IWC Vintage Ingenieur Watch Does Vintage Engineers And Scientists Proud

There apparently was a time, a while ago, when pesky magnetic fields interfered with too many IWC replica watches. Engineers and scientists who regularly experimented or worked around magnetic fields, large or mild could expect that their watches would experience a degree of unreliability, making them stop running or inaccurate. Engineers and scientists were not the only people effected by magnetism, and the issue was strong enough for watch companies to come up with a solution. This prompted a number of watch makers to develop anti-magnetic watches whose movements would be unaffected by even the strongest magnetic fields.

Because a watch movement relies on predictable oscillation of the balance wheel and release of the mainspring, magnetic forces can have a profound effect on the rotation of the balance wheel and the mainspring. To protect these components, watch makers had to make watch cases impermeable to magnetism. Some of the most effective solutions involved adding a layer of iron into the watch cases, or other non-magnetic metals. I am by no means an expert, but the solutions seems to be work well, and the large watch makers each had their new types of resistant watches.

For IWC, that watch represented the Ingenieur, and it was a large success. While today’s Ingenieur line is very technical looking and futuristic, its roots contain a very conservative demeanor with what can only be described as a “scientific twist.” The IWC Ingenieur is a highly legible watch (its main function) with an emphasis on precision. Bold dagger hands contain a strip of luminant, while small points of luminant are located at the hour indicators around the perimeter of the watch along with smaller points for each of the 5 minute indicators. This usage of small points as minute indicators in conjunction with raised pointed hour markers is a hallmark of the IWC Ingenieur series, and recaptured in the Vintage Ingenieur.

Like the Rolex Milgauss (also an anti-magnetic watch), the IWC Ingenieur has a slightly interesting seconds hand. Here with a small arrow on the tip for extra precision and to mimic the look of gauges and reading outputs from days of yore. While everything today is digital, there was a time when machines had analog gauges. Some of these gauges were modeled after watches, and a host of watches were modeled after such gauges. Inside the watch is an automatic movement, IWC Caliber 80111 with a modest power reserve of 44 hours, but this is a rugged movement. The first IWC Ingenieur also contained an automatic movement.

Like the IWC Pilot, the IWC Vintage Ingenieur will also have a limited edition (500) watch in platinum. Again, this is an odd decision from practical standpoint, but the watch will be nice. Platinum is the most expensive of metals, and the hardest to work with. The metal alone costs about $1,800 an ounce at current rates. The standard run of watches will be in steel. The size of the case is just over 42mm, and it features a semi-raised and domed sapphire crystal to mimic the look of the original IWC Ingenieur. Look for it soon Ingenieur fans.

Panerai PAM 63 GMT Luminor Watch Worn By Tom Cruise

Speaking of Cruise, his character in the movie is Les Grossman. A satire (and reality) of certain Hollywood execs and Tom Cruise himself, who is as many know, in addition to being an actor, is also a Hollywood exec as co-owner of United Artists Pictures. You can read elsewhere about the ridiculous amount of makeup and body padding (and massive amounts of faux body hair) he wears, but the most noticeable part of his wardrobe is the large Panerai replica watches on his wrist. Cruise is not the largest man, and the PAM on his wrist looks enormous (it is 44mm wide which is big but not huge), and pretty bad-ass to be honest. Certainly a watch fit for the role. Like Sylvester Stallone, I would guess that this Panerai is from Tom’s personal collection as opposed to being furnished by Panerai. Mainly because if I have correctly spotted the model, it is no longer being made and Tom Cruise is a known watch lover often with other large watches such as an IWC.

In Tropic Thunder, Cruise wears what is obviously a Panerai, but not a typical model. It is the Panerai PAM 63 GMT Luminor. It is one of the few Panerai watches I know that lacks a subdial, as most (but not all) Panerai models typically place at least the seconds hand in a subdial. This particular PAM 63 GMT has a jet black face (obsidian shiny with a gentle horizontal line texture) a highly polished steel case. The dial has a good deal of markings on it, which might be considered cluttered in Panerai terms, as the standard look of Panerai faces is spartan to say the least. The GMT hand has a dedicated set of numerals around the out dial from 1 to 24. I really like this, as it adds to the legibility of the GMT function, but the smaller size of the GMT arrow ensures it does not get into the way. You also have a date window with an upside down magnifier lens, and a large seconds hands. The hour hands are in Panerai’s modern style with only the tips and edges visible, a really nice technical look. As the Luminor name attests, the superluminova applied all over the watch is thick and bright when it needs to be. In the movie, Cruise wears one with a glossy polished black leather or possibly crocodile (more often with a glossy finish) strap, but the watch can sometimes be found with a brown strap or steel bracelet.

The PAM 63 GMT is no longer being made. An updated model is the PAM 88 (which does have a subdial). Though you can still get PAM 63 watches from time to time. There was a limited edition PAM 63C model, but to be honest, I am not sure how it differed from the standard PAM 63 model. The prices I have seen for a Panerai PAM 63 GMT are in the $6,000 – $8,000 range. This is by far the nicest watch I noticed in the movie. Other watches displayed look to be sell interesting or vintage style military watches (I think I saw a Marathon in there a few times). You’ll like the movie, I promise. And if you don’t well at least you get to see Tom Cruise in a (somewhat) fat suit with a bald head.