‘Graph Paper’ 3505 IWC Ingenieur SL


Graph paper isn’t the sexiest thing in the world. And, yet, put it on an IWC dial as texture and it just might be. One of the best parts about this mid-sized Ingenieur from the early 80s is that there are multiple generations that each have equally attractive personalities. Are you a COSC kind of…

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3521 IWC ‘JLC’ Ingenieur


If the new Ingenieur just doesn’t land quite right for you, vintage might have the answer. And it doesn’t just have to be the quite-expensive, OG ref. 1832. The Ingenieurs which arrived after, that only very few of us obsessive enthusiasts seem to talk about, are just as if not more interesting. The ‘skinny’ midsized…

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3508 IWC Ingenieur 500K A/m


The new Ingenieur is great. Or maybe great-ish. Fine, it’s just okay. Here’s my gripe and it’s not the RRP: IWC have gone a bit out of their way to not advertise its magnetic resistance, it’s not listed on their site. It’s not even on Hodinkee. Somehow, everyone missed the a-mag rating of IWC’s a-mag…

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‘Graph Paper’ Dial 3506 IWC Ingenieur SL


It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the ‘Skinny’ Ingy here. It is the mark of all excellent watches that they have so few faults, the only thing left that anyone can criticize is the price. Well, you can’t even hold that against the 3506, not really. It’s the generation, the iteration of this…

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3521 IWC Ingenieur


There are many, many things in the watch world that simply do not make sense. Is Tim Mosso a Swiss automaton? How did watch polishing become a debate about meta-existentialism? Is Lange service Germany’s attempt to get into the cartel game? More than any of these mysteries, I seek to know why the midsized Ingenieur…

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3303 IWC Ingenieur SL Quartz Jumbo


In art, design, music, and many other creative disciplines, you are taught the rules first so that you may choose to break them deliberately. This, I never used to understand, why not just lean in to unbridled creativity? I’m not sure I have the answer, but it’s probably something like ‘rules hold wisdom’ or ‘constraints…

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‘Graph Paper’ Dial 3505 IWC Ingenieur SL


This is one of those rare occasions where a watch probably feels familiar, but isn’t. The ref. 3505 is an Ingenieur very like the ref. 3506 or 500K A/m 3508, but isn’t. It’s the older, lesser-known brother, a Luke Hemsworth of IWC. The 3505 is the very first iteration of the midsized Ingenieur. It still…

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3508 IWC Ingenieur 500000 A/m

If you’ve been shopping for a toaster recently, you’ll know most people buy a Cuisinart. Alternatively, you could buy a 600 USD Wolf that is milled from steel, toasts four slices at once, senses where slices are loaded to self-center, and will automatically recognize bagels from bread. The one review I could find describes as…

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3805 IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Alarm

Without doubt, this is one of the most curious IWCs to ever wear the name Ingenieur. The 3805 is a mecha-quartz chronograph with alarm complication in a 34.5mm steel case unlike any other. The design feels influenced by aviation, Genta, and a fascination with knurling. It’s not what first comes to mind when one references…

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3505 IWC Ingenieur SL White ‘Graph Paper’ Dial

This is one of those rare occasions where a watch feels familiar, but isn’t. The ref. 3505 is an Ingenieur very like the ref. 3506, but, again, it isn’t. Both feature the desirable graph paper dial texture, but one is far less common. This, the 3505, was the very first iteration of the midsized Ingenieur.…

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