IWC Ingenieur Watches from LSMwatch.com
The Pilot watch was the direct predecessor to the Ingenieur watch, released by IWC in 1955, with a continued focus on protection against magnetic. IWC created the Ingenieur watch with a specific clientele in mind: engineers, technicians, chemists, pilots, doctors, and other profession that may require exposure to magnetic field which could potentially damage the delicate inner mechanism of a watch. The 1950's would bear witness to the rise of rapid progress in areas as wide ranging as electrical technology, mechanical engineering, communications and transport dramatically increased the presence of magnetic fields and therefore demonstrating a need for a watch that could endure such extreme external pressures. Yet even with all of the watches technical features, the Ingenieur still holds a certain discreet elegance even as the watch houses technical functions calling for a case that was unusually large and thick by the standards of the day. It was also at this time that IWC designed the stylized lightning logo that was to become the hallmark of the Ingenieur watch. The original Ingenieur watch from IWC featured an automatic movement that was entirely crafted by IWC.
In the 1950 IWC released the 85-series calibres automatic movement with a central seconds hand: this automatic movement became a standard in most Ingenieur watches and this model of the watch went on to become bestseller in the IWC collection. This automatic movement was produced in association with the Ingenieur watch until 1958.
In the late 1970's IWC began to fit some of the Ingenieur SL watches with a quartz movement. The new Ingenieur watch models were slimmer, more elegant and the first to feature the signature “graph paper” pattern on the dial. Over the next few years the Ingenieur watch would remain exclusively a men's watch; this ,however, would change briefly in the 1980's IWC management decided to overhaul and expand the SL line resulting in a number of ladies’ models of the Ingenieur watch gradually appearing on the market only to be phased out again by the late 1980's. The large size of the Ingenieur watch has brought it into view as man's watch.
In 2005 IWC relaunched the next generation Ingenieur watches with featuring a brand new 80111-calibre movement offering a perfect glimpse of mechanical engineering epitomized in a timepiece shape
IWC followed the release of the updated Ingenieur watch with the debut of the Big Ingenieur featuring a 45.5mm case housing a huge 51113 calibre movement, and Pellaton Winding along with a seven day power reserve for the watches.
The latest model of the Ingenieur watch was debuted in 2013 as part of a comprehensive relaunch of the collection. The present Automatic model of the Ingenieur watch bears its inspiration from the Jumbo SL model launched in 1976. With a beautiful finishing rendered to the IWC Ingenieur Automatic, the fine polished bracelet accomplishes the admirable style of the watch. The circular shaped dial complements the leather or stainless steel bracelet while the sharp edges of the watch are well polished with the detailed brushing giving a gleaming effect to the timepiece. The well-engraved surface of the case back featured with the AR coating with a sapphire crystal glass covers the case offering an exceptional level of protection to the automatic watch. Beside the huge dial size of 42mm, the wristlet suits everyone perfectly. Most watches in the Ingenieur collection now feature automatic movement.
The Ingenieur watch has long been a staple of the IWC tradition that has thrived in the watch making world for well over half a century, re-enforcing IWC as a standard in the art of watches.