|Location||United States, California, Thousand Oaks|
|Price||price on request|
|Power reserve||44 h|
|Case diameter||39 mm|
|Moonphase, Chronograph, Date, Month, Year, Perpetual Calendar|
IWC has long been a widely respected, top-tier, watch firm for over 100 years. They have single handedly set the standard for pilot watches. IWC watches have blended aesthetics and horological pedigree with more than fair pricing. The Da Vinci is arguably their most impressive watch, given that it is an automatically winding perpetual calendar with chronograph, priced like ordinary chronographs from their elite Swiss competitors.
At any price, this is a great watch. IWC introduced the Da Vinci at the 1995 Basel Fair. At the time, the retail price was half of the next lowest priced perpetual calendar (much less a perpetual chrono). And, unlike so many perpetual calendars, the Da Vinci allows setting of the many calendar indications from the crown, versus the much more common system of push buttons set into the case sides of other perpetual calendars. The caliber itself is also very robust, and has gone on to be the best selling perpetual calendar caliber of all time. Unbundled from the chronograph, this same calendar mechanism appears in the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Perpetual, the IWC Novecento perpetual and several other perpetual calendars.
Case is stainless steel with dimensions of 39mm in diameter by 14.3mm deep. Lugs are moveable to ensure a comfortable fit on any wrist. Screw down caseback, screw down crown. Water resistant to 30 meters.
Dial is black, and before I forget to mention it, the moonphase disc has the prettiest stars of any I have seen. Applied hour markers and straight hands, both with luminous. The dial is very complex, so I'll describe all of the indicators: At 12 o'clock is a subdial for chronograph 30 minute totalizer and moonphase, at 3 o'clock is the date indicator, at 6 o'clock is the month and 12 hour chronograph indicator, and at 9 o'clock is the constant seconds and day indicator. Between 7 and 8 o'clock is a 4 digit year indicator, showing not only year but also century!
Movement is IWC's automatic Caliber 79261 with 39 jewels and power reserve of 44 hours. Movement is finished, assembled and regulated by hand.
The IWC Da Vinci perpetual calendar chronograph is an important wristwatch and offers more watch for the money than any other complicated watch, hands down.
Watch is in clean, complete condition with everything including the additional centuries calendar display part. Bracelet is original IWC mesh with the full complement of links.
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