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Reference Number: IW323601
Additional Info: „Mission Earth” Black Textured Dial
Material: Stainless steel
Band Type: Rubber Strap
Band Color: Black
Dial Color: Black Dial
Movement Type: Mechanical with automatic winding
Water Resistant: Water resistant to 120 meters or 300 feet
Crystal: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Bezel: Smooth bezel
Condition: Very good condition
All boxes and papers included.
In the early 1970s, a diver’s helmet inspired freelance watch designer Gérald Genta to adopt a distinctly modernist, technical approach that was to revolutionize watch design. Instead of trying to conceal the screws or functional bores, he left them plain for all to see on the bezel. For IWC Schaffhausen Gérald Genta designed the legendary Ingenieur SL, Reference 1832, which was launched in 1976. Its eye-catching design stood for masculinity: it was rugged and sporty with an undeniably technical appeal, and has influenced the appearance of the Ingenieur watch family to this day.
The Ingenieur watch family’s success story, incidentally, began back in the 1950s. An increasing number of technical appliances generated magnetic fields that adversely affected the accuracy of wristwatches. Engineers, in particular, often worked in areas subject to magnetic fields. By this time, IWC had perfected protection against magnetic fields to the point that creating a new watch class especially for this profession seemed like a good idea. And so, the Ingenieur was born.
The first Ingenieur, unveiled in 1955, was equipped with the first bidirectional automatic movement, developed by the then Technical Director, Albert Pellaton. The Pellaton system winds the movement when the rotor is revolving in either direction, making it significantly more efficient than conventional unidirectional mechanisms. In the late 1950s, the design of the movements used in the Ingenieur watches was successively improved. In the 1970s and 1980s, quartz watches reigned supreme on the world’s watch markets. Even IWC equipped certain Ingenieur models with quartz-regulated oscillators. Technical masterpieces like the Ingenieur SL, which was just 10 millimetres thick, or the Ingenieur Automatic “500,000 A/m” with its possibly record-breaking level of protection against magnetic fields, were the outstanding achievements of this period in the Ingenieur’s history, as was the introduction of titanium for cases.
In 2005 the watch family celebrated a stirring comeback. The Ingenieur Automatic assumed the cool, engineering-inspired aura of Gérald Genta’s Ingenieur SL. The IWC-manufactured 80110 calibre with its Pellaton winding system also featured an integrated shock-absorption system. To mark the partnership between IWC and Mercedes AMG, IWC unveiled two Ingenieur models in titanium. They underscore the values shared by the technology specialists in Schaffhausen and Affalterbach: precision, performance and engineering expertise.