The IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 that I audit here was presented in 2013, IWC’s year of the Ingenieur. You need to realize that IWC is restyling a whole assortment, consistently, to stay up with the latest. So in 2013, IWC presented various new Ingenieur models. From a basic straight-forward treated steel model to a carbon adaptation and a platinum model with ceaseless calendar.
Well, on the off chance that you are quite a while peruser of Fratello Watches, you likely realize that I have an inclination for alleged ‘purist’ watches. I have a lot had a lot of Gérald Genta planned watches, including an IWC Ingenieur of a past assortment. I chose to exchange that Ingenieur for another Genta planned watch from another brands. In any case, it had nothing to do with the Ingenieur itself. I purchased that IWC Ingenieur 3227-01 of every 2008, not long after it left production.
When IWC presented the new treated steel ‘basic’ form of the Ingenieur in 2013, the model I audit here today, I was glad to see that it was fundamentally the same as the reference 3227-01 I had (presented in 2005). On the positive side, the new IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 was a slight bit more modest (just 40mm in width) and more slender. A straightforward Ingenieur like the Ingenieur was intended to be, in my opinion.
Movement – from in-house to sourced
Let me start by revealing to you somewhat about my underlying frustration about this watch. The first Ingenieur SL1832, was planned by Gérald Genta and underway from 1976 to 1984. It had an IWC caliber 8541ES development. As indicated by certain sources, there were under 1000 made of these watches. That number by one way or another discloses to me that it was not IWC’s best model. Also, let’s make a qualification between a commercial effective model and what we – perfectionists – like to think as fruitful. In 2005, IWC resuscitated the Ingenieur with the 3227-01 and comparable models and utilized their in-house type 80110 development. This made the watch a bit thick I surmise, yet it was an in-house development with Pellaton winding framework. At the time I purchased mine in 2008, the rundown cost was simply underneath €6000 Euro.
With this new IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 it turned out to be evident that the Schaffhausen company chose to utilize a Sellita SW200 development and keep up the rundown cost around that €6000 Euro mark (right now €6250 Euro). From the start that was somewhat of a let-down, as the past IWC Ingenieur reference 3227-01 was in a similar ball park yet with an in-house development. Notwithstanding, when I thought about it, I understood that this was right around 10 years sooner and costs expanded significantly throughout the long term (as we as a whole know). In the event that IWC would have put their in-house fabricated development inside this new IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 the cost would have been nearer to €10.000 Euro presumably, as we’ve seen on a portion of their different assortments and models.
The IWC Ingenieur isn’t additionally truly about the development – as long as it is mechanical – yet about its feel and usefulness. The watch was intended to have the option to act in a climate encompassed with attractive fields (up to withstand 40.000 A/m which approaches 500 gauss) because of the utilization of a delicate iron internal case.
That is a remote place away from the Rolex Milgauss and even a lot further away from Omega’s type 8500 group of developments that can withstand 15,000 gauss (~ 1,200,000 A/m). Despite the fact that I am persuaded that attraction will assume a greater part later on, in light of the fact that we as a whole use tablets, cell phones, workstations, etc, I likewise need to say that I’ve worked in an IT climate two or three years and never encountered any issues with magnetism.
Anyway, the development that IWC sourced is the previously mentioned Sellita SW200 and depends on ETA’s 2824-2. A strong development that performs like a diesel. No straightforward caseback required as I would see it, yet that likewise wouldn’t suit this kind of watch regardless because of its ‘tool’ purpose.
Gerald Genta Design
I am a sucker for Genta’s sports watch plans during the 1970s, that incorporates the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’, the Patek Philippe Nautilus and obviously the IWC Ingenieur, yet just the most perfect renditions of these watches. When discussing the current models of these Genta relatives, the IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 is that most flawless version.
The commonplace Genta plans like the first Nautilus, Royal Oak and Ingenieur were all tempered steel watches with moderately sharp edges (the Nautilus showing a touch more adjusted corners) and lovely combinations of silk and cleaned wrapping up. This IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 is the same as that, particularly since the measurements are near the first elements of those Genta plans. I recollect my own Ingenieur reference 3227-01 being very hefty and thick, which doesn’t truly match with the first Genta idea. My Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’ (or Extra-Thin, as they consider it nowadays) is only 39mm in distance across however wears a tiny bit bigger because of the incorporated hauls. This IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 has similar slim feel to it and feels thusly nearer to the first Genta plans in my opinion.
The finish of the Ingenieur’s case is simply hair-raising. The glossy silk brushed completion is phenomenal and all edges have this cleaned aspect, this goes for the case and the arm band. As everybody knows, there is likewise a disadvantage about this. The glossy silk brushed components will undoubtedly get scratched, yet maybe that simply adds a touch of character to the watch. Compared to the past Ingenieur age (3227), this 3239 reference has a crown monitor. Indeed, even this crown watch looks great with its sharp edges and lovely finish.
