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IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Automatic Ref IW 322701(2005)

The IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Automatic features the new calibre 80110 with the Pellaton winding system and integrated shock absorbers. The extremely high magnetic field protection of its predecessors has been inherited and it has the unmistakeable look of the legendary Ingenieur SL from 1976.

The Automatic’s kinship with the best-known Ingenieur, the SL from 1976 (collector’s name: “Jumbo”), is unmistakeable and intentional. Since its inception in the 1950s, the Ingenieur has always been based on the principle of making what’s good even better. Using the Ingenieur as a platform for new watchmaking developments and improvements means it has achieved an enormous degree of perfection.
 The Ingenieur Automatic with its newly developed 80110 calibre automatic movement also carries on the never-ending story. Just like the large 5000 calibre family, this movement with its smaller dimensions returns to the ratchet winding system by Albert Pellaton. After all, it is thanks to this development that the Ingenieur has enjoyed its legendary reputation since its first appearance in 1954/55.

Since then, no one has been able to improve on this self-winding system. But, for the first time, the technicians at IWC put the brilliant construction into a computer model. Then they applied tests and analytical processes that were not available to Pellaton in his day. The result is a definite improvement of the integrated shock-absorbing system that no other automatic movement has. The technicians at IWC have no doubts: Today the 80110 calibre automatic movement has the most effective protection against jolts and jarring.

As with most of the Ingenieur models of the last 50 years, the movement is protected against magnetism by the typical IWC soft-iron inner case. The dial is also part of it. This forms a magnetic field conduction “cage” so that no poles are created. The Ingenieur Automatic is guaranteed protection against magnetic fields of up to 80,000 A/m (amperes per metre).

The Swiss standard only requires a protection level of 4800 A/m for an antimagnetic watch. Externally, the Ingenieur Automatic also offers extremely attractive quality for a buyer. This includes its solid three-part stainless steel case with the integrated IWC metal bracelet, a screw-in back, a screw-in crown and a sapphire glass antireflective coated on both sides.

For the dial design, primary importance was placed on easy readability of the hour, minute,central seconds and date information. Powerful illuminated hands and indices on the nightblack background underscore the markedly masculine and functional impression without placed on easy readability of the hour, minute, central seconds and date information.

Powerful illuminated hands and indices on the night black background underscore the markedly masculine and functional impression without showing off. The IWC integrated metal bracelet with folding clasp also underwent a meticulous testing process down to the last detail.

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