or running. Achievement of this function describes the distillation of a high watchmaking expertise. This is an Ingenieur worthy of the name, in both function and appearance.
2. IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW371445
For the past seventeen years, Portuguese Chronograph has been the most desirable timepiece in the Portuguese family and the first watch in this line which the time could not only be read but also measured. This watch is housed in a stainless steel one. The excellent looking case with a fixed bezel measures near 41 mm in diameter and 12.3 mm in thickness. Considering the size of the case, as well as its design, the watch is suitable for both men and women. Also, there is a screw-in crown and two chronograph push-buttons on the right side of the case.
What I do like about this watch is its organized dial that features fashionable Arabic numerals and leaf-styled hour and minute hands. Two recessed sub-dials located at 6 and 12 o’clock positions enhance the harmonious appeal of the watch. The upper one is a 30-minute chronograph counter, while the lower sub-dial is a small hacking seconds counter. One more retro-charming detail on the dial comes with a raised bar for the seconds and minutes which nicely round its surface.
The watch is equipped with a highly efficient Caliber 79350 mechanical movement which is an IWC-modified movement based on the famous Valjoux 7750 which itself is a synonym for sturdiness, reliability, and accuracy. The self-winding movement built on 31 jewels conserves 44 hours of power reserve when fully wound and changes at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The case itself is guarded on both sides with convex sapphire glasses with anti-reflective covers and gives decent water-resistance up to 30 meters or 100 feet below the water surface.
3. IWC Pilot Black Dial Chronograph Automatic IW377701
Quickly noticeable as a Pilot's watch, the IWC Pilot Chronograph is sophisticated, sexy, and a pure classic. I am always attracted to a timeless design and this watch has it. The modern use of red on the dial is limited and just the perfect amount. Furthermore, the overall design and layout on the dial are completely remarkable. This watch will be making me smile for years to come.
This has been expanded by 1mm to 43mm opposed to its previous model although the increase in size is minimal, it works perfectly for this timepiece. The case design is pretty straight forward and is regularly brushed with delicately refined top chamfer edges. To match this, the bezel has an astonishingly thin glossy side that is just magnificent to look at. It has a soft iron casing that provides the watch an antimagnetic property. The sapphire crystal is slightly domed and has an anti-reflective coating on both sides. The case back is secured and has the regular IWC engravings. The rear edges of the case are a bit sharp but don't seem to affect comfort. These edges must not be this sharp. The chronograph push buttons are gleaming and do not have a screw-in function. Finally, the polished screw-in crown has the usual IWC logo.
A more modern look of the watch is apparently seen on its redesigned dial which is a complete printed dial, it doesn't does not look or feel cheap. The red sideways triangle at three o' clock matches the red running second's hand flawlessly, adding a little of color to the dial. The expanded subdials fill out the dial better now, making it more proportional. Also, the addition of Arabic numbers to mark every 5-minute increments on the outer ring seems surprisingly good. I think IWC did a incredible job in redesigning a classic which is never an easy task.
The automatic caliber 79320 chronograph movement inside is a modified Valjoux 7750 movement with a 44-hour power reserve. It features a chronograph and day-date complication. Also, an iron casing protects the movement from magnetism.
At 43 millimeters wide and 15 millimeters thick in steel, this watch wears huge, but very pleasantly. It is no doubt masculine in symmetries but misses to look overly-sized, which is a great thing. IWC did a great job in emphasizing the dial's size through keeping the bezel thin and ensuring that the primary function of the device is smooth all thanks to the right selection of textures on the dial and the big variation in the face and the markers or hands.
4. IWC Aquatimer Black Dial Black Rubber IW329001
The redesigned Aquatimer Automatic features the new internal or external bezel system and a simple 3-handed dial. This newcomer possesses one more technical improvement which is the water resistance that is increased from 120 meters to incredible 300 meters or 1,000 feet.
The new bezel system gives the timepiece a more refined look and feels, notwithstanding the growth of a protective cover for the sliding grip mechanism on the left-hand side of the case. Appreciations to the satin-finished and polished surfaces, the new watch gives premium-quality appearance. Also, a wise mixture of shapes and colors makes the new Aquatimer entirely appropriate for water activities, for a voyage to the Galapagos, and for daily business meetings.
The watch’s case is crafted from stainless steel, just like its bezel which has been instantly inspired by the Porsche Design, designed Ocean 2000 timepiece that Schaffhausen-based manufacturer produced in the early 1980s. Moreover, IWC used two colors of Superluminova substance with one tone being a light marine green and the other being white. Both colors are used on the dial, hands and the inner bezel.
This timepiece is equipped with the caliber 30120 mechanical movement that is capable of keeping the watch ticking for about 42 hours when it is fully charged. The self-winding mechanism has a beating rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and it is built on 21 jewels.
The Aquatimer is an expensive sports watch that looks just as great with a suit, as it does with a pair of boardshorts and a tank top. Eventually, though, it's a dive “tool” watch, and therefore, it must meet certain standards.
ISO 6425, a designated test standards by the International Organization for Standardization that requires a real dive watch to have the following:
1. time controller
2. anti-magnetism, shock resistance, luminosity and band solidity guidelines
3. water resistance down to at least 100 meters or 330 feet
All Aquatimers fulfill these requirements.
5. IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII IW327001
The latest Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is an inspiration from the 1948 Mark 11 timepiece that had all the requirements of the specific observer’s watch. This iconic watch was robust, water and temperature-resistant, extremely accurate and relatively easy to maintain. The new Mark XVIII features the same features as the Mark 11.
As the manufacturer reports it, the new timepiece is “decreased to essentials.” It is a single three-hander enclosed for supreme legibility. It is shielded against magnetic tracks by a soft-iron cage and had a screw-in glass that remained sudden drops in pressure.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is housed in a round, stainless steel case which measures 40mm in diameter and 11mm in thickness. The case is just 1mm narrower than the previous model in the lineage – the Mark XVII. Also, it is shielded with anti-reflective sapphire crystals and formed to resist water pressure up to 60 meters or approximately 200 feet.
Below the front sapphire glass lies a large and evidently intended dial which includes Arabic numerals as hour markers with two exemptions: there is a white triangle with a single dot on either side for best legibility instead of the numeral “12”, and there is a traditional date window instead of the numeral “3”. The propeller-shaped minute and hour hands are covered with a glowing material for better legibility.
From the rear, there is an engraved depiction of a Ju-52 aircraft from the 1930s. That is because the designers took their motivation from this iconic airplane’s cockpit devices which have worked as the model per se for perfect pilot’s watches.
The beating heart of the watch is a reliable and precise caliber 30110 mechanical movement that encourages up to 42 hours of power reserve. The 21 jewels mechanism oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
IWC are fundamentally marketed to men and typically emphasize incredible large and proclaimed watch faces. They are acknowledged for building efficient, robust and comfortable to wear watches not just for men but also women. Their simple design have driven them to stand out. What do you think about these five handsome IWC timepieces for men? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below or if you have something to say, just hit the comment section. 🙂