A Unique IWC Ingenieur 666A (and the story of how it came to life)

By rolex
May 31, 2021
6 min read

With the vintage market and sales in full promotion mode nowadays, we regularly hear the words “unique” or “never-seen-before” to discuss a watch with one little detail to separate it from the remainder of the group. In any case, we’re very sure about saying that you’ve never seen what we’re going to show you: a really unique, genuinely genuine and really interesting IWC Ingenieur 666A (the original of this model). What’s more, for once, we have all smidgens of proof that it was brought into the world thusly, back in 1965, as an exceptional request to IWC – and before you ask, no it isn’t available to be purchased (or not yet, at least).

Not a standard IWC Ingenieur 666A

Just for comparison, we’d first prefer to show you what an ordinary IWC Ingenieur 666A resembles – see photograph below. The IWC Ingenieur was presented in 1954-55 under the references 666A and 666AD (the last being the Date rendition). It highlighted the type 852 (for the 666A) or type 8521 (for the 666AD), both made under the course of Albert Pellaton, who was IWC’s Technical Director since 1944 – acclaimed for the formation of the Pellaton winding system.

As demonstrated by its name, the Ingenieur was a watch made for researchers, specialists, specialists and, for a bigger scope, individuals working in attractive conditions. The development was secured by a delicate iron confine – the dial, the development’s ring and the caseback cover made an assurance against attractive fields up to 80,000 amperes for every meter (A/m).

As you can see, the IWC Ingenieur 666A (no-date form) was a somewhat exquisite watch. Unquestionably not an appropriate dress watch but rather more reasonable for a business climate than, for example, a contemporary military IWC Mark XI (a watch made in 1948 for the Royal Air Force). We can spot radiant dauphine hands for the hours and minutes, a straight, slender seconds hand, sharp applied records and specks for the moment track, including iridescent dabs like clockwork. Since you understand what a “normal” Ingenieur 666A resembles, let’s take a gander at Stefan’s unique piece.

A unique, nude Ingenieur 666A

There’s a great deal to say about this watch however before we center around the story behind its creation, let’s find why it is a unique adaptation of the Ingenieur 666A.

As you can see, the watch that we’re introducing you today is a long way from being a normal form of the IWC Ingenieur 666A. Gone are the applied files, the moment track – truth be told, there isn’t anything else on the dial than the brand’s logo at 12 o’clock, the model’s logo at 6 o’clock and the inescapable “Swiss” notice at the lower part of the dial. It fundamentally is a nude (not all that pragmatic, frankly) adaptation of this watch. In any case, on account of this completely perfect presentation, it looks rather intriguing, and the dotted dial looks practically like the shell of an ostrich’s egg.

Another significant contrast compared to the normal creation model is the shortfall of the focal seconds hand, as this watch is a period in particular, 2-hander adaptation. At long last, the hands have likewise been changed, fit as a fiddle as well as in shading. From the expressions of the current proprietor, Stefan, the hands have been taken from an IWC Mark XI pilot’s watch and loaded up with dark paint – which are named “extra dark weighty hands” by IWC itself – making an extraordinary difference with the remainder of the dial – which was shiny white when new however that clearly matured to become cream-coloured.

The watch is at last fitted with its unique Fixoflex arm band (an in vogue style, harking back to the 1960s), despite the fact that ragged on a cowhide tie on the photographs. For the rest, the watch stays indistinguishable from a customary creation rendition of the Ingenieur 666A, with a similar cleaned and brushed case, profoundly domed plexiglass on top of the dial and the calibre 852 with Pellaton winding framework ticking inside the watch.

What’s the story behind this unique IWC Ingenieur 666A

While there are regularly questions about the innovation of such unique watches – which can frequently be models that were not proposed to be sold – the present IWC Ingenieur 666A is 1. really unique, 2. altogether genuine, and 3. we have the full story and documentation to make our point.

The story of this watch begins in the Netherlands when a gatherer asked his nearby watch retailer – in this case, van Hattum in The Hague (now Steltman Watches) – for a unique, nude form of the IWC 666A. Considering the great connection the retailer had with the Schaffhausen-based brand around then, the production consented to make this watch – which was, even in those days, an uncommonly uncommon open door offered by IWC. An amusing certainty is that this watch was an exceptional solicitation of a genuine architect to make his own Ingenieur watch.

The watch is as yet accompanied with its unique records, authenticating a conveyance date on June 16th, 1965 – with coordinating numbers between the drags and on papers (covered up here, for clear reasons). Likewise remembered for the documentation is a letter from the retailer, which clarifies all the distinctions remembered for this watch. Fascinating is that even the envelope with its unique stamp has been held and all the dates are coherent.

This letter, in Dutch here, demonstrates that the watch was an uncommon solicitation and not a model. To put it plainly, it says “thank you for your request for a steel gentlemen IWC watch type Ingenieur 666A, with an all white dial with no signs, other than the IWC logo and the name Ingenieur, no second hand and with extra dark weighty hands and fitted with a steel Fixoflex bracelet“. Additionally, it shows that such unique forms as a rule come with additional expenses however here IWC charged the typical retail value, which means 346 Dutch guilders, which implies around EUR 160 – watches were a lot less expensive back then…

We’d like to express gratitude toward German collector Stefan, the current proprietor of this unique IWC Ingenieur 666A, for imparting his story to us.