Florentine Aristo Jones founded IWC in 1868. In 1867 he applied for a European passport with the ambition to create watches using the American system of Watchmaking. This system was derived from the Federal Armories at Springfield and Harpers Ferry. Where high precision interchangeable parts were needed for armaments. This was perfect to use in watchmaking and Florentine was a pioneer in introducing it to the Swiss. In 1868 Florentine and Charles Kidder ended up in Schaffhausen Switzerland. Originally called the company F.A Jones & Co which was later changed to IWC International Watch Company. Florentine returned to the USA in 1876 where he retired and sadly passed away in 1916. His spirit carries on today in the modern IWC watches.
Here we have a 1990s IWC Ingenieur Chronometer IW3521. The 34mm tonneau stainless steel case is a Gerald Genta design that flies under the radar of many collectors. Genta designed the 40mm IWC Ingenieur four years after he created the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in 1972 and it was in 1976 that he convinced Patek Philippe to launch the Nautilus. The brushed surfaces are highlighted with crisp polished edges. A lug to lug length of 39.5mm and a thickness of 9.5mm gives the watch an impressive wrist presence. The lugs gently curve over the case incorporating the integrated bracelet. On the right side, a signed screw-down crown. The flat fixed bezel has five rivet holes and is brushed with polished edges. A flat sapphire crystal has a cyclops at 3 0’clock for the date window. The white dial has an outer minute track with applied gold-edged baton indexes filled with luminescence marking the hours. At 3 o’clock a date window. Elegant gold-edged sword hands are filled with the same luminescence. Text is precisely printed in black at 12 “IWC” and 6 “Officially Certified Chronometer Automatic” respectively. On the reverse, a screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic JLC Cal. 889, 33 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. This movement was first introduced in 1983. It has been the base of many famous watches including the very first AP Royal Oak Offshore chronograph. The watch comes fitted on its original 23.5mm brushed stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no IWC box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original IWC bracelet with its signed clasp, the watch will only fit a 6 4/5inch wrist. The watch is from Circa. 1990s and is sold in worn condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see. A full case and bracelet refurb can be offered at an additional cost if requested. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.