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The first IWC Ingenieur watch was unveiled in 1955 and was equipped with a new, bidirectional automatic winding movement. Invented by Albert Pellaton, the system winds the watch when the rotor revolves in either direction, which makes the watch much more efficient than the vast majority of other self-winding calibres.

It wasn't until 1976 that the now-legendary watch designer, Gerald Genta, took inspiration from a diver's helmet and decided to leave bore holes visible in the bezel. This eye-catching design personified masculinity: both rugged and sporty in nature and with an immediately identifiable technical appeal – features which have had a direct bearing on the appearance of IWC's Ingenieur watch family up to the present day.