In the battle for stainless steel sport supremacy (try saying that five times fast), the IWC Ingenieur has a particularly neat history. Amongst its numerous iterations over the years, this ref. IW322801 houses arguably one of the more interesting narratives, as it's a particularly rare reference that wasn't part of a formal limited edition. See, towards the end of the 3227's lifespan (noteworthy for its bold design and in-house calibre), IWC apparently tested the waters on a smaller, 40mm case that wears far more comfortably than the standard 42mm 3227, which, as cool as it was, wore quite tall and broad on most wrists. Called the 3228, this more compact reference retains the bold, angular spirit of the Gerald Genta-designed original of the seventies, but with modern flourishes that include an in-house developed IWC caliber 80111, and a gorgeous textured white dial punctuated by rose gold hands & applied numerals, and embossed with the Ingenieur pattern.
Word on the street is that around 800 pieces in this exact configuration were made, before being formally discontinued in 2009, and the infrequency that they come available on the market is proof of this. The Ingenieur 3239 that ultimately replaced it did so with a slightly thinner case (thanks to its use of an ETA-based calibre), and a much less intricate dial. Both examples are awesome in their own ways, and both are still argued over as to which design is the one 'true' Ingenieur deserving of the Genta legacy.
This watch is fresh off an IWC factory service where the bezel and bracelet clasp spring were replaced, and the movement was fully overhauled. And though the watch went to IWC in excellent condition, the case and bracelet were still cleaned and lightly refinished. With the factory service, the watch comes with a full 24 month warranty – a period which began just a few short weeks ago. The watch maintains some very light hairlines on the case sides and clasp, and a swirl on the flat top of the case corner at 5:00, but being fresh off a factory service, it's a rare, highly collectible reference in equally rare form, and ready for a lifetime of adventure with its 120 meters of water resistance.
Package includes service warranty papers & IWC's inner/outer boxes (not pictured), as well as a black IWC service pouch and all original papers, plastic warranty card, and microfiber cloth (pictured). The watch is sized to fit a 6.75" wrist, and is currently configured with a half link. One additional full link is included.
Asking $4950 (SOLD), watch is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Direct sale and PayPal + 3% preferred, though face-to-face pickup is fine (can waive the 3% with this), and trade offers only entertained for interesting GMT or worldtime references. Email dinexus.japan[at]gmail[dot]com for the quickest response. Thanks for reading!
(whoops, sorry about the dust that snuck into this one)