Another common Genta component is the incorporated wristband. Later on, others began utilizing similar kind of hauls and combination with arm bands or straps (e.g. Hysek with his plan of the Vacheron Constantin ‘222’/Overseas, Hublot and Linde Werdelin with the entirety of their watches). You could say it is the plan of the advanced extravagance sports watch, rather than utilizing a round case with its ordinary lugs.
The wristband of the IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 is a strong and generally hefty arm band with a shrouded fasten with two pushers on the sides. The wristband can be changed by utilizing a sharp framework with a press button inside the connections, that will deliver the bolted pins. The IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 comes with a little instrument that can be utilized to press the press catch and afterward you can simply push out the pins. As you can see on the picture beneath, the wristband additionally utilizes half-joins, so it tends to be changed in accordance with fit your wrist impeccably. Notwithstanding, it doesn’t have this miniature change that you’ll find on Rolex and Omega wristbands for instance, which can be helpful during sweltering Summer days or cold Winter days. Regardless, IWC has perhaps the most pleasant arrangement of resizing a wristband yourself, without the danger of harming your arm band (or watch). A similar technique additionally applies for supplanting the wristband with IWC’s comfortable delicate tie or bad habit versa.
The dial of the Ingenieur is a touch more calm than its archetypes, with that little finished “I” (Ingenieur) theme that gave it such a lot of profundity and detail. On this IWC Ingenieur reference 3239, the dial is more ‘plain’ yet has a few layers. On the dial, you will discover two tracks (or ‘steps’), one for the minutes and one for the hours. The hour hand almost reaches the inward advance and the moment hand almost reaches the moment step. The seconds hand is a tiny bit longer and crosses the moment track. A very even dial and IWC plainly put some exertion in getting this right. We’ve seen what the outcome can be if these things are done ‘wrong’, like the moment hand of the 39mm Rolex Explorer that is just excessively short. The hour markers of the IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 matches the plan of the silver hued hands impeccably. The date plate is dark with white printing and doesn’t divert by any means. The whole dial is super perfect and there is just small composition on the dial. It doesn’t even say ‘Automatic’. The Ingenieur is a watch for perfectionists and the dial underlines this.
Verdict on the IWC Ingenieur reference 3239
The IWC Ingenieur is an exceptionally flexible watch, regardless of having this device watch root. It will consummately coordinate your matching suit just as your easygoing outfits and exercises. Its plan isn’t for everybody, as I saw when I had an Ingenieur watch two or three years prior and still notification when wearing my Royal Oak with comparable appearance. In the event that you care about others’ opinion on your watch, there are different watches to purchase (additionally in the IWC assortment). Be that as it may, in the event that you stay consistent with yourself and truly revere the Genta lines and combination of silk brushed and cleaned finish, this IWC has your name on it. From the whole IWC Ingenieur assortment, I think this is the most perfect variant and it really would be simply the model I would get, in any event, when spending plan wouldn’t assume a part. This reference comes near how it was intended to be by the master.
There are just two minor things that pretty much concern me a piece. One of them are the crown monitors. The first Ingenieur SL1832 had no crown monitors and the 2005 recovery of the Ingenieur (3227-01) additionally didn’t have them. Which I for one preferred frankly. I generally keep thinking about whether they truly have ‘use’ as far as I might be concerned, as I am very cautious with my watches and have not seen noticeable harm on the crown gatekeepers of any of my watches. So they are not enduring any shots and blows. Maybe it is pretty much a ‘visual aspect’ than actually a defensive component. Well in any case, the crown monitors are on the IWC Ingenieur reference 3239 and it wouldn’t prevent me from purchasing truth be told. The other minor thing is the development. I previously contacted it in detail toward the start of this article. Albeit an in-house created development would make this watch (most likely) thicker and certainly more costly, you can discuss whether €6300 Euro isn’t altogether too costly for a Sellita SW200 fueled watch. IWC has expanded their costs significantly throughout the most recent couple of years and as long as their is a decent interest for their watches, that’s all swell obviously. In any case, it appears we are presently confronting another period to come where individuals need an incentive for cash once more, in any event, with regards to extravagance watches. In the event that this pattern will persevere in the months and maybe years to come, IWC may have gambled altogether too hard with these cost increments. For this sort of cash, friends of IWC like Rolex and Omega, can offer at any rate in-house created movements.
That said, I actually accept the IWC Ingenieur has its own gathering of devoted fans and adherents, who are not irritated by these worries. It is a watch with character, both due its plan yet additionally due to its (Genta) history. It is exceptionally hard to keep a famous watch and keep it new occasionally without losing its center (plan) values. IWC prevailing in that with this IWC Ingenieur reference 3239.
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Stunning completion on the IWC Ingenieur Reference 3239 Black dial of the IWC Ingenieur reference 3239. No more themes. The case with incorporated arm band, normal for Gérald Genta plans The delightfully completed and comfortable Ingenieur wristband. Re-measuring it is simple peasy.