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The Ingenieur Chronograph Sport is limited to 500 watches and is powered by the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Replica-manufactured 89361-calibre movement. The 44-millimetre titanium case, black dial and black calfskin strap combine to create a sporty and elegant look. The small seconds hand at “6 o’clock”, shaped like a bolt of lightning, serves as a reminder that a soft-iron inner case protects the movement from the negative influence of magnetic fields. The upper totalizer makes it possible to read off stopped hours and minutes as simply as the time on a subdial. Stopped times up to 1 minute are measured by the central chronograph seconds hand. Used in combination with the tachymeter scale, it also shows the average speed achieved over a measured distance of 1,000 metres.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Replica
Having said that, I still believe the IWC Ingenieur has its own group of dedicated fans and followers, who aren’t bothered with these concerns. It is a timepiece with character, both because its design but also because of its own (Genta) history. It’s quite tricky to maintain an iconic timepiece and keep it fresh every now and then without sacrificing its core (layout) values. IWC succeeded in that with this particular IWC Ingenieur benchmark 3239. At SIHH this past January, IWC released their new Ingenieur set, featuring over a dozen fresh timepieces from the revamped line. While most press attention from the group concentrated on the in-house calibers, casing materials and array of complications in the new 46mm models, I was personally won over by the smallest and simplest of the group — the new 40mm steel automatic “base version”, mention 3239.
The integrated steel bracelet is similarly an homage to the original, including brushed H-shaped connections with rectangular centers. The deployment clasp is engraved IWC, also features release pushers on the sides, an improvement over other mechanisms on integrated bracelet layouts (I’m calling you out, Royal Oak). Unlike a lot of sports watches available on the market nowadays, IWC’s designers controlled themselves on the case back, which is solid steel as opposed to the apparently ubiquitous display back. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I am not fond of screen backs on anything but the most outstanding of fabrication movements, so I was happy not to have some reason to complain here!
- Titanium case
- Screw in crown
- Water resistance 12 bar
- Black dial with luminescence
- Chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds
- Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
- Flyback function
- Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
- Date display
- Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
- Small hacking seconds
- 89361 Calibre
- Automatic, self-winding
- 38 Jewels
- 68 hours Power Reserve
- IWC-manufactured movement
- Côtes de Genève, perlage
- Black calfskin strap
When IWC introduced the new stainless steel ‘basic’ version of this Ingenieur in 2013, the model I review here today, I was pleased to find that it was quite much like the reference 3227-01 I had (released in 2005). On the positive side, the newest IWC Ingenieur benchmark 3239 was a tad bit smaller (just 40mm in diameter) and thinner. A no-nonsense Ingenieur like the Ingenieur was intended to be, in my estimation. Allow me to start off by telling you a bit about my first disappointment about this watch. It had a IWC caliber 8541ES motion. According to several sources, there were less than 1000 made of those watches. That number somehow informs me that it wasn’t IWC’s most successful model. And let us make a distinction between a commercial successful version and what we — purists — just like to think as successful. In 2005, IWC revived the Ingenieur with the 3227-01 and comparable models and utilized their in-house caliber 80110 movement. This made the opinion somewhat thick I guess, however, it was an in-house movement with Pellaton winding system. In the time I bought mine at 2008, the list price was just below $6000 Euro.
Of this trifecta, the Ingenieur has been the most coolly received, and sales were slow to IWC, together with rumors of under a million pieces sold in the first eight decades of production. This was possibly because of the heft of their original SL, that was thicker and heavier than his designs for the Royal Oak and Nautilus. This was of course due to the fact that the Ingenieur was created primarily as an anti-magnetic tool watch and may not have been as popular with buyers searching for slimmer sport-luxury pieces. Of course, all 3 bits were launched in the midst of the quartz catastrophe, and how they survived and remain attractive and collectable now is a testament to their lasting design appeal above all.