IWC first introduced the Ingenieur Watch fifty years ago in 1955. The Ingenieur was based on a movement designed by an IWC engineer named Albert Pellaton. IWC intended for the Ingenieur to be a more conservative version of their Mark XI Pilot’s Watch. The original design of the Ingenieur was elegant and understated. The Ingenieur Watch had a unique design that gave it powerful anti magnetic properties which help ensure the accuracy of the watch.
IWC re-launched the Ingenieur Watch at the 2005 SIHH in Geneva to the accolades of the entire Swiss Watch industry. This re-launch consisted of an expanded and updated line featuring the Ingenieur Automatic, Ingenieur Chronograph, Ingenieur Midsize, Ingenieur Automatic AMG, and the Ingenieur Chronograph AMG. The 2005 Ingenieur line has a distinctive mechanical look first noticeable with the bezel. IWC designed a bezel with five recessed screw holes that look like something you would see inside a car engine. The dial design is clean, simple and very masculine. Except for the Ingenieur Midsize, the Ingenieur is only available with a black dial. Collectors can choose from either a steel (or titanium) bracelet or a synthetic rubber strap in black.
The Ingenieur is a large watch measuring 42.5 mm for both the automatic and chrono versions. IWC targeted the auto enthusiast with the AMG version of the Ingenieur. We like this watch because of its light titanium case and the red seconds hand and second markers on the dial. Consider the chrono version of the AMG Ingenieur if you want a sportier watch with an action packed dial. The chrono pushers on the Ingenieur are very cleverly designed to slope into the case and blend into the overall design of this watch. All of the Ingenieur watches are built for serious sport. They are water resistant to 120 meters, and come with screw down crowns and an integrated shock absorbing system.