The IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40mm Replica Watches, closest to the original among the four new models, offers a good conservative size with an “IWC caliber 35111” beating inside. The 35111 is a base Sellita SW300 which in turn is an ETA 2892 clone, which helps explain some of the price difference between the Ingenieur Automatic and the Submariner. It runs at 4Hz and offers 42 hours of power reserve, ensuring that it won’t be a top pick for those looking for a more modern movement in this price segment.
They are a modest 42mm wide, clad in stainless steel or 18k red gold and sport what is an ample 120m depth rating. Inside is what we’re told to be an all-new movement called the Cheap IWC Replica.The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport is a titanium-clad, 44mm-wide alternative to the aforementioned triple-register sporting a more complex IWC Caliber 89361. It offers a more impressive 68 hours of power reserve, a more advanced automatic winding system and the more sophisticated display of chronograph hours and minutes on one sub-dial at 12 o’clock.
A neat design detail is the lightning seconds hand at six o’clock, set as a reminder of the Ingenieur logo. In this high-contrast, legible, but arguably not-so-sporty black and white, – but we wouldn’t be surprised to see different versions come along sooner rather than later.
The heavy-hitter in the new-for-2017 collection is the IWC Replica Watches Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, a 45mm-wide and 17.5mm-thick piece in 18k red gold, based on what is a truly impressive movement, the IWC Caliber 89800. Built on the same 89000 foundations as the Chronograph Sport, this piece further adds a perpetual calendar to the mix, spiced up with digital indications for the month and date at 2 and 10 o’clock, respectively.
This latest extension of the round-again IWC Replica Ingenieur collection is a sensible move unless you are one of those who picked up a limited edition last year thinking that was a rare opportunity. From the 40mm-wide automatics through the chronographs, these make for a solid core collection while the perpetual calendar continues to impress with that special movement. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport very explicitly lacks colors rendering it more safe than exciting of a design. Prices for all the different IWC Ingenieur references and model variations, we will add as soon as IWC makes them available.