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    International Watch Co Ingenieur

    Hi
    I always knew that if I searched hard enough at Car Boot Sales (Yard Sales, Vide Greniers etc) that I would find a bargain.
    I know this one is special!
    Introducing my IWC Ingenieur, from what year I am not sure but I guess somewhere between 1950-60.
    The face as you can see is in a bit of a state, I am looking for someone to restore this part (any suggestions please)
    One question I would like to ask you members out there is that lugs are drilled through where the spring bar goes, so how do I attach a strap? Are there special spring bars for this watch?
    I am looking forward to hearing from anyone about this watch.
    Many Thanks
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    That case needs some love! Fortunately the case is easily taken care of and the movement looks to be in excellent shape.

    Not sure exactly what you mean by the lugs. Is it just that the hole goes all the way through? Is so, you simply need to get Rolex style springbars. If the holes look like they've been drilled larger, attach a picture.

    I don't know of any dial refinishers in Europe. But I am sure they are around. You might want to check with IWC and see what one of their full services costs. This might be a situation where it is worth paying the extra for factory service, since they would most likely take care of all the problems you see.
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    So what difference does it make, whether it's 20 minutes or 20 years, since neither amounts to the faintest echo of the tiniest whisper in the thunder of time.

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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    Cool find! How large is the case? Please post pix after you get it restored... [Have you tried contacting IWC itself? They might have some suggestions regarding restoration...].
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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    That is my dream find! congratulations!

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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    nice find. how much did you pay? i got to know. pm me if you want. thanks.

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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    Nice IWC. To be honest, if you are going to have it restored you should consider having it done by IWC. Yes it will cost more, but it will be done correctly and completely and will look as new. A dial shop will repaint the dial and it will be quite obvious and stand out from the rest of the well worn watch.

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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    Wow that's a lot better than all the kids clothes I scored at a garage sale this weekend.

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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    I have to echo the consensus of checking with IWC.


    I bought a Breguet that was in less than ideal condition...





    I sent it into Breguet to be restored and they returned it to me...














    Please be sure to share the final results with us.


    Cheers,
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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    Hi Token
    I paid 10 euros!!!
    But I also bought at the same stall a 1930's Leonidas Chronograph ..... for 10€ !!!!!

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    Re: International Watch Co Ingenieur

    Hi
    Thanks for all the replies.
    I am now trying to find out about the cost of an IWC service.
    For those who were asking, here are some pictures of the lugs, the spring bars I have fitted are not right, I don not want this watch to fall off my wrist!!!!
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