It is a little-known fact that before the Ingenieur premiered in 1955 IWC had generated some military pilot sequences with soft-iron cages in order to look after the moves from the ever more powerful magnetic fields present in the ever-more created and better-equipped cockpits of their 1940s. Ditching the pilot watch DNA the IWC Ingenieur has been a handsome-looking dress watch designed for – you guessed – engineers compared to pilots. The collection received its most notable overhaul in 1976 when Gerald Genta redesigned it but that is a different story.All that was to mention that things are moving back to basics in precisely the same way as we found with the old-new Da Vinci (hands-on here): the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40mm, closest to the first one of the four new versions, offers a good conservative dimension (most notably the exact same as a Rolex Submariner) with an “IWC grade 35111” beating indoors. The 35111 is a foundation Sellita SW300 which then is an ETA 2892 clone, which will help clarify some of the price difference between the Ingenieur Automatic and the Submariner. It runs at 4Hz and offers 42 hours of power reserve, making sure that it won’t be a top pick for those looking for a more modern motion in this price segment.The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph is basically the non-limited re-release of last season’s small variations — references IW380802, IW380801, and IW380803 as seen above. They are a modest 42mm wide, clad in stainless steel or 18k red gold and sport what is a considerable 120m depth rating. Inside is what we’re told to become an all-new movement known as the IWC Caliber 69375.
Watches of Switzerland is an Australian retailer of luxury watches established in 1997 and an official retailer for a number of brands. They were also the original distributor for IWC in Australia up until 2000 when Richemont acquired the brand. So, to celebrate its 20 years in business (see our interview with Watches of Switzerland here), they have teamed up with IWC to produce the IWC Pilots Chronograph Watches Of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Limited Edition watch.
This isn’t the first time that Watches of Switzerland has teamed up with Iwc Vs Zenith Watches Replica to produce a special limited edition watch. They did the same for their 10th anniversary too, which culminated in the Watches of Switzerland Limited Edition Portuguese Chronograph. It was popular thanks to its unique chocolate brown dial, and it helped that it was exclusive to Watches of Switzerland with only 25 pieces produced.
They wanted something similar for their 20th anniversary, and they worked with IWC to create the model you see here. Recognizing the trend of vintage-inspired watches as well as the popularity of IWC’s Pilot’s watches in Australia, they decided to combine the two to create the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph watch.
The Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph watch is based on the popular IWC Pilots Chronograph ref. 3777. Case dimensions are identical, so it comes in a 43mm stainless steel case that measures 15mm thick. Prominent pushers and crown help make operation easy. Water resistance is also unchanged at 60m.
What has changed, however, is the dial. In place of the white hands and markings on the ref. 3777, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Iwc Watches & Wonders Replica Pilots Chronograph has patina-colored hands and markers instead. Along with a vintage-looking brown Santoni leather strap, this gives the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph watch an aged look that so many watch lovers and collectors seem to like these days.
Otherwise, the layout and configuration haven’t changed. The main hour and minute hands are still centrally located, as is the chronograph seconds hand, and you still have the 30 and 12-hour chronograph registers at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively. At 9 o’clock, you still have the running seconds in white.
Inside, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Iwc Watches Ireland Replica Pilots Chronograph is powered by the same IWC 79320 Caliber found in the ref. 3777. It is a robust, reliable self-winding chronograph movement that is based on the common Valjoux 7750. It beats at 4Hz and offers around 44 hours of power reserve.
To commemorate this special watch, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary Iwc Watches Cost Replica Pilots Chronograph comes with a commemorative case back that shows the watch’s number in the limited edition series. The case back also has the Watches of Switzerland logo and a special design that celebrates its 20th anniversary.
This is a watch that I think a lot of IWC fans, especially those who are also fans of the current vintage-inspired watch trend, will enjoy. They haven’t messed about with the classic good looks of the ref. 3777 and whatever little changes there are have been tastefully implemented. The only problem, however, is that there are only going to be 50 of them. The Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph is priced at AU $7,950. watchswiss.com