IWC Ingénieur steel | 666AD | steel

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Famous for their highly-functional pilots’ and navigators’ timepieces - tool watches are very-much in the International Watch Co’s DNA. The IWC Ingénieur, or “Engineer’, has few rivals in that regard. Advertised as “ideal for all professional men who require a watch which is fully reliable, accurate and trouble-free under all conditions” – its design focuses on high performance. Taking inspiration from the near-perfect military watch of its day, IWC’s own Mark XI, the Ingénieur truly represents a best-in-class watch.

Part of a lesser-known breed of purposeful watches from the late 1950s and early 60s, the IWC Ingénieur 666AD, as the name suggests, was squarely aimed at engineering professionals. The most recognizable of this genre of watch, is the Rolex Milgauss, with its distinctive “lightning bolt” seconds’ hand. Despite this, for many, the Ingénieur 666AD remains the quintessential tool watch, boasting a classic design and incorporating a highly-useful date-function (indicated by the letter ‘D’ in the reference number).

One of the key characteristics of the Ingénieur line is the watch’s resistance to magnetic interference, achieved through several features. The first is a soft iron under-dial, in addition to the dial itself, increasing the thickness with a more electrically-resistant material. Housed in a 36.5mm stainless steel case with a screw-down case-back, it has antimagnetic hands as well as an antimagnetic double-constructed case, incorporating a further soft iron inner-plate. This creates a Faraday cage, protecting the movement from magnetic disturbances of up to 80,000 A/m (or 1000 Gauss). Unusually thick by the standards of the day, it creates a noticeable presence on the wrist.

The dial is in exceptionally good condition, has a brushed silver finish, applied steel index markers, with classic 'International Watch Co' text and appropriately straight font, 'INGENIEUR' referenced on it. The tritium on the dial and hands has aged to a consistent yellow patina with gentle imperfections. It also has its original crown and comes equipped with the original steel bracelet and Gay Frères signed clasp.

This IWC Ingenieur is powered by the 21 jewel Cal. 8531 automatic-winding movement, beating at a rate of 19,800 A/h. It has an Incabloc shock-protection system and Breguet balance spring, which to this day is still used in high precision pieces. This is a true utilitarian watch that has everything a vintage collector would love.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment. 
Brand: IWC
Model: Ingénieur Ref. 666AD
Movement: mechanical automatic Cal. 8531
Functions: date, hours, minutes, center seconds
Features: unrestored dial
Case: 36.5 mm stainless steel
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: steel Gay Frères beads of rice bracelet and clasp
Year: 1963
Box & papers: N/A
This rare, vintage IWC Ingénieur Ref. 666AD has an unrestored dial and retains its original lumes. The bezel and the case are scratched, appropriate to the age of the watch. The beads of rice bracelet is slightly loose. The watch is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

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