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IWC Ingenieur Watches: An Homage to Ingenuity 

The engineers at IWC Schaffhausen created a line of rugged Swiss watches that could withstand even the most extreme weather conditions, impacts, and even magnetic fields. They built IWC Ingenieur timepieces using a wide variety of materials typically used in motorsports, such as ceramic and titanium. Both of these materials perfectly highlight the technical yet sport design of the family of Swiss watches.

The IWC Ingenieur collection has several ranges of timepieces. The IWC Ingenieur Automatic range of watches first came into the horological industry back in 1955, and until today, they still boast a classic look that mirrors the original. This collection also has chronographs, which dutifully provides all the information of a chronograph watch with a tachymeter scale. Lastly, the perpetual calendar with digital date-month watches are arguably the brand’s most top-of-the-range models. 

Prices at a Glance: Most Popular IWC Ingenieur Watches

Model

Price (Approx.)

Size

Feature

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph IW380701

$6,999 USD

42mm

  • Titanium case
  • Silver-plated dial
  • Chronograph function 
  • Date display window
  • 70m water resistance
  • Limited edition 

IWC Ingenieur Automatic IW357001

$4,590 USD

40mm

  • Stainless steel case 
  • Sapphire glass 
  • Date window
  • Central hacking seconds
  • 120m water resistance 
  • 42-hour power reserve 
  • 35111 caliber
  • Automatic movement

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Automatic IW380801

$7,950 USD

42.3mm

  • Stainless steel case
  • Sapphire glass
  • Silver-plated dial
  • Chronograph function 
  • Date window
  • 46-hour power reserve
  • Self-winding movement
  • 69375 caliber

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Automatic IW380802

$7,950 USD

42.3mm

  • Stainless steel case
  • See-through sapphire glass back
  • Blue dial
  • Chronograph function
  • Date window, 
  • 120m water resistance

IWC Ingenieur Automatic IW357002

$5,500 USD

40mm

  • Stainless steel case 
  • Sapphire glass 
  • Black dial 
  • Date window
  • Central hacking seconds
  • 120m water resistance 

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph IW380803

$18,200 USD

42.3mm

  • 18ct 5N gold case
  • Sapphire glass
  • Slate-coloured dial
  • Chronograph function 
  • Date window

IWC IngenieurAutomatic IW357003

$13,600 USD 

40mm

  • 18ct 5N gold case
  • Sapphire glass
  • Slate-coloured dial 
  • Central hacking seconds
  • 120m water resistance 

IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month IW381701

$46,300 USD

45mm

  • 18 ct 5N gold case
  • See-through sapphire glass back
  • Perpetual calendar 
  • Leap year display
  • Chronograph function 
  • Flyback mechanism
  • 68-hour power reserve
  • Automatic movement
  • 89801 caliber 

IWC Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon IW590001

$180,000 USD

 

46mm

  • Tourbillon with integrated constant-force mechanism 
  • Moon phase display 
  • Power reserve display
  • 48-hour power reserve
  • Manual-winding movement
  • 94800 caliber 

IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month IW379201

$18,000 USD

46mm

  • Côtes de Genève 
  • Perpetual calendar 
  • Chronograph function 
  • Flyback function
  • 68-hour power reserve
  • 89802 caliber
  • Automatic movement 


 

How much is an IWC Ingenieur watch?

Prices for the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Watches

Released in the mid-1950s, the first-ever IWC Ingenieur Automatic watch combined a functional design with highly accurate timekeeping. The simple dial with striking hands encased in an extremely robust material made this IWC watch perfect for those who seek adventure by day and want a fancy night out. On top of that, powering the first-ever IWC Ingenieur Automatic watch has, at the time, the finest self-winding mechanism in the watchmaking industry.

Nowadays, modern Ingenieur Automatic watches still follow the straightforward concept of the original. A simple design and beautiful stainless steel case can go a long way. Whether you want a watch you can take with you into 300 feet of water or a dress watch for grand affairs, this range of automatic watches should be your reliable choice. So, how much is an IWC watch in this line?

