Genta-designed 1980s IWC Ingenieur SL Automatic 3506

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Classic and Genta-designed 1980s IWC Ingenieur SL Automatic ref. 3506

The origins of the IWC Ingenieur can be traced back to 1955, and with the popularity of stainless steel luxury sports watches, the collection underwent a rather significant improvement in the 1970s.

Designed by Gerald Genta himself, the new Ingenieur SL is a slim “jumbo szie” case, very similar to Genta’s Royal Oak, with an integrated bracelet. Plus, it even has a bezel with four rivets, like the exposed screws of the Royal Oak. Eventually, after a period of lackluster sales, IWC decided to launch a smaller engineer model, the ref. 3506, in the mid-80s, that’s what we had here. Focusing on IWC’s elegant design language, the ref. 3506 features design elements such as gold hour-markers and hands, as well as a slightly textured dial, designed to echo the Ingenieur’s tool watch design with a sophisticated look that matches IWC’s formal wear The aesthetics of the watch echo that, while remaining faithful to the new Ingenieur. Produced only for a short while,  The reference 3506 was critically acclaimed at the time of production, and today is a rarer piece . 

Because of Genta trend – both Nautulis & Royal Oak crazy price so Ingenieur price is slightly raised up but still much under value  

This example features a white enamel dial (with slightly textures) dial, which contrasts against tritium-luminous yellow gold hands and indices. It is a bit a standout not only for its perfect dial but remarkably sharp case, all angles and beveling shown fully. It comes as a naked watch