IWC INGENIEUR “GENTA” QUARTZ REF. 3303
The IWC Ingenieur was originally introduced in 1954 as a tool watch for engineers and technicians who required a timepiece capable of withstanding magnetic fields and harsh environments. The initial design featured a soft iron inner case that safeguarded the movement against magnetic fields. Despite several design updates and changes, the Ingenieur has always stayed true to its original purpose as a sturdy and dependable timepiece for professionals. In the mid-1970s, IWC commissioned Master Gerald Genta to modernize the design of the Ingenieur, resulting in a more fashionable and contemporary aesthetic. The “Genta” Ingenieur debuted in 1976 and was available in stores by 1977. It boasted a large case with a substantial integrated bracelet and was manufactured as an automatic with the c.8541ES movement. Due to its size, the mechanical Ingenieur ref. 1832 was affectionately called the “Fat” Ingenieur. However, it did not sell well due to its high cost and being introduced during the “quartz crisis.” Two quartz versions were later released, with the first being equipped with the quartz calibre 2405, and the later version with the quartz calibre 2250, a more comfortable bracelet, and thinner case. The ref. 3303 took the place of the ref. 3003 in 1980 and had a flatter case with the quartz calibre 2250.
The present watch is a highly coveted and unique IWC “Genta” Ingenieur reference 3303, equipped with a quartz movement. Although several hundred examples were produced, only a handful have surfaced on the market, making this timepiece exceptionally rare. The overall condition of the watch is very good, although the case and bracelet show some signs of wear and use. The dial exhibits a few light spots and marks of use, but no scratches are present. The caseback screws in perfectly, and the quartz movement is in perfect working order. The bracelet shows no signs of stretch, and all components are correct for the year of manufacture.
Serial Number 2269XXX, Year 1980 circa, Diameter 39mm.