The Basics

IWC introduced its perpetual calendar mechanism for wristwatches in 1985 in the Da Vinci reference 3570. It was a spectacular novelty at the time. Critically acclaimed and powered by its price that shook the industry, the module would grow out to be the most widely sold perpetual calendar mechanism – not only fitted to the Da Vinci collection, but in adapted form in the Novecento, the GST, the Pilot’s Chronograph and various models by JLC, including the current Master Ultra Thin Perpetual . It would also serve as the base for the IWC’s Grande Complication and their masterpiece of the time, the spectacular Destriero Scafusia. The ref. IW8153-001 has a case of yellow gold with diamond-set bezel and lugs and a white dial with German markings. Sapphire glass was available at request while plexi was the standard option.

Brand: IWC
Family: Da Vinci
Reference: IW8153-01
Name: Da Vinci Perpetual Yellow Gold / German / Diamond
Produced: 1985 – 2003
Limited: No

Below is a detailed look at IWC’s model IW8153-01 from Da Vinci watch family, including the price, case details and movement features.

IWC Da Vinci IW8153-01

The Details

IWC’s Da Vinci Perpetual Yellow Gold / German / Diamond (IW8153-01) was originally released in 1985 – 2003. This watch features a automatic movement beating at a frequency of 21600 bph (3 Hz) to provide a 44-hour power reserve when fully wound.

The Case

The yellow gold case measures 39mm in diameter and roughly 14.3mm thick, with 19mm lug width. The round case is paired with a silver color dial with stick-shaped hands, and a stick / dot hour markers and minute track, covered by a plexi glass. IWC’s Da Vinci model IW8153-01 is water resistant up to 30 meters (98 ft). A solid caseback is over the back of the watch case.

Material: Yellow gold
Glass: Plexi
Back: Solid
Shape: Round
Diameter: 39mm
Height: 14.3mm
Lug Width: 19mm
W/R: 30

Case Diameter

Case Thickness

Lug Width

Water Resistance

The Movement

The Da Vinci IW8153-01 movement is a powered by caliber 79261 made by IWC. The 39-jewel automatic movement is 30mm in diameter. Its balance wheel oscillates at 21600 semi-oscillations per hour or 3 Hz. This movement offers a 44-hour power reserve.

Type: Automatic
Brand: IWC
Caliber: 79261
Base: ETA 7750
Display: Analog
Diameter: 30mm
Jewels: 39
Reserve: 44 hours
Frequency: 21600 bph
Time: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds
Chronograph: Chronograph

The Price

How much does the IWC’s Da Vinci IW8153-01 cost? This watch was introduced in 1985 and has been in IWC’s collection for around . This watch is not a limited release. As with most luxury watches, the price of depends on the availability and demand.


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  • Brand: IWC
  • Model: Da Vinci Perpetual Yellow Gold / German / Diamond
  • Reference Number: IW8153-01
  • Limited: No

Case & Dial:

  • Material: Yellow gold
  • Glass: Plexi
  • Back: Solid
  • Diameter: 39
  • Thickness: 14.3
  • Lug Width: 19
  • Dial Color: Silver
  • Indexes: Stick / Dot and Stick-shaped hands
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters


  • Winding: Automatic
  • Brand: IWC
  • Caliber: 79261
  • Display: Analog
  • Diameter: 30mm
  • Jewels: 39
  • Power Reserve: 44 hours
  • Frequency: 21600 bph
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds

About IWC

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IWC is based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and was founded in 1868. Its signature lines are the Pilot’s Watches and the Portugieser, while other famous collections are the Aquatimer, Portofino and the Da Vinci. Many of IWC’s designs display a industrial type of beauty not often found in Swiss watchmaking. The same goes for its movements; while of very high standards, they are finished with an … engineers touch rather than that of an artist. One could very well say that IWC’s approach to watchmaking is more German in nature compared to many of its competitors; the ‘form follows function’ adagio is one held in high esteem in Schaffhausen. Notable watches and innovations created by IWC in the past include the digital ‘Pallweber’ pocket watch, the late 1930’s Portugieser, the 1985 Da Vinci with Kurt Klaus perpetual module, the split-seconds mechanism as designed by Richard Habring and the ceramic Da Vinci and Flieger 3705 – introduced many years before the material became fashionable. IWC also pioneered the use of titanium in wristwatches. In recent years, IWC has had a strong focus on in-house movements with prices rising accordingly. IWC is part of the Richemont group.

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