I also have an Ingenieur 666 on my wrist, but it’s not your average 666. My first port of call was to reach out to Frank Geelen, CEO of Monochrome Watches, who was a true gentleman in answering some of my questions. I asked if the owner would be willing to get in touch, but they politely declined.
Frank and I continued our own investigations, intrigued about why the original owner ordered an Ingenieur with a completely white dial without any marks except for the IWC brand and the name INGENIEUR, and without a second hand and with extra heavy black hands! This went on for several months, but nothing came of it as the current owner of the watch politely declined to comment.
Then, maybe a year and a half later, I saw it in a dealer’s email newsletter. I instantly called the dealer, and after many sleepless nights deliberating whether I should buy it and if it was genuine, I took the risk and managed to get hold of it.
The next step for me was the most important: finding out the real story behind this watch. Where to turn first? The IWC COLLECTORS FORUM. I also reached out to David Seyffer [IWC’s museum curator] for his opinion on the watch. David hadn’t seen the watch before and there was nothing in the archives. So, my friend Justin Hast and I took a trip to Schaffhausen to find out more. Subsequently, IWC took the watch apart to investigate. It passed through three or four watchmakers to confirm its authenticity, and I was ecstatic when David provided me with a certificate of authenticity.
It’s fascinating that nearly 60 years ago, in 1965, IWC accepted a special order to create a one-off piece. The watch comes with the original request letter, envelope, and guarantee. I’m very grateful to have the watch and to have added to its story. It’s such an awesome watch!