Ceramic is a go-to for many watchmakers today. Loved for its hardness, scratch-resistance, and hypoallergenic properties, this material is mostly used for sports watches.
While watch companies like Rado and Omega began experimenting with scratch-proof materials like tungsten carbide in the 1960s, it wasn’t until the 1980s that IWC introduced the world’s first proper ceramic watch. Dressy yet highly practical, the IWC Da Vinci perpetual calendar (ref. 3755) was introduced in a mix of ceramic and yellow gold, and later on, made available in various finishes.