Online Watches Guide: IWC Portuguese Chronograph vs. Orient Cosmos & Symphony

November 8th, 2012 Posted in Watch Comparisons | 7 Comments

Shopping for watches online? Check out this brief guide! Today, we’re comparing some super classy watches, including IWC’s Portuguese and Orient’s Cosmos and Symphony.

Learn more about these watches, and then tell us which watch you prefer!

IWC Portuguese

The International Watch Company, or IWC, was founded in 1868 in Switzerland. Though Swiss in build and origin, the company was actually founded by an American engineer and watchmaker named Florentine Jones.

A manufacturer of classic timepieces that have changed little over the decades, IWC’s Portuguese collection is one of the company’s most notable, signature collections. The collection includes very complex pieces, such as the Grande Complication with a perpetual calendar, perpetual moon phase display, and chronograph, and simpler pieces, such as the Portuguese Chronograph, which we’ll focus on in this article.

The Portuguese Chronograph is an IWC-manufactured 31-jewel, self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with a 44-hour power reserve. It comes in red gold or stainless steel.

Fairly decent in size with a 40.9mm diameter, the Portuguese Chronograph, despite its super classic and subdued style, will undoubtedly stand out. Retailing between $16,400 and $7,900, the IWC Portuguese Chronograph still seems out of reach for most.

Let’s check out the competition.

Orient Cosmos & Symphony

They’re not chronographs, but Orient’s classic watches, Cosmos and Symphony, fit the bill (quite literally) if you’re seeking a timeless watch that’s a bit more affordable than the Yacht Club. Take a closer look at each of these watches…

Multi-eyes and a textured dial define the Orient Cosmos, separating this watch from other similar styles. Orient’s caliber ET46B mechanical movement with 40-hour power reserve and a date and day calendar complete this watch.

Water resistant to 50m, the Cosmos offers a straightforward, solid stainless steel case, and 4 unique variations on the design. A bit smaller than the Yacht Club, the Cosmos measures 40mm without the crown. Retailing between $220 and $230 depending on the style, Orient’s exclusive discount code for online watches makes the Cosmos even more affordable.

A bit more subdued than the Cosmos, the Symphony offers 11 unique variations in the collection. Each model, however, features essentially the same things like an exhibition caseback and Orient’s in-house mechanical movement with 40-hour power reserve and date calendar. Slightly larger than the Cosmos, the Symphony weighs in at 41mm without the crown.

Water resistant to 30m, the Symphony is fast-becoming one of Orient’s bestsellers. This is in part due to the watch’s classic look, recalling Orient’s unique heritage, and simplicity. Yet, simple as it may be, the Symphony really stand out. In fact, a recent reviewer called this watch “simply stunning,” which really sums it up.

This watch is also a favorite because of its affordability. At $210, the Symphony, like the Cosmos, is made even more affordable using Orient’s online watch discount code.

Want more on the Symphony? Check out this review with photos.

Which watch do you prefer and why? Leave us a comment below!

  1. 7 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Michael Ashmore on Nov 8, 2012

    I have the both the black-dial and white-dial Bambino. They are absolutely my favorite watches. Orient watches are most definitely the best value in a watch, period.

  3. By Brandon J. on Nov 8, 2012

    I cannot tell a lie, as much as I like the Symphony I’ve got to give it to the IWC Portuguese here. Short term I’d take the symphony, but the IWC Portuguese has been number 3 on my dream list for some time now. Also, I’ve always had a thing for simple chronographs. I feel like the Orient Monterey would been a better comparison even though it is a quartz.

  4. By Naveed Haider on Nov 9, 2012

    I have five Orient watches. They are exceptionally wonderful to wear and i have no problem interchanging them with watches that cost far more.

  5. By johnny garcia on Nov 19, 2012

    they are nice and hope I can win one too show off to every one

  6. By Richard Medlin on Nov 25, 2012

    I have to say, even though I really like the Cosmos, the Symphony is my favorite. It’s bold and stylish at the same time. Definitely worth purchasing.

  7. By Ken DaSilva~Hill on Mar 12, 2013

    No doubt about it, the IWC is a most beautiful watch with a classic and elegant style to both the casework and dial, I love it. At £1000 it would sell like hot cakes to people with real taste and a love of fine things. At £5000 it would be for the lover of fine craftsmanship. At £16400, it has passed beyond being good value, whatever the material of the case. Commonsense however indicates that the Orient ( personally I dislike both of these Orient watches from the design point of view ) is both the best value and most wearable watch here. With evening dress I might just go with the symphony, as the black version does have understated cool. For me the Cosmos just misses with the rather cluttered and awkward looking sub dials. However, the Orient range is large, so finding the perfect watch for one’s personal taste is never difficult.

  8. By Doug on Oct 2, 2013

    Are we just going to completely ignore the fact that the IWC is an automatic chronograph, which happens to be one of the most expensive complications to develop? I mean I’m not huge on IWC, as a lot of their low to mid tier movements are based on outsourced movements, but what you get in the IWC is far superior than what you are getting in those two Orients, albeit different.

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