A Review Of IWC Da Vinci Automatic Men’s Replica Watch
The IWC Da Vinci Replica Automatic is sized at 40mm, which by modern standards can often be considered a unisex size. It’s slim at 10mm thick and the proportions are ideal for a replica watch that’s meant for both men and women (note that this year also saw the release of the 36mm-wide IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 that is specifically for women). I, for one, don’t have much of an issue with a 40mm case and find these measurements to exist somewhere within the sweet spot in terms of comfort and versatility. It’s good to see IWC push women’s replica watches that aren’t exactly dainty or explicitly feminine as well. They made a similar move last year with the IWC Pilot’s replica watch
Automatic 36 which, funny enough, was the same size as the original Mark XI. But hey, either way, I’m not one to complain about more women wearing IWCs and the brand has certainly grown in their consideration of the female demographic and how they market to them.
I did want to include the image of the advertisement for a previous Da Vinci line here just because it’s interesting and hilarious to see just how dated it looks. It’s like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving. Anyway, just wanted to share that little bit of irony since IWC is marketing more to women than ever this year. Back to the replica watch…
The dial is simple, which can mean elegant for some or boring for others. With a time-only layout and unobtrusive date placement at 6 o’clock sitting within a well-contrasted seconds track. Both the silver-plated and slate dial finishes serve as nice backdrops for the polished Arabic numerals and the lancet-shaped hands, which are both color-matched for their respective dials. One thing you’ll notice is that the twin frame bezel is actually quite pronounced, and its combination with the convex sapphire crystal results in a compact, vintage-inspired look.
A noticeable feature is the set of horn lugs which are hinged and meant to adjust to the wrist’s contours for a closer fit. It’s a great addition for smaller wrists and a design touch that recalls some of the earlier replica watches in the Da Vinci collection like the Da Vinci SL Automatic Ref. 3528.
We’ve seen IWC do some amazing work with Santoni and naturally, the silver dial Ref. IW356601 comes with a Santoni alligator leather strap fitted with a stainless steel pin buckle. It’s a logical pairing, though you can’t help but love the slightly more aggressive styling of the Ref. IW356602 with its polished stainless steel bracelet meant to match the slate dial. Either of the configurations provides a pleasant wearing experience, and it will be interesting to see how much after-sales support IWC will provide in the way of compatible strap options.