IWC Vintage Ingenieur Automatic Watch represents a modern reinterpretation of the famous Ingenieur Automatic from 1955. This classical looking timepiece is powered by the rugged Caliber 80111 Mechanical movement with the Pellaton winding system and integrated shock absorber.
The high-precise movement is built on 28 jewels and provides 44 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The IWC-manufactured mechanism offers maximum protection against abrasion, external impacts, vibrations and temperature changes. Thanks to a screw-in crown, Ingenieur Automatic is water-resistant to 120 meters (400 feet) beneath water surface and it can be worn while swimming and even diving. This tough and attractive movement can be viewed through a transparent sapphire-glass case back.
Although the original model from the 1950s was equipped with the legendary soft-iron inner case for the protection against magnetic fields, this modern version omits that function.
Caliber 80111 has also been incorporated in several vintage models, such as Aquatimer Automatic, Da vinci Automatic and Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
The Vintage Timepiece – Perfect for the Demands of the Present-day Life
Depending on a model, there is a choice among platinum, 18-karat white gold, 18-karat rose gold or more common stainless steel cases. The size is the same for all models: 42.5 mm in diameter and 14.5 mm in thickness. For the longevity of this Vintage Ingenieur, the Swiss manufacturer protected its case on both sides by convex sapphire crystals with antireflective coatings. The case incorporates a narrow fixed bezel and a screw-in crown.
Below the front arched-edge sapphire glass, there is uncluttered and extremely legible dial with line markers and luminescent dots as hour markers which are quite useful in low light conditions. The central parts of the hour and minute hands are also filled with luminous materials. Traditionally, at the 3 o’clock position, there is a small date display.
IWC Schaffhausen offers four variants of the Vintage Ingenieur Automatic. The exceptional model with the referent number IW323305 is crafted from platinum and limited to 500 watches worldwide. This version boasts a silver-plated dial and a modern black alligator leather strap. The platinum version is the most expensive in this line and it comes with the retail price of $38,000, but it can be bought on the internet for much less money.
Another exquisite model IW323304 is housed in an 18-karat white gold case and it matches an ardoise dial and a dark brown alligator leather strap. This Ingenieur can be purchased for approximately $17,000. The third model IW323303 sports an 18-karat rose gold case, a silver-plated dial and a brown alligator strap. Its retail price is $14,900. The last, but not the least is the stainless steel version that can be purchased for about $7,000. The model IW323301 features a black dial and the matching alligator strap.