Today, I’d like to share the perfect fake IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar ref. 3750. This is a neo-vintage classic in solid 18K yellow gold that you can pick up for less than €10,000. Maybe RJ’s penchant for gold is rubbing off on me, but this is a segment that I’ve been exploring quite a bit recently. There are indeed some great gold copy watches for sale out there that come in under the psychologically satisfying €10K mark.
In all honesty, though, I’m still quite surprised that an aaa quality replica IWC perpetual calendar is one of them. While today’s example has an asking price of €9,900, it’s not uncommon to see this watch sell for €1,000 less. These photos are rather nice, though, so without further ado, let’s see what we have here…
The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar is a stunningly significant watch
While many watch enthusiasts are familiar with the general history of the Rolex Submariner or Omega Speedmaster, far fewer, I believe, can say the same about the luxury replica IWC Da Vinci. Admittedly, I was quite ignorant of it as well until just this past year. Having found the styling and price of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar attractive for years, I finally decided to dig a little deeper and found a fascinating story.
A brief historical background
Kurt Klaus, now a veritable living legend in Swiss made fake IWC’s history, joined the Schaffhausen watchmaker in 1957. Fresh out of watchmaking school, he began his work there by assembling movements. Eventually, though, Klaus caught the favor of the company’s technical director, head of production, and movement mastermind Albert Pellaton. In this wonderful interview, Klaus recounts, “From him, I learned the engineering of watch movements. I never have been in engineer school. I came direct from watchmaking school. But Albert Pellaton transformed to an engineer.” When Pellaton retired in 1966, he left quite a legacy of mechanical innovations, including the Pellaton winding system, which I highlighted here. But perhaps the greatest indicator of Pellaton’s impact on cheap super clone IWC was his mentorship of Kurt Klaus, who would usher IWC into a new era of complicated watchmaking.
In the mid-1980s, the 39mm double-tiered case with its domed crystal struck the desired balance between tradition and modernity. One of its most distinguishing characteristics was its swiveling lugs, which allowed the strap to fit well regardless of one’s wrist size. Burtscher penned the design in 1984, and by 1985, after nearly five years, Klaus also completed working prototypes of his caliber 79060. Swiss movement replica IWC presented the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar ref. 3750 at the watch fair in Basel on April 11th of that year. Industry figures took notice immediately, applauding Kurt Klaus’s complete reimagination of the perpetual calendar complication. With this, it seemed, mechanical watchmaking had a future. To the surprise of everyone at IWC super clone for sale, the fair resulted in over 100 orders for the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar. By November of 1985, high quality fake IWC had made 500 examples, and the watch became a tremendous success.