The IWC Ingenieur Automatic ref. IW357002 is a $6,049 USD men’s watch that comes in a 40 mm stainless steel case and bracelet. It features a luminescence black dial and baton-style hands, which are partially open. The hour markers also come in a double baton style in the color silver. Ticking away inside this IWC watch is the caliber 35111, an automatic, self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve. It runs on a frequency of 4.0 hz with 163 components and 25 jewels. This IWC Ingenieur watch movement also features a Côtes de Genève pattern with perlage.

If you’re looking for a sporty dress watch, that’s a bit cheaper, the IWC Ingenieur Automatic ref. IW357001 will set you back only $4,590 USD. This 40 mm watch features a silver-plated luminescence dial with silver double-baton hour markers, except the 12 o’clock marker, which features a triple baton-style marker. Additionally, the dial also features a date display window at the 3 o’clock position. Similar to the ref. IW357002, the hands of this IWC Ingenieur watch feature a partially open design. This Swiss watch comes with a black alligator leather strap that ties in the timeless and versatile character of the ref. IW357001.

However, if you’re not the type to bother with IWC watch price tags and are open to spending more for the ultimate timepiece, the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Ref. IW357003 may be your best bet. This men’s watch comes in an 18K 5N gold case that measures 40 mm in diameter. It features a slate-colored luminescence dial with gold-plated hour markers and hands. The black alligator leather strap measures about 20 mm in width that makes it easy to match with any type of wardrobe.

Prices for the IWC Ingenieur Chronographs

All serious watch collectors know the importance of owning the best chronograph watch. Unfortunately, some chronograph watches for men are all about function and leave little room for design aesthetics. However, this line of IWC Ingenieur chronographs provides not only all the necessary chronograph functions but also provides an elegant character. At the heart of these IWC watches is the in-house 69375 caliber movement with a bidirectional self-winding mechanism and has a power preserver of 46 hours. On top of that, these watches can also withstand being submerged in up to 400 feet (or 120m) of water, thus making them beautiful chronograph diving watches. What’s more, all watches in this range feature a see-through sapphire-glass back, which allows you to have a front-row view of the 69375 caliber. So, how much does an IWC watch cost in this range?

The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph ref. IW380802 is an automatic men’s watch that features a striking blue dial. Housed in a 42.3mm silver, stainless steel case, that borders the oversized watches territory, this timepiece features brushed finished sides with a polished bezel. The vivid main dial comes with applied silver-tone luminous indexes and luminous hour markers. You can also spot the Tachymeter scale on the dial’s inner perimeter. This $7,950 USD IWC watch features three subdials: a 30 minute counter at the 12 o’clock position, a small seconds subdial at the 6 o’clock position, and last, a 12-hour subdial counter at the 9 o’clock position.

If the stunning blue dial of the ref. IW380802 is just a bit too loud for you, another popular chronograph watch is the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph ref. IW380801. This $7,950 USD timepiece provides its wearer all the features and mechanisms of the ref. IW380802, but with a more subtle design. While this IWC watch is also housed in a stainless steel case, it comes with a silver dial with rose gold-plated hands, hour and minute hands with luminous fill. The indexes and hour markers are also gold-plated.

Meanwhile, the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph with the reference IW380803 comes in an 18K 5N gold case that’s perfect for those who want to add another layer of extravagance to their look. This 42.3 mm wrist watch has a slate-colored dial with rose gold plated index and luminous hour markers. The hour and minute hands of this IWC Ingenieur watch also come in rose gold and have a luminous fill. There’s also a printed minute-second and fractions along the second track of the dial, within the Tachymeter scale. Wondering how much this extraordinary chronograph watch is? The ref. IW380803 will set you back around $18,200 USD, making it the most expensive IWC watch in this range.

Prices for the IWC Ingenieur Tourbillon and Perpetual Calendar Series

If you’ve noticed the timepieces in the IWC Ingenieur lean on the more affordable side of luxury Swiss watches. However, this doesn’t mean that the brand doesn’t like to flex its horological innovations. Albeit, this does mean that pricing for more advanced watches will skyrocket. The Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month with the reference IW381701 is undoubtedly the most expensive IWC watch in the Ingenieur line. From the name itself, these timepieces feature full chronograph functions, but include a perpetual calendar with large double-digit displays for the date, month, and even leap year. This Swiss watch also has a flyback function, which for those unfamiliar allows you to stop and reset an ongoing time measurement with the push of a single button. Thus, it’s extremely convenient to adjust the numeric displays using the crown.

