The IWC Yacht Club is an elegant yet robust wristwatch. Current models are part of the Portugieser collection. These luxury watches have an in-house caliber with stopwatch and flyback functions for timing events.
- Current models with in-house caliber 89361
- Reference number 3905 with stopwatch and flyback function
- Stainless steel or 18-karat gold cases
- Incredibly efficient winding system
- Power reserve lasting up to 68 hours with the caliber 89361
IWC Yacht Club: Robust All-Purpose Watch Since 1967
The IWC Yacht Club wristwatch has a 50-year history. The International Watch Company (IWC
) introduced the first version of this watch - sans chronograph - in 1967 at the Basel watch fair. Thanks to its double shock protection
, the watch was especially robust, making it perfect for sports. Furthermore, IWC incorporated the so-called Pellaton winding system
into the watch starting at the end of the 1960s. This system is considered especially efficient, as it uses minute movements of the oscillating mass to wind the caliber. It is able to wind the mainspring, the portion of the caliber that stores energy, in both directions. The inventor of this system is Albert Pellaton, who was the technical director at IWC from 1944 to 1966.
Since 2010, the Yacht Club has belonged to the Portugieser collection
. IWC introduced the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph
with reference number 3902
that same year. The in-house caliber 89361 powers current models with reference number 3905. The chronograph movement functions as a stopwatch: You can time 1/4ths of seconds as well as periods up to 12 hours
. The movement also features a flyback function, which has its origins in aviation. A flyback chronograph is unique in that it only requires one push-piece to control stopping, starting, and resetting the chronograph. The chronograph is reset and starts again as soon as you let go of the push-piece. Regular chronographs without a flyback mechanism require you to push the push-piece three times to reset and restart. The IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph is the sportiest watch in the classic and elegant Portugieser series.
The IWC Yacht Club is the ideal wristwatch for people with a passion for the sea. Current models are perfect for activities in water thanks to their rubber strap and waterproofness to 60 m (6 bar). With the help of the chronograph function, you can time up to 12 hours. Prices for pre-owned stainless steel models start around 7,000 euros. New stainless steel models cost around 8,500 euros. An 18-karat gold Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph costs about 14,000 euros. For a new gold watch, you should be prepared to spend around 17,000 euros.
If you want to purchase a vintage Yacht Club from IWC, then you should plan to spend at least 1,500 euros for a three-hand watch. An 18-karat gold watch in good condition usually costs around 8,000 euros. Many vintage Yacht Clubs are reminiscent of Omega Seamaster Cosmic watches from the 1960s and 70s due to their round cases.
IWC Yacht Club: The Flyback Chronograph
The Yacht Club Chronograph is the sportiest model in the Portugieser collection. Unlike all the other watches in this series, it has a protected, screw-down crown
. Furthermore, these watches with reference number 3905 are significantly larger than the normal Portugieser Chronograph. While the Yacht Club has a diameter of 43.5 mm, the Portugieser Chronograph
only has a diameter of 40.9 mm. The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph with reference number 3902 is the largest version of the Yacht Club with a diameter of 45.4 mm. IWC reduced the diameter of reference number 3905 by about 2 mm at the request of many IWC fans.
Watches with reference number 3905 are available in stainless steel or 18-karat red gold. You have the choice between a silver-plated or ardoise (slate) dial. The small seconds is located at six o'clock, the date display is at three o'clock, and the chronograph counter is at 12 o'clock. You can time up to 12 hours using this watch. The central seconds hand is also the chronograph seconds hand, which keeps track of timed seconds. With the help of the scale on the rehaut, the edge of the dial, you can even time 1/4ths of seconds. The minute track is reminiscent of railroad tracks; this design is typical for Portugieser watches. The Yacht Club Chronograph is the only model in the collection to feature luminous hands and hour markers.
The front side sapphire glass is domed and anti-glare on both sides. The screw-down crown and see-through back ensure waterproofness to 60 m (6 bar), while a crown guard protects the crown from damage.
The in-house caliber 89361 powers the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph with reference number 3905. This automatic movement has a power reserve of 68 hours. With the help of the stop-seconds, you can set the time to the exact second.
- In-house caliber with stopwatch and flyback functions
- Stainless steel or 18-karat red gold case
- Case diameter: 45.4 or 43.5 mm
- Luminous hands and indices