IWC has this sort of unapologetically tool-competent aesthetic which may have culminated in this: the 1832 Ingenieur. I can be fairly accused of being overly fond of the more svelte 666AD, an antimagnetic dress which was grandfather to the integrated sports offering shown here. However, that watch lacks the magical pen of Genta. The 1832 is the only IWC to have been penned by he of Royal Oak and Nautilus fame. The Genta Ingenieur was initially a flop. That said, it has aged with more grace than the finest sauternes Bordeaux has to offer.
Twenty years on from the 666, IWC was ready for an upgrade. They hired in Genta who applied his characteristic style to 1970s IWC DNA. This IWC was the only one out of the 222, RO, and Nautilus to sport a perfectly circular bezel (VC’s serrations disqualify it, though I’d be happy to be persuaded otherwise). The 1832 kept IWC’s previous antimagnetic foundation, a truly useful attribute in any modern watch. Magnetism radiates from you macbook, phone, and airpods daily. If you don’t own a cheap watch demag tool, I highly suggest it. Or just do the decent thing and buy this legend of design. The chunky 40mm steel case was a large take on ingerated sports by comparison. It housed an 8541 calibre with a bunch of amag parts and iron inner case. IWC also incorporated shock resistance, a true feat of their own, in-house ingenieurs. In addition it sports a black dial with light guilloche that is only visible at certain angles. Hot.
The watch on offer is strong overall. All factory finishes are present, with a light and even surface wear. The chamfers are strong, its bracelet tight. There is no luminous material to have to fret over with time’s degradation. It comes with an extract, original guarantee slip, and IWC box and wallet. It comes from a reputable London-based small retailer.
Find this Ingenieur here from the Watch Brothers London for 29950 GBP.