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IWC Portugieser 40mm or JLC Polaris Automatic?

OldState

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I’m looking to purchase a new watch. Something that will can work with a suit but more time spent with business/smart casual attire. Looking to hear your opinions on design and of the brands

Here are the two I’m considering

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Phileas Fogg

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Both brands are solid. Of the two, given the needs you’ve described, I’d lean toward the IWC. It’s a bit cleaner and I think would work better with a suit.

The JLC is a bit too “sporty” and in my opinion.

At the price point you’re considering, have you considered anything from JLC’s Reverso series?
 

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Both brands are solid. Of the two, given the needs you’ve described, I’d lean toward the IWC. It’s a bit cleaner and I think would work better with a suit.

The JLC is a bit too “sporty” and in my opinion.

At the price point you’re considering, have you considered anything from JLC’s Reverso series?
Thanks for the reply. I think the Reverso line is beautiful and I like several models. I just feel it’s a bit too dressy for what I’m looking for....even though it was designed as a sports watch 😉
I’m going to check out a white version of the IWC today and compare it to the JLC. I’ve long been a big fan of JLC as a company and I think I really want to like this one more, but to be honest their aren’t many of their designs I like except for the Polaris and Reverso. I think this new smaller IWC Portugieser 40mm line is stunning....and boasts a newer in-house movement to boot.
Here it is in white/silver
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Phileas Fogg

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Thanks for the reply. I think the Reverso line is beautiful and I like several models. I just feel it’s a bit too dressy for what I’m looking for....even though it was designed as a sports watch 😉
I’m going to check out a white version of the IWC today and compare it to the JLC. I’ve long been a big fan of JLC as a company and I think I really want to like this one more, but to be honest their aren’t many of their designs I like except for the Polaris and Reverso. I think this new smaller IWC Portugieser 40mm line is stunning....and boasts a newer in-house movement to boot.
Here it is in white/silver
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both are nice. I just think the IWC is able to straddle that line a bit better. The JLC Master ultra thin is nice too and around the same price point:

 

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The Portugieser is beautiful. Of your original two choices, I would opt for that one. I'm a big fan of blue dials and that IWC is stunning. JLC also makes a beautiful blue-dial version of the Master Ultra Thin, and, to my mind, is a classic dress watch.

Buy the watch that speaks to you. That's really all that matters.
 

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The Portugieser is beautiful. Of your original two choices, I would opt for that one. I'm a big fan of blue dials and that IWC is stunning. JLC also makes a beautiful blue-dial version of the Master Ultra Thin, and, to my mind, is a classic dress watch.

Buy the watch that speaks to you. That's really all that matters.
Just looked at the white IWC and black Polaris on a bracelet. The JLC looks very casual and about the same as in pictures...though the bracelet in much nicer in person.

The white IWC looks a lot better in person! They only had a new Portugierser chrono in blue to compare. I was way in the blue camp but after seeing the white in person it’s a coin flip! The white is a lot more legible.
The size of both is absolutely perfect on my 7 1/2” wrist.

Decisions! Hoping my wife will approve a Speedmaster too since it’s our 15th anniversary 😳
 

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Just looked at the white IWC and black Polaris on a bracelet. The JLC looks very casual and about the same as in pictures...though the bracelet in much nicer in person.

The white IWC looks a lot better in person! They only had a new Portugierser chrono in blue to compare. I was way in the blue camp but after seeing the white in person it’s a coin flip! The white is a lot more legible.
The size of both is absolutely perfect on my 7 1/2” wrist.

Decisions! Hoping my wife will approve a Speedmaster too since it’s our 15th anniversary 😳
Happy anniversary to you both. :)

(I'm also a Portugierser fan.)
 

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The best most accurate rendition of the colors I could find. White still is a bit better in person. Blue is a tiny bit less impressive than seen here
 

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