The Portugieser Chronograph is one of the IWC’s most popular watches. First released in the 1990s, this simple yet elegant line is composed of 41mm timepieces with a stainless steel case, a silver-plated dial, and an alligator leather strap. This is one of the brand’s sporty-looking watches (see all of them here), especially the silver and blue model.
If you’re looking for a watch with a similar style but costs less, check out the models we’ll suggest below. This article will feature 11 IWC Portugieser Chronograph alternatives. We’ll also provide links on where you can find them online.
On our website, we also have a number of articles about the brand, such as IWC Watch Reviews and Best Alternatives to the IWC Portofino.
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Best IWC Portuguese Chronograph Alternatives
Hamilton Maestro Auto Chrono
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro Auto Chrono is one of the closest to the IWC Portugieser in terms of looks. The two models look similar: both watches have legible Arabic numeral markers, leather strap, and chronograph functions below 12 and 6 o’clock. Like the Portugieser, the Jazzmaster also has a cut-out design of the number 12 (the IWC has the cut-out style on 12 and 6 o’clock).
The Hamilton Jazzmaster is a bit bigger at 45mm. Other features include a powerful H-21 automatic movement with a 60-hour power reserve. The case is stainless steel with sapphire crystal, with a water resistance of 100m. The strap is calf leather with a grained imitation alligator top. See the different colors available here.
We wrote about Hamilton on the site—check it out to learn more about the brand’s history and collections. We also have brand comparisons with brands like Oris, Orient, Seiko, and Longines.
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope
Known for a Bauhaus-inspired minimalist style, this Junghans watch is a good model to consider if you’re looking for a watch with a big but slim case.
The Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope is one of the brand’s designs that was done in collaboration with designer Max Bill. Known for his minimalist style, Bill translated his simple yet unique aesthetic to the brand’s watches.
This model is a 40mm stainless steel PVD-coated case, scratch-resistant plexiglass, a sapphire crystal, and a matte white dial. This one is also fitted with self-winding movement caliber J880.2 and has a power reserve of up to 42 hours.
Read more about Junghans, its collaborations with Max Bill, and the brand’s collections in this article.
Citizen AO9023-01A Men’s Dress
Known for its Eco-Drive technology that allows the watch to be powered with light, Citizen is a good brand to consider if you’re looking for something that does not require a battery. This watch is a popular gift purchase, with many customers loving the watch for its simplicity and classic look.
The Citizen Corso watch is an analog stainless steel watch with a rose gold-tone case and a white dial and a leather strap. This 42mm model has a Japanese quartz movement, with luminous hands and markers for legibility.
Timex Fairfield Chronograph
The Fairfield is a popular collection by American brand Timex. Like Seiko, this brand is known for making affordable and good quality watches (they’re often compared, which is why we placed them side by side here).
Like the IWC Portugieser, the Timex Fairfield Chronograph watch is 41mm in size. This is a simple quartz analog watch that has Timex’s Indiglo feature, with Night-Light with Night-Mode, there is a date window at 4 o’clock, and the chronograph feature measures to 1/20th second. The case is made of low bead brass and silver-tone case, and the band is leather.
To find out more about the brand’s collections, you can read more at our Timex Watch Reviews.
Seiko Men’s Stainless Steel Japanese Quartz (Model: SSB341)
The Seiko SSB341P1 Chronograph has a stainless steel case, a curved hardlex crystal and a three-fold clasp with a push-button release. This watch has a chronograph of up to 60 minutes in 1/15 second increments, has a 24-hour subdial, and has a date display between 4 and 5-hour mark. This is for those looking for a big chronograph—the size is 43mm.
This is an affordable watch that has a good combination of a sporty and elegant look, making it perfect for everyday wear. Seiko is a respected watchmaker that has been around since 1881 (read more about the brand on our Seiko Watch Reviews here).
We’ve covered Seiko extensively on our site. Aside from a brand review, we also have one on the Best Seiko Watches for Women, as well as brand comparisons like Seiko vs Casio, and Seiko vs Timex.
Fossil Men’s 44mm Townsman – FS5350
Fossil is a good brand for those looking for affordable watches made with good leather. For less than $100, you can have a handsome leather watch with chronograph functions.
The Fossil Townsman (model FS5350) is a 44mm quartz watch with two chronograph subdials. It has a genuine leather strap with adjustable buckle closure. This has received many good reviews with customers saying that it has excellent quality for the price.
This model has a number of versions, and you can also mix and match with different leather and stainless steel straps (see the choices on the Fossil site).
Also check out our 20 Best Fossil Watches for Men article, where we featured other Fossil Townsman models.
Sinn 356 Sa PILOT III
Sinn is a German watch brand known for its pilot watches. This 356 Sa PILOT III is a chronograph, which someone who likes pilot of Flieger watches can consider. This watch, which has a mechanical movement, is made of stainless steel and has a silver guilloche dial, a curved sapphire crystal glass, and a day and date window at 3 o’clock.
This one’s smaller than the IWC Portugieser, but both of them have large, legible markers. It’s a 38.5mm model that has indexes coated with a luminescent color. You can choose from a wide array of straps (alligator leather, calfskin, cowhide, canvas) available on the brand’s website.
You can purchase Sinn watches on their website. For more information on Sinn, you can visit this page, where we talk about the brand’s history, collections, and reputation.
Stowa Marine Classic Chrono
Stowa is a German watch brand known for producing high-quality pilot and Flieger-style watches.
This does not look similar to the IWC Portugieser, but it does have similar qualities, like legible markers, and a 41mm dial (this model has a 43mm option as well). It has a stainless steel case, a silver-coated dial, and a striking detail if temperature-blued steel on the hours and minutes hands.
Powered by caliber Valjoux 7753, the Stowa Marine Classic can also be personalized. The watches are available on the brand’s website, and customers can have engravings on the watches they purchase.
This watch is an award-winning model, too. According to the Stowa website, it won second place at the election for Goldene Unruh by Uhren Magazin and Focus Online.
Longines Master Collection L2.6184.108.40.206
Off the Longines Master Collection (L2.6220.127.116.11), this is an elegant 41mm stainless steel watch with an alligator strap. The Arabic numeral markers are painted, and the silver dial stands out with the blue steel hands.
The movement is an automatic caliber L651, with 42 hours of power reserve. The functions include hours, minutes, and small seconds; and has a chronograph function of central 60 seconds hand and 30 minutes counter. This also has a similar cut-out style of the IWC—the markers at 3 and 9 o’clock are barely seen, as they are being covered by the chronograph features.
Longines watches are not cheap, but this particular model has a more affordable price tag than an IWC Portugieser.
Visit our site for more information on Longines, as well as a list of the Best Longines Watches for Men and Women.
Laco Sylt German Pilot Chronograph 861789
Laco is a German watch brand that has been making high-quality timepieces since 1925. The brand is also known for its big pilot watches, which include the Laco Sylt Pilot Chronograph—a watch with a 42mm stainless steel case, blue leather strap, and a flat mineral crystal.
This German-made watch runs on a Miyota OS10, a quartz movement. It has a date window at 3 o’clock and has legible and bold Arabic numeral markers. According to the Laco website, the brand’s chronographs are handcrafted at their factory in Pforzheim. You can learn more about Laco’s processes here, and also find out more about the brand in our Laco Watch Review article.
Pre-owned IWC Portugieser
There are many second-hand IWC watches available online, and you will definitely find a good quality Portugieser model.
eBay also has new and pre-owned IWC Portugieser Chronographs.
You can also find discounted models on JomaShop.
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