IWC Ingenieur Oman Khanjar

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  • Condition: Excellent
  • Model: 3506
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Strap Length: 190mm
  • Scope: Original Box
  • Year: c.1985
  • Case Width: 34mm
  • Listing ID: SD016550
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Rare Sultan of Oman Red Khanjar Dial

Details

Model
3506
Year
c.1985
Scope Original Box (No Papers)
Movement Automatic
Case Width 34mm
Strap Length
190mm
Listing ID
SD016550
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Submit your watch

Originally created for performance in highly magnetic environments, the Ingenieur’s history begins in 1954. IWC’s Technical Director, Albert Pellaton is credited as being the mastermind behind the iconic watch. Peloton’s initial two calibres were graded to have a protection of 80,000 amperes per meter which was above “16 times the resistance required by the Swiss norm for antimagnetic watches” at the time. For context, the calibres used within both Patek Philippe reference 2570-1 and 3417 from the same period were able to perform in environments up to 450 oersteds (roughly 35,897 amperes per meter).

Marketed as “revolutionary” and a “super timepiece of modern times”, it was a watch oriented to the professional who required a timepiece that could handle any environment (especially those which featured strong electromagnetism). These professionals could have been physicists, engineers, or scientists.

The watch is in excellent condition for its age with light scratches only, the band has no stretch. Comes with inner IWC box which is peeling on the interior and light marks to the outer.

IWC

IWC, previously known as the International Watch Company, is the unlikely result of an American businessman's industrial practices applied to traditional Swiss watchmaking. His attempt to industrialise Swiss watchmaking was heavily opposed in French Switzerland, but he found in Schaffhausen a town that welcomed his ideas.

Fast forward to today, IWC stays close to its industrial-age heritage. While the new manufacture looks nothing like the factories of the 19th Century, it still approaches watchmaking with the same efficiency that was unheard of when the company was first conceived.

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