The International Watch Company, abbreviated to IWC, used their Ingenieur range for their most technologically cutting edge watches.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
From the supplied paperwork that matches the serial number on the case back we can accurately date this watch to being sold in 1989.
The Ingenieur range was launched in the 1950’s to show off IWC’s new anti magnetic automatic movement. While automatic movements had been around for a few years, IWC were the first to combine a high anti magnetic case with an automatic movement. In 1985 the Ingenieur model was the World’s first watch to be reliably made from Titanium, a material far harder and lighter than steel but very difficult to work.
This watch is one of those early titanium models, model number 3360. This features the ‘parchment’ dial that resembles 1mm graph paper that was introduced on the Ingenieur models, a sapphire crystal (unmarked on this example) and a screw down crown, signed with the fish IWC use to show the watch was waterproof. Both the crown and the bezel are made from 18k solid gold, but despite this the whole watch, including the bracelet, only weighs 58g. That’s about 100g lighter than a modern Seiko divers watch in steel with a steel bracelet. Of course the modern Seiko is far larger, but at the time the ideal watch was small and slim, and this fits the brief ideally. Behind the screw down case back is an IWC 2210 quartz movement, which is based on an ETA ebauche. The bracelet is long, and has both an extra link as well as a built in extender in the clasp, and also retains the 18k gold IWC branding.
This watch will be supplied with the original outer cardboard presentation box, albeit tatty, inner zipped box, original guarantee papers, a spare link and our Certificate of Authenticity.
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Width with crown 35.1 mm
Width without crown 32.0 mm
Between lugs n/a
Lug to lug length 36.5 mm
Case Thickness 6.1 mm
Bracelet maximum length 190 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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