Two Incredible IWC Ingenieurs

The Rake delves into the history of the IWC Ingenieur.

The first Ingenieur of 1955 was IWC’s first resolutely technical watch which, unlike the brand’s Pilot’s Watch that was made for a specific type of user, was introduced more generally for everyone, in an era where magnetic interference from the increasing proliferation of electrical devices was evoking concern.

The French word ingenieurmeans “engineer”, and the main selling point of the watch was that it was antimagnetic, with its movement being protected from potentially damaging magnetic fields via a soft-iron inner case. Also significant was the fact that the watch contained the first automatic movement from IWC, with the self-winding system developed by Albert Pellaton, IWC’s technical director at the time.

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April 2021

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