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Another INCOMING lately: IWC Ingenieur 866A

  1. Jkuback Feb 2, 2020

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    Two rare finds in only a few weeks - a Ingenieur had been on my list for quite some time. I was looking for a 666A - it should be no date and in honest condition - it turned out to be not so easy for this model... ::popcorn::

    And then: a rare 866A came around the corner! The Jumbo Ingenieur - no date and nice patina on the dial :D

    Here some pictures, I am very happy for more information, as there is not a lot out there.

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  2. MikeMan2727 Feb 2, 2020

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    Congratulations! I am a big fan of this reference.

    The no date 866A is quite rare compared to the date version. I believe the hands might be Luminova service replacements, which are still available online. You can check with a UV torch. It has had a light case polish at some point but still retains the original shape. Crystal and crown look original. Well done!

    Here is mine:
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  3. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Feb 2, 2020

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    Nice watch! I have owned three of that reference, but as mentioned above, the non-date versions aren't easy to find. Congrats!
     
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  4. bardamu Feb 2, 2020

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    I have no informations to share, just huge congrats! Great catch, seems lovely ;)
     
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  5. Jkuback Feb 2, 2020

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    Hi Mike

    Thanks a lot! Nice Oyster on your beauty - those are really great bracelets!

    The hands are for sure service, but when checking it under UV I think they are tritium (they don't glow long enough for luminova). When I got it, the crown was from a 666 but we were lucky and could find a bigger one for this model ::psy::
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  6. Jkuback Feb 2, 2020

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    Thank you! Yes, it was by chance. I was looking for a 666A, but then came the 866A - this was a must have :rolleyes:
     
  7. Jkuback May 15, 2021

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    Dear all

    I re-activate this thread to gather some information on the crown for the 866. I am looking for original measurements (diameter, depths, tube...) as - unfortunately - ::censored:: the gasket melted/broke in mine and I am looking for a replacement.... As it was already a replacement I am considering if the risk of broken gasket even in NOS crowns may be high - as it is 50+ years of rubber - I would be thankful for some good advice.

    It seems hard to find information.

    Thanks for helping!
     
  8. vibe May 15, 2021

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    Can’t you replace the gasket?
     
  9. Jkuback May 15, 2021

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    Unfortunately not - it is broken in pieces, and it looks like it is not intended to be replaced (like Rolex for example).
     
  10. vibe May 16, 2021

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    You can replace a Rolex crown gasket, I do it all the time.
     
  11. Jkuback May 16, 2021

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    Exactly what I mean, but IWC seems to be not possible
     
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  12. jaguar11 May 16, 2021

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    Very nice indeed! Wear in good health.
     
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  13. vibe May 16, 2021

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    Gotcha. That is a strange design choice!
     
  14. Spinakerr May 22, 2021

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    Love the 866 - congratulations. When I had to find original IWC parts I found ebay.de with the term 'iwc krone' yielded good results. Also due to popularity of IWC in Japan at the time there's a fair few parts out there. Good luck.