This IWC watch comes in a 45 mm case made from 18K 5N gold case on a black alligator leather strap. It comes with a silver-plated dial with black hands hour markings. There are only 100 pieces of the ref. IW381701 in circulation. With its highly complicated functions and limited production, it’s no surprise why it’s the most expensive IWC watch. But how much will this timepiece cost you? The Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month ref. IW381701 will set you back $46,300 USD.

Another range of watches that boast extremely complicated mechanisms is the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon. The manufacturers combined a tourbillon mechanism with a constant force function to create a watch that provides nothing but absolute precision. Ticking away inside these watches are the 94800 caliber movement that utilizes two barrels in order to provide the energy needed by the constant-force tourbillon. These timepieces also come with double moon phase indicators and a power reserve display. Unfortunately, these watches also had limited production, with some watches only having 50 pieces. With that in mind, you can only purchase Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon timepieces from the second-hand market. The IWC watch price tags for these extravagant models can range from $180,000 USD all the way up to $230,000 USD.

Vintage IWC Ingenieur Watches: Are They Good Investments? 

When talking about a vintage IWC watch, you may instantly think of the models from the 1970s. This can’t be helped, especially since these timepieces were truly the ones that put the collection in the spotlight thanks to the iconic Swiss watch designer Gérald Genta. However, before that, it was the IWC Ingenieur reference 666 that paved the way for all other Ingenieur watches.

Introduced in 1955, the first-ever IWC Ingenieur watch had a simple design with remarkable horological refinement. Not only was it engineered for precision and accuracy, but it also possessed one special characteristic — it was anti-magnetic. The IWC Ingenieur ref. 666 had magnetic shielding that allowed it to be used in numerous technical environments. There’s no denying the historical importance of the so-called, “Mother of all Ingenieurs.” Prices for the IWC Ingenieur ref. 666 on the second-hand market starts around $5,300 USD, not a bad  IWC watch price tag if you want to own a little piece of history on your wrist.

Circling back to the IWC Ingenieur watches from the 1970s, under the influence of Gérald Genta, he breathed new life into these iconic watches. In 1976, Genta designed the IWC Ingenieur SL Jumbo watch, which earned a cult status from collectors and dedicated watch enthusiasts. Genta’s revamped design retained the basic concept that the Ingenieur was known for, but boasted a fresher and even sportier look.

Unfortunately, the Jumbo Ingenieur SL did not receive positive reactions at the time of its launch. This was mostly due to the fact that it was still a mechanical watch released in an era when quartz watches reigned supreme. Hence, why there are only around a thousand pieces of these Genta-designed watches in circulation. Despite this, though, many modern watch collectors and connoisseurs consider these IWC Ingenieur watches designed by Genta to be one of the most coveted watches in the business.

The rarity of a vintage IWC watch from this collection also mirrors the prices. If you want to invest in these iconic watches, it will cost you approximately around $7,200 USD to $15,500 USD, depending on the overall condition. 

IWC Ingenieur's History and Design Details

Launched in 1955, the Ingenieur line of watches has cemented itself as one of the most classic collections in the entire IWC Schaffhausen catalog. Designed to be highly precise and rugged, the first IWC Ingenieur watch could withstand magnetic fields, was waterproof, and shock-resistant. This extremely functional design earned it a reputation as the Engineer’s watch since it was perfect for extreme environments, yet classy enough for formal evening events.

In 1967, IWC launched the second generation Ingenieur models with the reference number 866. This reiteration retained the main concept of its predecessor — it was rugged, water-resistance, and antimagnetic. However, it did boast a more contemporary look with different dials and hands. This was also the year we saw the Ingenieur SL, which was the work of Gerald Genta. The appearance of these IWC watches changed significantly, with them housed in a sporty steel case. Nowadays, we still see notes of this design in modern IWC Ingenieur watches.

Majority of the timepieces in the Ingenieur collection are wristwatches, but in 1981, IWC launched the Ingenieur SL ref. 5215. Instead of a modern wristwatch, the ref. 5215 was a pocket watch that possessed typical features of the Ingenieur watches. This pocket watch was antimagnetic up to 40,000 A/m and was also resistant up to 100 feet underwater. The brand produced only a number of these special timepieces.

