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Here at analog/shift, we do our best to bring you the highlights of vintage horology in a straightforward and no-bullshit manner. But we also recognize that our personal tastes sometimes interfere with this mission, and we often catch ourselves locating the watches we have come to love, forgetting that we're here not just to talk about the stuff that blows our collective skirt up, but what might ruffle yours as well.
When things like this minty rose gold IWC Ingenieur walk through our doors, two simultaneous thoughts ring in our heads - boy, that's gorgeous - and if that were vintage we'd be on it like patina on a '67 Speedmaster.
That's when we have to pinch ourselves and remember the facts. These modern Ingenieurs are the cousins, or perhaps grandchildren, of the original timepieces that we're always on the hunt for. While in their modern permutation they lack the anti-magnetism with which they were originally designed, the spartan dial and simple configuration speak to the line's roots, and one peek at the display back reminds us that the 44-jewel self-winding movement is work of art.
Most significant, is the obvious Gerald Genta-ness of the piece - the strong angles and integrated bracelet design - that reminds us of the mark he left on IWC, as well as other auspicious pieces like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Nautilus by Patek Philippe.
With a formidable 7-day power reserve and wrapped up in a lovely 45.5mm rose gold case, this is not your grandfather's Ingy. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have a place in the IWC lineage. And besides being a hard-to-get execution of a classic line, it serves as a good reminder that sometimes things can be beautiful, even if they don't have patina...yet!
Rose gold case is 45.5mm (excluding crown). IWC Reference 5005-03.
The watch is in nearly-new condition with virtually no signs of use or wear. Original rose gold case is flawless, as is the original silver dial. Sapphire display back is pristine. One-owner watch with very little wrist time.
Includes one integrated brown Crocodile IWC strap with rose gold buckle and original service box.