The IWC Da Vinci Automatic 40mm Replica Watches

Coming out of SIHH, it was the complicated watches from IWC’s Da Vinci collection that were getting most of the attention. This includes both the Cheap Replica Watches very complicated models like the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and the smaller complications such as the ladies’ moonphase. But for me it’s the time-and-date model that stands out as my favorite piece in the collection. It piqued my interest a few weeks ago, but after spending a few days with it I found myself enjoying it even more than I’d expected.

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Cheap Replica Watches

There’s no two ways about it – the Da Vinci collection is polarizing. People generally love it or hate it. I’d say that while I have no vitriol directed towards these stylized watches, they’re definitely not my favorites from IWC Replica Watches and I’d probably even fall closer to the second camp than I would to the first. However, there’s a lot to love about the Da Vinci Automatic, even if you might not think it’s a watch you’d naturally gravitate towards.

Replica Watches

Replica Watches

Think of this watch as the pure distillation of the codes that comprise the new Da Vinci collection, with everything that makes them what they are and nothing extra. The watch starts with a 40mm stainless steel case and I really applaud Cheap IWC Replica for resisting the temptation to make this a 42mm beast. I think some of that comes down to wanting the watch to appeal to both men and women, but regardless of the reasoning, I’ll take it.

Cheap IWC Replica

Cheap IWC Replica

Immediately you’ll notice that rounded bezel and the distinctive articulated lugs. The former nicely frames the dial and gives the case some extra oomph. The latter, paradoxically, look big but actually help the IWC Replica Watches wear smaller than you’d expect. They are hinged at the case, and carry the bracelet end link, nicely hugging the wrist and holding the case down tight. That said, they’re still a lot of look and one of the reasons many find the Da Vinci tough to imagine on their wrist. I found them much more comfortable than expected and when paired with the bracelet they don’t look nearly as dramatic.
The dial is my favorite thing about the new Da Vincis though. Hands down. It’s not even close, really. This model has a rich slate sunburst finish that turns various shades of blue, purple, grey, and brown, depending on the light. Even just wearing the IWC Replica around the office, I could get three or four dial colors on the walk from my desk to the conference table. The hands are nice and sharp and the fancy numerals are applied and stand tall off the main dial. Even that date window at six o’clock is finely cut and the slim numbers just show though.

IWC Replica Watches

IWC Replica Watches

Turning the watch over, you’ll find a rather simple caseback, which I like here. Nothing fancy, but nothing fancy is needed. Underneath is a simple automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve and hacking seconds. It’s called the Cheap IWC Replica, which is the company’s version of the Sellita SW300-1. This is the same caliber you’ll find inside the basic Portofino watches as well as the 36mm Pilot’s watches.

IWC Replica

IWC Replica

The IWC Replica Watches comes in two versions. The model shown here on a stainless steel bracelet will retail for $6,400, while the model with the silver-plated dial, gold numerals and hands, and alligator strap will retail for $5,400.

IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch

At the IWC watches booth at SIHH 2016, the theme will be all about pilot watches with two of the flagship limited edition models being the new IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 55 and the related IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 48. Each of these watches is directly inspired by the 55mm-wide IWC Big Pilot’s Watch the company produced in 1940 for military purposes. Pictures of the original 52-calibre T.S.C.are below, with one amusing one showing the comparative 55mm-wide size with other older IWC pilot watches.

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A few years ago at SIHH, IWC also chose its pilot watch collection as the main aesthetic theme of the year. Then, it was all about modern aircraft and jet fighters with an emphasis on some new Top Gun versions of Cheap IWC Replica. Thus, my suspicion is that this year in 2016, the theme at the IWC booth will be one of more historic flight to recall the World War II-era origins of the 1940 watch that inspired these two new limited editions.Truly, the main difference between the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 55 and the Big Pilot’s Heritage 48 is the size of the case. The former being the same 55mm width of the 1940 original, while the slightly higher-production IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 48 will predictably come in a 48mm-wide case that is going to be actually wearable for more wrists compared to the almost novelty-sized 55mm-wide model.

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The 98300 movement is thinner than the calibre 59215 used in the IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 48 watch, but is otherwise a lot simpler in its operation with a 2.5Hz frequency and a power reserve of 46 hours. The movement is often easily identified by its long fine adjustment needle. Here, however, you can’t view the movement through the intentionally sparse solid titanium caseback.It is also worth mentioning that the IWC Replica Watches cases are both water resistant to 60 meters, and each also uses a soft Faraday cage on the inner part of the case to add a high level of magnetic resistance to the watches. The crowns are also fitted with “high friction clutches” that prevent the watches from being overwound. These were originally developed to protect the delicate movements inside of pilot watches from being wound too much, as aviators were often winding them using gloves and could not as easily feel resistance from the movements during winding.

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Going back to the dial, it is nice to see the classic flieger Cheap IWC  return with the beige-colored lume and use of “triangle with two dots on the side” icon placed under the 12 o’clock hour indicator. Legibility should prove to be excellent for the dials as well, and I look forward to seeing how the blued hands play with the light as well as the other textures and finishes on the dial of these IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 55 and 48 watches.Inside the smaller 48mm-wide model is the also IWC in-house-made calibre 59215 manually wound movement. In my opinion, this is the one to be more excited about, as it has a long power reserve of 192 hours and operates at a modern frequency of 4Hz. IWC matches each of the IWC Replica Watches with brown calf leather pilot-style straps with the iconic-looking rivets on them.