After a long life, this reference was no longer produced. But there always was a desire to recreate a new IWC Yacht Club model. That came to fruition in January 2010 at the Geneva watch show, SIHH. The new model, which continues as a best-selling one a decade later, is known as the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph, reference IW3902. This watch model defines the concept of an elegant timepiece with sportiness and flair.
When first introduced, some collectors expressed that the model should have had those 1960s flared-lugs. But instead of that anachronism, the design captured the true essence of the Yacht Club: a sporty and classy watch. It combined that spirit with the size and classic design of the original Portugieser. And it then added the ultimate sports tool: a chronograph. This new model also contains the IWC acclaimed in-house chronograph movement, caliber 89360. Above all else that new model combined its technical attributes with elegance and function.
Several variations have been produced, including steel models sporting silver or black dials and an exceeding beautiful red gold model with a slate dial. Given its intended elegant/sporty nature, the Portugieser Yacht Club has a screw-in crown, a crown protector and is water resistant to 6 Bar (approximately 60 meters). Not a diving watch, but an elegant one that should withstand the splashes on deck – and with élan.
It also works well onshore at the clubhouse. Welcome to the club!