In SIHH last January, IWC Ingenieur Replica watch introduced their new Ingenieur collection, including over a dozen fresh timepieces from the revamped line. While most press attention from the collection concentrated on the in-house calibers, casing materials and array of complications from the new 46mm versions, I was won over by the smallest and easiest of the group — the new 40mm steel automatic”base model”, reference 3239.
Unlike the prior iterations it replaces, the 2013 Ingenieur Automatic is the most honest return into the styling of the original Gérald Genta masterpiece, the 1976 Ingenieur SL. Genta is obviously known primarily for his work on some different 70s timekeeping icons, namely the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (published in 1972) and the Patek Philippe Nautilus (also released in 1976). Of this trifecta, the Ingenieur has been the most coolly received, and sales were slow for IWC ingenieur amg replica watch, with rumors of under a thousand pieces sold in the first eight decades of production.
The integrated steel bracelet is similarly an homage to the first, featuring brushed H-shaped connections with rectangular facilities. The installation clasp is included IWC ingenieur amg gt imitation watch, and attributes release pushers on the sides, an improvement over other mechanisms on integrated bracelet layouts (I’m calling you out, Royal Oak).
Unlike a lot of sports watches on the market today, IWC’s designers controlled themselves on the case back, and this is solid steel instead of the apparently omnipresent display back. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I am not a fan of display backs on anything but the most exceptional of fabrication moves, so I was happy not to have some reason to complain !
This is the only version in the entire Ingenieur range to be anti-magnetic. This is surprising because the original Ingenieur was created from the start to become an engineer’s view, great for environments with powerful magnetic fields.
Which brings me to the motion. Contrary to the bigger 46mm models from the new set, the 3239 uses the IWC calibre 30110, which is a modified ETA 2892, said by IWC ingenieur dual time replica watch to be a base Sellita. This is an established, robust tool watch motion with a 42 hour book that’s easily serviceable and very reliable. Although pedestrian compared to their new in-house calibres, I’m personally not put off by the selection. The 2892 serves its function nicely and keeps the price reasonable. And with IWC’s incredible (and deserved) popularity, I doubt it’ll dissuade most purchasers. Furthermore, I’m sure IWC will create in-house movements to fit smaller pieces in the next several years, as IWC (and parent company Richemont) go away from third party suppliers entirely.
Due to our buddies at IWC ingenieur vintage imitation watch, I had been lucky to get my hands on a few of the very first bits available to examine in the USA. As I attended events with it within the last couple of weeks, it received plenty of attention from fellow watch journos and enthusiasts alike. The design was universally praised– and many agreed that it was the highlight of this new Ingenieur collection. Although the price/movement discussion came up frequently, most agreed that the value proposition weighed heavily in its favour. I know I don’t talk for myself when I say we would love to find a version with an in-house movement in the not too distant future, but are fearful of what the price tag might seem like on a single. Right now this is the only”re-edition” 70’s Genta masterpiece available new for under (and in this instance, well below ) $15K, making it a true bargain.
Despite its worth, the biggest appeal of the brand new 3239 Ingenieur for me is entirely in its own design. As a fan of Genta’s classic design language, I’m impressed with all the sincerity of the homage. Modern flourishes from the hands and dial do not detract from the vintage styling, and also the bit wears quite comfortably on the wrist. As with everything IWC ingenieur history fake watch is setting out, the fit and finish are spectacular. Finally that is a winner of a timepiece, and a proper successor to the classic Ingenieur SL. iwc.com