Picture this: in 2016, you felt inclined to purchase one of these strictly limited-edition-only IWC Ingenieur watches, thinking it is a one-time opportunity to get a new-old spin about the Ingenieur… Well, worry not if you have not, since IWC ingenieur vintage replica watch today is launching essentially the same watch with a few fundamental aesthetic tweaks along with three completely new models — a time-only, two chronograph versions, and a chronograph perpetual calendar — in what is now a new IWC Ingenieur collection.
As a newcomer and the entry-level version, we have exactly the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40 as noticed previously, with references IW357001, IW357002, and IW357003 beginning at only under $5,000 and going up from there since you upgrade for a steel bracelet or a good 18k red gold case. Inspired by the IWC Ingenieur benchmark 666, the very initial Ingenieur that dates back to 1955, the silver dial variation on black leather looks closest to its predecessor.
It is a little-known actuality that before the Ingenieur was launched in 1955 IWC ingenieur dual time replica watch had produced some army pilot watches with soft-iron cages in order to look after the moves from the ever stronger magnetic fields within the ever-more developed and better-equipped cockpits of their 1940s. Ditching the pilot watch DNA the IWC Ingenieur has been a handsome-looking dress watch made for — you guessed — engineers compared to pilots. The collection received its most noteworthy overhaul in 1976 when Gerald Genta redesigned it but that’s a different story.
This was to say that things are going back to basics in exactly the same manner as we found with the old-new Da Vinci (hands on here): the IWC Ingenieur Replica watch Automatic 40mm, closest to the first among the four new models, provides a good conservative dimension (most notably the exact same as a Rolex Submariner) with an”IWC grade 35111″ beating inside. The 35111 is a foundation Sellita SW300 which in turn is a ETA 2892 clone, which helps explain some of the purchase price gap between the Ingenieur Automatic and the Submariner. It runs at 4Hz and provides 42 hours of power reserve, ensuring that it won’t be a top choice for those searching for a more modern motion in this price segment.
It’s designed to be a relatively high-quantity-production automatic chronograph caliber with a 7750-like layout but having a pillar wheel replacement the cam-actuation system being the most notable difference. Running frequency stays 4Hz, and power book is 46 hours so other specs are rather near the famed workhorse chronograph caliber. Aesthetics-wise what is new about it than the last year’s limited edition is that it currently has the massive and consistently striking IWC ingenieur amg imitation watch winding rotor with big cutouts and beveled borders as opposed to the rather underwhelming stamped bit that has been present on the 2016 models. According to last year’s comparable models expect the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph’s cost to begin from around $7,200.
The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport is a titanium-clad, 44mm-wide alternative to the above triple-register sporting a complex IWC Caliber 89361. It offers a more striking 68 hours of power reserve, a more innovative automatic winding system and the more sophisticated display of chronograph hours and minutes on one sub-dial in 12 o’clock.
The heavy-hitter in the new-for-2017 set is the IWC ingenieur blue dial fake watch Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, a 45mm-wide and 17.5mm-thick bit in 18k red gold, dependent on what’s really a impressive movement, the IWC ingenieur history imitation watch Caliber 89800. Constructed on the exact same 89000 bases as the Chronograph Sport, this bit farther adds a perpetual calendar to the mixture, spiced up with electronic signs for the month and date at 2 and 10 o’clock, respectively. A neat layout tweak is how the apertures are styled by what seem to be more sub-dials — although the functionless tracks in their periphery might encounter as a design no-no in the eyes of watch design purists.
This latest expansion of this round-again IWC Ingenieur set is a sensible move unless you are one of people that picked up a small variation annually thinking that was a rare chance. From the 40mm-wide automatics through the chronographs, these make for a good core collection while the perpetual calendar continues to impress with that special movement. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport very explicitly lacks colors (probably to not battle with the limited variant of 2016) making it more safe than arousing of a design. Prices for all of the distinct IWC Ingenieur testimonials and model variations, we’ll add when IWC makes them accessible.