IWC Da Vinci



The first Da Vinci was unveiled at the Basel Watch Show in 1969. The Da Vinci (Ref. 3501) had a distinctly technical appeal and, with its hexagonal gold case, gold bracelet and elongated hour markers, it revolutionized aesthetic standards: it was an immediate bestseller. Unfortunately, global economic conditions worsened noticeably while the value of the Swiss franc and the price of gold rose drastically. In 1976, in an attempt to counter these factors, IWC launched the SL Collection, which also included the classic Da Vinci models. The steel and bicolour versions of the Da Vinci were leading models.

IWC DA Vinci Family classic watches

In 1985, IWC launched the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 3750), which rapidly established itself as the company’s top seller. IWC’s head designer at the time, Kurt Klaus, had the ingenious idea of creating a mechanical chronograph with a perpetual calendar, moon phase display and four-digit year display. The complex mechanism is extremely easy in practice because the displays for the date, day, month, year, decade, century, millennium and moon phase can all be set simply via the crown. The circle, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s favourite geometrical figures, determined the round shape of the watch case with its four inner subdials and two semicircular push-buttons. With its outstanding technology and comparatively low price, the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar launched all those years ago exceeded everyone’s expectations. It became a long-standing bestseller and later a much-loved icon of IWC. In 2007, IWC presented new versions of all the Da Vinci models in tonneau-shaped cases.

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph IW392101
Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

—Reference 3921

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IWC Da Vinci Automatic IW356601
Da Vinci Automatic

—Reference 3566

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For the first time ever at IWC, the Da Vinci Chronograph (Ref. 3764) integrated the “watch-in-watch” principle: in other words, a chronograph that could be read off directly and whose stopped minutes and hours appeared on a display similar to a normal watch. Other highlights back then were the limited Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Edition Kurt Klaus (Ref. 3762) and the Da Vinci Automatic (Ref. 4523), whose big digital date display was an enormous hit with IWC customers. In 2009, with the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. 3761), Schaffhausen’s engineers added the first flyback chronograph with a perpetual calendar, digital leap year display and a digital display with large numerals for the month and date. Ten years later, in 2017, IWC returns to the circular case and watch lovers can look forward to new complications. The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the first watch from IWC to combine a mechanical chronograph with a perpetual moon phase display on a small subdial at “12 o’clock”, while the Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph ingeniously unites a classic tourbillon featuring a retrograde date with a sports chronograph on a single dial.

IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 IW4583

The Da Vinci Automatic, Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 models all have a classically simple design and bear IWC’s unmistakable signature. The case back of the Da Vinci 36-millimetre models is engraved with a geometric figure, the so-called “Flower of Life”. For many thousands of years, the harmonious geometry of the 19 intertwined circles has been known as a symbol of energy in many cultures across the world and it contains numerous mathematical rules and universal laws. Leonardo da Vinci was inspired by the form of the Flower of Life as well, studying its mathematical properties in extensive artistic drawings. He used the findings drawn from it for many of his buildings and artworks due to its perfectly functional and aesthetic proportions

IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 IW458310
Da Vinci Automatic 36

—Reference 4583

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