A fine and rare stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch with centre seconds, date and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: 1971
    Reference No: 866
    Movement No: 2'037'843
    Case No: 2'011'971
    Model Name: Ingenieur
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 8541B
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel link bracelet
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel folding clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm. Diameter
    Signed: Movement, case, bracelet and dial signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The celebrated Ingenieur model was developed by Albert Pellaton, IWC's technical director responsible for the creation of the firm's first automatic movement.The present example, from the reference series 866, was manufactured in 1971 and is powered by the firm’s in-house caliber 8541B.Reference 866 was introduced in 1967 and received several upgrades from its predecessor, most notably the larger diameter, the larger date indication and the presence of the hack feature.The present Ingenieur is also mounting the typical sunburst silver dial with applied IWC typical of that period.Considered one of the earliest "tool” watches, the Ingenieur model enjoys cult status amongst collectors thanks to its distinctive and timeless design.

  • Maker Bio

    IWC

    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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IWC

Ref. 866
A fine and rare stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch with centre seconds, date and bracelet

1971
38mm. Diameter
Movement, case, bracelet and dial signed

Estimate
CHF6,000 - 9,000 

sold for CHF13,750

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