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01359 International Watch Company. A late 1950s rare stainless steel anti-magnetic Ingenieur wristwatch, reference 666 with automatic winding featuring a classic center second design.




01359 International Watch Company

The IWC Ingenieur is a masterpiece of horological engineering. Considered one of the earliest "tool" watches and with its distinctive, timeless design the early Ingenieur models enjoy cult status amongst connaisseurs.


Manufacturer: IWC
Year: Circa 1958
Reference No: 666
Movement No: 1.494.712
Case No: 1.496.038
Material: Stainless steel
Calibre: Automatic, cal. 852
Bracelet/Strap: Leather
Dimensions: 36.5mm diameter
Signed: Case, dial and movement signed



The celebrated Ingenieur model was launched in 1955 and developed by Albert Pellaton, IWC's technical director responsible for the creation of the firm's first automatic movements. One of the key characteristics of the Ingenieur line is the watch’s resistance to magnetic interference. The distinctive and famous logo of an arrow passing through the name "Ingenieur" is a reminiscent of the Swiss thunderbolt icon which was chosen to mark the model's anti-magnetic properties, the soft iron shield protecting the movement against magnetic shields.

Not only was this watch created to withstand much, it was also designed well, with a slash-and-dot, elegant dial and 36.5mm diameter that wears boldly on the wrist. This is a fantastic piece for someone who enjoys the finer things in life with discretion and an appreciation for the technical evolution of horology.