Founded in 1868, Iwc Watches Gold Replica prepares to celebrate its 150-year history in 2018 with five limited models from different collections, and the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” watch is the most accessible among them. Aside from the “150 Years” in the names, all share the lacquered dial with printed numerals – all white except the Da Vinci Automatic you see here in blue. This is not simply a “small-seconds” version of last year’s three-hand Da Vinci Automatic (hands-on here), as it represents an in-house movement option with a new member of IWC’s 80000 family of movements.
IWC “150 Years Jubilee” Collection. From top left: IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW505002); IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW504501); IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW590202); IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW358102); IWC Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW459304)
The Da Vinci has gone through a number of redesigns since it was introduced in 1969, housing the first Swiss quartz movement, the Beta 21. IWC reimagined the Da Vinci collection last year to re-introduce a round Da Vinci case shape with prominent articulating lugs. One thing I can say for the new Da Vinci watches is that articulating lugs are usually something I appreciate, but – and maybe it’s just me – it seems like the dressy, restrained character of the round Da Vinci is already pretty well represented at IWC by the Portofino and Portugieser collections.
The IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” is 40.4mm wide and 12.1mm thick in a steel case, with a water-resistance of 30m – even though it’s clearly not a sport watch, something designed as a daily wear like this could have perhaps had a bit better water-resistance rating as a promise of general durability. The brand tells us that the dials are created with “up to 12 layers” of lacquer, flat-polished and brushed, and then printed several times. The hands are rhodium-plated, and date-haters will not have that to complain about here, as IWC has chosen to omit a date display.
The 82200 movement is the most notable element of the Iwc Watches In Houston Tx Replica Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” watch. It builds on the 80000 family of movements, as those found in, say, some Aquatimer watches. The automatic 82200 operates at 4Hz with a nice 60-hour power reserve and features a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Like other IWC movements, the 82200 uses the Pellaton bi-directional winding system and ceramic parts for their wear-resistance. It’s visible through a sapphire caseback, with Geneva stripes, circular graining, and a skeletonized gold rotor with an “IWC Anniversary medallion.”
Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW459304)
Alongside the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” is another Da Vinci for ladies, the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW459304) that has a 36mm (of course) 18k red gold case and 206 diamonds with a price of $29,900. It’s powered by the IWC “35800” movement that is a Sellita SW300-1 base with a moon phase display at 12 o’clock, operating at 4Hz with 42 hours of power reserve.
IWC is the only large watch manufacture in southern Switzerland ( other brands are in western Swiss areas). IWC Schaffhausen was set 1868 by the U.S. watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones to unite the craftsmanship of Switzerland watchmakers together with the technology abilities from the U.S. to manufacture movements and timepiece parts for the USA. IWC is unique among similar firms for keeping detailed records for each and every watch created since 1885. Since 1885, caliber, substances used and cases are tracked. Younger IWC watches have been displayed in the records with reference number, delivery date and the name of this licensed dealer. Every IWC collector can ask for this information for many watches older than ten years. IWC says it can repair and service all watches created since 1868. IWC Schaffhausen moves in more affordable watches and chronographs (IWC Portuguese Chronograph) are from ETA. Impressive watch models include the Aquatimer, Ingenieur, Portuguese, Da Vinci, Portofino in addition to Pilot’s Watches.Swiss watchmakers IWC are well known among collectors for its watches they’ve produced for a variety of militaries such as Britain’s Royal Air Force. The DNA of these historic military layouts still pervades IWC’s collection, most prominently at the Big Pilot’s series and the Pilot’s Mark XVIII, each of which can be military-styled, aviation-oriented pieces. Currently, IWC have released a set of special editions of these versions, the Mark XVIII Heritage and Big Pilot’s Heritage, available in new materials and equipped with unique calibers of varying specification.
IWC is continuing to highlight the updated Da Vinci by including it in its birthday celebration models, and an in-house movement might help get the attention of watch enthusiasts more than last year’s basic three-hand models using the Sellita-based 35111. While the Iwc Watches Heathrow Airport Replica Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW358102) is limited to 500 pieces, it is quite possible that another non-limited iteration will join the collection soon. Price is $9,550. iwc.com
I mentioned this variant had a surprisingly light premium over the non-limited model. Special edition watches often cost considerably more than their standard siblings, many times with no other motive than that it is labeled a special edition and possibly has another dial color – and for some supposed “exclusivity.” This can be very frustrating for watch collectors. This makes it more appealing for the collector who enjoys the Ingenieur lineup but wants something different and less common than the regular offerings – and in a year where we’ve seen “limited edition” runs of 2,012 or 6,000 pieces, 250 pieces makes it feel much more “rare” indeed. Picture this: in 2016, you felt inclined to purchase one of those strictly limited-edition-only IWC Ingenieur watches, thinking it is a one-time opportunity to find a new-old spin about the Ingenieur… Well, worry not for those who have not, because IWC now is starting essentially the same watch with a few fundamental cosmetic tweaks along with three completely new models – a time-only, two chronograph models, and a chronograph perpetual calendar – in what’s now a new IWC Ingenieur collection.As a newcomer and the entry-level model, we have exactly the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40 as seen previously, with references IW357001, IW357002, along with IW357003 starting at just under $5,000 and going up from there as you update for a steel necklace or a good 18k red gold case. Inspired by the IWC Ingenieur benchmark 666, the very first Ingenieur that dates back to 1955, the silver dial version on black leather seems closest to its predecessor.