In the late 1980s, the brand released the Ingenieur 500,000 A/m, a watch that could withstand any magnetic field. This IWC could withstand up to 3.7 million A/m, which set a new world record for antimagnetic watches at the time. Unfortunately, this timepiece did not receive commercial success, especially because it was highly sensitive to temperature changes. Approximately only 3000 pieces of the Ingenieur 500,000 A/m were produced before IWC decided to halt production four years after its release.

IWC was able to bounce back after this unfortunate failure in 2005 with the launch of the Ingenieur reference 3227. This 42 mm watch was a reiteration of Jumbo Ingenieur but had more modern movements and characteristics.

Fast forward to 2013, the Ingenieur collection received a complete overhaul. This was also the same year we saw the launch of the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon watches. These models came in platinum and ceramic cases and boasted highly complicated mechanisms such as the patented constant-force complication which was integrated into the watch’s tourbillon.

The latest IWC Ingenieur watch models were introduced in 2017. Returning to their iconic round design, this new collection featured new highly complicated functions. They even came in precious materials such as 18K 5N gold. IWC launched the first-ever Ingenieur watch that came in a 45 mm case with a digital perpetual calendar and chronograph function. These IWC watches also went above the typical prices that the collection was known for. What’s more, the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Day-Date watches also featured an open-worked dial that allows you to glance at the inner workings of the watch. A feature that only true watch enthusiasts can appreciate. 

6 Reasons to Buy an IWC Ingenieur Watch

1. Renowned Swiss watch designer Gérald Genta is responsible for reinventing the IWC Ingenieur collection in the mid-1970s. The designer gave this collection a unique touch by adding five screws on the bezel. And although the collection has evolved over the years, we still see elements of Genta’s contribution to modern Ingenieur watches. For those unfamiliar, Genta is one of the most iconic watch designers in the history of the horological business. He created some of the most iconic watches, working with brands like Omega, Audemars Piguet, Phillippe Patek, and of course IWC.

2. The majority of the IWC timepieces in the Ingenieur collection have a limited production run. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the potential resale value of them can be in a higher percentage than the original retail price. Of course, this will still depend on the condition, rarity, and if the watch comes with all original documents and the original box. Nevertheless, there’s no denying how coveted Ingenieur watches are among serious watch collectors.

3. All watches in the Ingenieur collection are anti-magnetic. Designed for engineers and scientists, these watches could withstand harsh magnetism, which can cause timing issues. This is especially helpful for those working around highly magnetic environments. However, that doesn't mean it isn’t suitable for everyday use.

4. IWC manufactures many watches with high complications. This means that they have extra features apart from simply telling time. The Ingenieur collection features models that offer a chronograph, perpetual calendar, and moon phase indicator all in one. It’s safe to say that the company really likes to flex their watchmaking muscles.

5. The IWC watches in the Ingenieur collection are housed in innovative materials. By using robust materials like ceramic, titanium, and even gold, it guarantees sturdy watches that can last a lifetime despite being in extreme environments.

Regardless if you choose a simple automatic watch or those with high complications, when you purchase an Ingenieur you can guarantee that you will get an astonishing level of precision.

6. IWC Schaffhausen is among the top ten most recognizable Swiss watch brands. Admittedly, they do not have the same brand reputation as other more famous brands. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While famous brands like Rolex can easily impress an average person, it will take an IWC watch to impress a true watch enthusiast.

IWC Ingenieur Watches: Flawless Functionality and Exceptional Design

Since it was introduced in 1955, the IWC Ingenieur collection has been providing engineers, athletes, and the average joe with highly rugged watches. Despite boasting simple and classic designs, highly complicated mechanisms are ticking away inside these IWC watches. Hence, we're left with understated and highly versatile timepieces. From classic automatic watches and chronograph watches to timepieces with high complications, the IWC Ingenieur line of timepieces has something for everyone. 

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IWC Ingenieur Watches
The IWC Ingenieur made its debut back in 1955 and has only been improving in every way possible ever since. The IWC Ingenieur was inspired out of love and respect of the technology and engineering world. In 1976, the IWC team took a different approach to designing the physical look of the watch and gave it more of a sporty look. But in 2017, they went back to their round design like they had originally started with. Vintage or new - all are great options!
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