In the mid-1880s, an American operating in Schaffhausen, a German-speaking town in Eastern Switzerland, founded the International Watch Company. Aristo Jones, the founder of the company, had a uniquely American vision of an electrically-powered watch manufacturer, and once hydro-electric power was formed in the area, IWC’s center rapidly became one of the most prolific watchmaking facilities in the world, accepting highly profitable commercial and military contracts all through the World Wars.
Ingenieur is one of the amazing watch lines of IWC. Each Ingenieur timepiece is excellently developed, which is why the Ingenieur brand is associated with toughness and resilience even in harsh environments. The first Ingenieur, introduced in 1955, strengthened IWC’s public image for technical expertise. This exceptional timepiece was outfitted with an IWC-manufactured automatic movement housed in a soft-iron inner case for magnetic field protection.
Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki”
One of the amazing IWC Ingenieur watches is the Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki” Watch. This limited edition wristwatch was created to celebrate the successful 2010 expedition “Plastiki” led by British environmentalist and adventurer David de Rothschild and his team. This beautiful watch with a nice tricolor (blue, white, and gray) scheme is limited to 1,000 pieces globally. David de Rothschild, a phenomenal British from a well-known banking family, and his team traveled across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney in their breakthrough and one-of-a-kind catamaran named “Plastiki.” The catamaran, weighing 12 tons, is kept afloat by 12,500 recycled plastic bottles.
The masculine wristwatch is housed in a sturdy case made of high-quality stainless steel. Its large case measures 46 mm in diameter and 15 mm in thickness. It engraved “ONE OUT OF 1,000” on the left side of the case at 9 o’clock. Caliber 80110, one of IWC’s most rugged movements, is housed within the case. The 28-jewel movement also ensures greater impact resistance thanks to the integrated shock-absorber system. When fully charged, the in-house-made movement has a power reserve of 44 hours. Its case construction ensures water resistance up to 120 meters (400 feet) beneath the water’s surface, making this watch ideal for prospective ocean explorations.
Ingenieur Automatic Edition 2012
This watch pays homage to the first Ingenieur timepiece with an automatic movement, which debuted in 1995. This classic model was the first to use the IWC Automatic movement, which was produced by Albert Pellaton. It has stayed a reference point for watch technology at the highest level due to its pawl-winding system and spring-mounted rotor. It is encased in a stainless steel case and actuated by the caliber 80111 movement, which incorporates the Pellaton winding system and an incorporated shock absorber. The robust and precise mechanism is visible through the case back’s transparent sapphire glass. The 28-jewel movement beats at a fast frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of more than 44 hours. Its masculine, round case measures 42.5 mm in diameter and features a narrow bezel as well as a screw-in crown. The water resistance provided by the case construction is 120 meters (approximately 400 feet). Directly beneath the front sapphire glass is a dial with point-stroke indices and dauphine-style hands that is perfectly legible and uncomplicated.
Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil
This watch pays homage to the iconic Mercedes-Benz racing car, the Silver Arrow W25, whose dashboard featured a stainless steel surround with matching circular-grain decoration. The term “Silberpfeil” is a German word for “Silver Arrow.” During 1934 and 1939, the Silberpfeil was a racing success, winning numerous Grand Prixs and other championships. Although the new watch’s design is inspired by a historic racing car, its heart is an extremely efficient IWC-in-house movement. The caliber 89361, which powers the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil watch, is among the best that fine watchmaking has to offer at the moment. Once fully wound, the mechanical chronograph movement has a power reserve of 68 hours.
Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon
This striking and durable watch is housed in a platinum and ceramic case that measures 46mm in diameter and 14mm in thickness. The bezel has five bores, which is typical of the Ingenieur family. It is protected on both sides by flat, anti-reflective sapphire glass and has a water resistance rating of 120 meters (400 feet). It features an in-house caliber 94800 mechanical movements with a proprietary constant-force mechanism integrated within the tourbillon. As a result, the amplification of the balance remains nearly constant. It guarantees an extremely accurate rate for at least two days (48 hours). The advanced hand-wound movement has two barrels that conserve energy for driving the constant-force tourbillon. It also supplies the required power to the moon phase module. This watch’s stunning dial is especially appealing. The double moon display at 2 o’clock reveals the moon’s position in the northern and southern hemispheres.
Provided the historical significance of the IWC watch line renowned as Ingenieur, determining which Ingenieur models a watch collector should ideally procure can be a true struggle. There are so many excellent examples of the Ingenieur line in IWC’s glorious history that picking just a few becomes a challenging task. Notwithstanding the name’s simplicity, gathering the most amazing ones is far from simple.