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01/13/23
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Lot #1872

IWC DaVinci Ceramic Perpetual Calendar Moonphase Automatic 3755

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Introduction

First released in 1969, the IWC Da Vinci began life as an integral part of IWC’s attempt to maintain relevance in the rapidly evolving world of horology following the launch of the world’s first quartz timepiece, Seiko’s Astron model. With its integrated bracelet and thin hexagonal-shaped case, it also foreshadowed the future of luxury watchmaking whereby the AP Royal Oak, Patek Philippe Nautilus, and Vacheron Constantin 222 would become intensely popular. However, the Da Vinci quickly evolved and became IWC’s medium to demonstrate their highest level of watchmaking excellence, a vehicle to showcase their innovation. As such, in 1985 IWC decided to challenge the quartz movement’s dominance and release a movement that flew in the face of what was ‘in’ and it was Kurt Klaus’ ingenious perpetual calendar movement, the IWC cal. 79261 based on the iconic Valjoux cal. 7750 chronograph movement. With that movement in hand, IWC wanted to create a special watch for their very special movement, and so they created the IWC Da Vince ref. 3755-01 that we have here. The first watch to feature a ceramic case, it is boasts a two-tone construction made of black ceramic and 18kt yellow gold, which is then contrasted again by a white dial. Featuring articulating lugs that house a black leather strap with an 18kt yellow gold buckle, the ref. 3755 is a special watch that wears unlike anything to ever emerge from the vintage quartz-dominated era that it originally resided within.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Papers

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

IWC

Dimensions

39mm x 14.3mm

Model

DaVinci

Movement

Automatic IWC cal. 79261

Reference

IW3755-01

Bracelet

Leather strap

Year

Circa 1986-1995

Condition

Excellent

Material

18kt yellow gold and ceramic

Included

Watch, box and papers

Dial Color

White

THE DIAL

Housing a rather traditional white dial, the ref. 3755's display is clear and legible with four sunken subdials and a year indicator. It is only when you delve into the subdials does this watch reveal its complexity.

THE CONSTRUCTION

The first watch to feature ceramic within its construction, the ref. 3755 boasts an 18kt yellow gold and black ceramic case with articulating lugs to provide a fittingly complex housing for IWC's most advanced movement at the time.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information. PLEASE NOTE: The perpetual calendar mechanism has not been tested.

Condition

Watch shows very light signs of use. Some oxidation and light surface scratches on the gold parts of the case.

Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, the exotic skin strap will have to be removed.

Our Perspective

With its incredibly complex movement and space-age construction, the ceramic ref. 3755 has come to define the turning point during the quartz crisis when mechanical watches finally turned the tide and put the spotlight back on themselves. While AP makes an excellent ceramic perpetual, IWC is the only brand that can lay claim to being the first to make one.

Sam Hines

Managing Director