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    IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    Which one would you choose as an everyday work watch (wearing suits/smart-casual)? And why?


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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    AP 15400 please! Nothing particularly wrong with the IWC Portuguese Auto but the AP is in a different league (for me) in terms of case, dial and bracelet finishing. The AP also wears much thinner than the IWC if that matters to you.

    Can't comment on the movement, both are probably very good I presume. The IWC does have a longer power reserve but apparently has issues with accuracy.

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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    Both are fine watches, indeed. I am in the opinion that the Royal Oak is one of the best entry level "haute-horlogerie" pieces available on the market. The 15400 will certainly dress down better than the 5001 and will be easier to match up with different attire (i.e., you will not have to change the 15400 bracelet out to match your shoes/belts like you would with the 5001).

    In case you aren't aware- be prepared for AP's service costs if you do end up going for the 15400 as they are not exactly cheap :)
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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    i'd go AP in black...
    Its a little more price to pay for a whole lot more to get

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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    The Portuguese is a nice looking watch. However, the AP Royal Oak is one of the most iconic watches made, with an in-house movement. It also is more versatile than the Portuguese with that bracelet.
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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    Yeah two totally different but beautiful watches. The AP is twice as much and in another league, horologically. If you were to narrow down to a 3 hander vs a chronograph based on your needs, the answer is easier. I suppose a balanced comparison would be the RO or VC Overseas and Portuguese or Transocean Chrono. Good luck, you can't miss here.
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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    because you guys don't seem to know, Portuguese Automatic is not the chronograph.

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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    I would go with the AP. The movement on it is just so beautifully balanced in appearance and decorated, and the mechanical design is sound as well. It has the distinction of being the first luxury steel watch, which caused so much of the industry to follow suit (Patek came out with the Nautilus shortly after, then Vacheron presented the Overseas, then Rolex started marketing their tool watches as high end luxury watches). I just had the pleasure of seeing one in person and found that the polished bevels really sparkle in the light, but in an understated way. Also, I would not recommend you go with the black dial. In the photos you posted the watch looks readable, but in person when the silver hands are reflecting something black it's very difficult to read them against the tapisserie dial. The white dial is much more readable.

    As mentioned earlier, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a more comparable watch. I've handled both, and found that the Overseas has a better bracelet and the guilloche dial looks better in person to me. It also has magnetic shielding. However, the AP has a better looking movement that you can actually see, and has a more appealing design to me overall. Both watches are getting into the high end market, and will cost you about $2000 to service.

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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    Not...even...close. The AP.
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    Re: IWC Portuguese Automatic or AP 15400

    I would choose the AP Royal Oak 15400 over the IWC Portuguese in a heartbeat. While the 7 day movement in the IWC Portuguese Automatic is very nice, the $12K asking price seems excessive compared to offerings from JLC. As mentioned by many, the natural comparison to a AP Royal Oak is the Vacheron Constantin Overseas. At a higher price point, consider the Patek Philippe Nautilus, and at a lower price point, consider the IWC Ingenieur.




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