The IWC reference 3239 was introduced in 2013 and is an evolution of the original IWC Ingenieur SL 1832 that was produced from 1976 to 194 and was designed by Gerald Genta. The overall design of the 3239 features a number of classic callbacks to great Genta steel sport watch designs of the 1970s, which include the Patek Phillips Nautilus and the Audemars Piquet Royal Oak. These include a beautiful integrated bracelet with polished edges against the overall brushed finish, a multifaceted bezel and case, and subtle nautical inspiration throughout.
The IWC reference 3239 also harkens back to the original Ingenieur by incorporating an antimagnetic inner case that gave the original its tool watch status. Unlike the original Ingenieur, which had an in-house movement, this reference utilizes the Sellita SW200 movement with a quick set date which itself is based on an ETA movement. The 3239 was produced until 2017 and during its production was produced with a black dial with silver indexes, a white dial with silver indexes, a white dial with gold indexes. Additionally, a special edition blue dial with silver indexes was produced in conjunction with the Laureus Foundation.
This example comes as a full set with its original factory box, sales receipt, paperwork, polishing cloth, bracelet adjustment tools, and the warranty card included in the sale.
International Watch Company or IWC has called Schaffhausen home since its founding in 1868. If Schaffhausen sounds German to you it’s probably because it sort of is, the town sits in a chunk of Switzerland surrounded on three sides by Deutschland, and German is the official language of the municipality. Florentine Ariosto Jones, an American watchmaker, traveled to this relatively remote town in the Rhine Valley to establish a company utilizing Swiss expertise and American industrial prowess—in 1868 IWC was born to do just that. An industrialist family by the name of Rauschenbach took over the company in 1880 and steered IWC for the next four generations. Under the Rauschenbach’s leadership, IWC most famously, in 1939, created an oversized wristwatch at the request of their importers in Portugal; this would slowly be referred to as the Portuguese. One year later, in 1940, the Big Pilot was born, and shortly thereafter utilized by the German Luftwaffe in WWII. Don’t worry, IWC was also a part of “The Dirty Dozen,” manufacturing W.W.W watches for the British Army during the war as well.
After the war, in 1948, IWC’s first Mk 11 was produced. A now iconic military watch design, the Mk 11 was powered by IWC’s caliber 89. This movement became the backbone of the company, notably used in some of the most beautiful and well-made dress watches of the era, right up there with Patek or Vacheron in finishing. From these extremely strong roots, IWC continually reinvented itself to survive the many shocks to the watch industry such as, in 1969, contributing to the development of the Beta 21 movement as the Swiss response to quartz movements and teaming up with Porsche Design in the late 1970s and 80s.
Long past were the days of sole Rauschenbach family ownership when in 2000 IWC’s parent company was acquired by luxury goods giant, Richmont. Many of the offerings we see today in the catalog were introduced, in some form, shortly after this acquisition. A clear focus began in 2002 when the brand introduced the first Big Pilot’s Watch. From there, abundantly clear has been IWC’s mission to reinvent classic watches from their past in very modern applications.
The Case and Bracelet
The 39mm stainless steel case is in good condition. There are small scratches throughout and a larger scratch just to the right of 12 o’clock on the bezel. The integrated stainless steel bracelet features a single deployment clasp with two release buttons. The solid screw-on caseback shows the serial number, model name, and brand name. The integrated bracelet features a quick-release feature and the factory tool is included in the sale as well as all of the original factory links.
The Dial and Hands
This IWC Ingenieur Reference 3239 is the -02 variant that features the black dial. It features a three-tiered dial with polished applied lumed indexes and a double index at 12 o’clock. The black dial features the Ingenieur logo at 6 o’clock and Swiss made only at the edge of the bezel at the same position.
This watch features an automatic Sellita SW200 movement with a quick set date which itself is based on an ETA movement. The watch is running and the movement has not been serviced.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic ,Sellita SW200|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|