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IWC | 'JUMBO' INGENIEUR SL, REF 1832STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELETCIRCA 1979

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8,000 - 12,000 CHF
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Description

  • IWC
  • 'JUMBO' INGENIEUR SL, REF 1832STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELETCIRCA 1979
Dial: black textured Calibre: cal. 8541B Movement number: 2'177'969Case: stainless steel, screw-down back Case number: 2'223'186 Closure: stainless steel IWC bracelet and folding clasp Dimensions: 40 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 195 mm Signed: case, dial and movement Accessories: none

Catalogue Note

The Ingenieur SL 'Jumbo' was created by none other than the great Gérald Genta himself. Famous for designing the Royal Oak and the Nautilus, he was hired by IWC at the height of the quartz crisis in the mid-1970s. He subsequently helped the company launch the 3rd generation of their Ingenieur-line, which was released in a radically different design. The cushion-shaped case features 5 distinct recesses in the bezel which are used to apply the screwing tools and further serve as decoration for the watch. Since the bezel was screwed on to a random position, the recesses on the bezel are aligned slightly differently on every watch, giving each one a somewhat different appearance. Rather than a commercial success it turned out to be difficult for IWC to sell these watches and it is estimated that less than 1,000 were ever sold. 

Thanks to the popularity of other watches designed by the great Gérald Genta, the IWC 'Jumbo' also benefits from increasing attention and is a collectible and wearable piece. 
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