IWC - The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX Geneva Friday, November 10, 2017 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: Circa 1960
    Reference No: 666 AD
    Movement No: 1’633’672
    Case No: 1’651’821
    Model Name: Ingenieur
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 8531, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel IWC Gay Frères rice grains bracelet, max length 180mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel IWC and Gay Frères deployant clasp, stamped GF 1.66
    Dimensions: 36.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, bracelet further signed GF

  • 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 calibres 81 and 85.

    Produced for the civilian market, the functional Ingenieur (German for engineer) was available in steel or gold as of 1954 with a variety of styles.

    The distinctive and famous logo of an arrow passing through the name "Ingenieur" is a reminiscent of the Swiss thunderbolt icon which warns of the presence of an electrical current. The thunderbolt symbol was chosen to mark the model's anti-magnetic properties, the soft iron shield protecting the movement against magnetic shields.

    Considered one of the earliest "tool" watches and with its distinctive, timeless design, the early Ingenieur model enjoys cult status amongst collectors and this present example, with a distinctive black lacquered dial and galvanic printing, will certainly appeal to collectors. The watch was sold on April 3rd, 1963. The watch furthermore retains its IWC rice grains bracelet manufactured by Gay Frères, the master bracelet maker of the 20th century.

  • Artist Biography


    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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Ref. 666 AD
A rare and highly attractive stainless steel anti-magnetic wristwatch with center seconds, date, black lacquer dial and bracelet

Circa 1960
36.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, bracelet further signed GF

CHF6,000 - 12,000 

Sold for CHF6,875

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The Geneva Watch Auction: SIX

Geneva Auctions 11 - 12 November 2017