I made a decision to trade that Ingenieur for another Genta designed timepiece from the other brands. I purchased that IWC Ingenieur 3227-01 in 2008, long after it went from production.When IWC introduced the brand new stainless steel ‘basic’ version of the Ingenieur in 2013, the model I review here now I was pleased to find that it was quite similar to the reference 3227-01 I had (introduced in 2005). A no-nonsense Ingenieur such as the Ingenieur was intended to be, in my opinion.Let me begin by telling you a little about my initial disappointment about this particular watch. The original Ingenieur SL1832, was created by Gérald Genta and in manufacturing from 1976 to 1984. It had a IWC caliber 8541ES motion. According to some sources, there were less than 1000 made of these watches. That number somehow tells me that it was not IWC’s most successful version. And let’s create a distinction between a commercial successful model and exactly what we — purists — just like to think as successful. In 2005, IWC revived the Ingenieur using the 3227-01 and similar versions and used their in-house caliber 80110 movement. This made the opinion a bit thick I guess, but it had been an in-house motion with Pellaton winding system. In the time I purchased mine at 2008, the list price was just below $6000 Euro.With this brand new IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 it became apparent that the Schaffhausen company made a decision to utilize a Sellita SW200 movement and take care of the list cost around that $6000 Euro mark (now $6250 Euro).
The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” — a part of the Schaffhausen-based brand’s revamped Ingenieur line for 2017 — has an elegant retro look and a completely newly developed movement. How did it work in our test? Keep reading to find out.The IWC Ingenieur premiered in 1955 as a three-handed see with a clean design and protection against magnetic fields around 80,000 amperes per meter. The opinion was created to assure that technicians and researchers would always be punctual in an increasingly electronic world. In 1976, the renowned watch designer Gérald Genta, whose additional brainchildren comprise Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, sketched a totally new Ingenieur. Genta’s “SL” had five small holes in its bezel, an incorporated alloy bracelet, and a soft-iron inner case to protect it from magnetism. This styling has been revived when the Ingenieur line was relaunched in 2005, but a few of the models had no security against magnetic fields. Among these was a three-handed opinion that paid homage to the very first Ingenieur with dauphine hands and applied baton-shaped indexes. This version also had a sapphire window in its caseback whereby you can see manufacture Caliber 80111. The disadvantage of this nice view: Magnetic-field protection needed to be left out. However, the center of the Classic collection is still the large models with five holes within their bezels.Now the Ingenieur line welcomes a version with a sleek bezel.Like the SL, this watch can be found in steel, gold and titanium. All 3 variations are all limited editions. A chronograph also fits well here as an extra function that further enriches the Ingenieur’s practicality.

The Ingenieur Chronograph available is three versions. Two of them are in stainless-steel case and strap: one features a silver-plated dial and gold-plated hands, while the other has a blue dial and rhodium-plated hands. The stainless-steel strap has been newly developed especially for the Ingenieur. It is exceptionally comfortable to wear and has a fine-adjustment clasp inte- grated into the buckle. The third version comes in 18-carat red gold with a slate-coloured dial, gold-plated hands and a black alligator leather strap (Ref. IW380803). All models are driven by the new IWC-manufactured 69375 calibre with a bidirectional pawl-winding system and a power reserve of 46 hours.