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Back in 2008 IWC ingenieur automatic preis replica watch released a collection called”Vintage” which was a bit of a misnomer. It was the start of the significant retro watch trend and IWC ingenieur automatic chronograph imitation watch released a collection of gorgeous vintage themed variations of their modern collection. The kick was each of those pieces really did have a true history. So it had been fresh watches based on original vintage watches, but not 1:1 layout reproductions of those watches. All these were trendy and an IWC Vintage Ingenieur was a part of this collection. I believed that putting”Vintage” from the name could make some people today believe that they were real antique watches.

As I understand this, the first Ingenieur view was IWC ingenieur automatic test replica watch response to Rolex’s Milgauss watch collection — for scientists and engineers. Those utilitarian ideals are sort of missing as it is a luxury watch today, but the piece is still as handsome as ever. While dressy by today’s standards it’s a distinct masculinity to it. It is a dad’s watch. Not a dad of today’s watch, however, a daddy of yesterday. It is sober while effective, and attractive without being the least bit cuter. This view looks good in a board room or while bowling. In brown, it seems just as fine as the black and steel model from 2008.

The Vintage Ingenieur watch is 42.5mm wide in steel with closely blended polished and brushed surfaces on the case. The prominent lume-coated dauphine hands blend nicely with the used hour indicators. Lume dot auxillary hour mark assist round-out the dial. Though the dial does obviously have lume, by today’s standards it is not going to be as bright as say a dive watch given the modest quantity of SuperLumiNova put on the dial.

Within the IWC Vintage Ingenieur is an IWC Ingenieur Automatic Replica watch made standard 8011 automatic motion that was originally published in the mid 1990s. It’s the brand’s Pellaton winding system and can be a great looking movement. What I like a lot about many of IWC’s in-house movements are that they’re intended to be large and fill up the whole caseback. As such, the grade 8011 automatic is visible through the caseback of the watch.

500 of these pieces will be made globally for 2012. IWC ingenieur automatic 500.000 a/m imitation watch places”2012 Limited Edition of 500 pieces” on the back of the watch published onto the sapphire caseback window. Each market is only going to receive a few pieces — largely under certain retailers. It’s unclear to me how far the mainstream user is still interested in very”classic” looks, but a piece like the IWC Vintage Ingenieur feels more retro than classic, and stands on its own today being only a bit fashionably dated in its own layout.