Long after forgetting about this watch, I received an email from Ariel Adams that I was the winner. I couldn't Google fast enough to see which watch that I had won. I said to myself, " Oh yeah, I remember that watch". So, I started learning as much as I could about this watch. And before the excitement wore off, I was in love with it. So, now the wait began. Mark Carson was away from his home on the Hawaiian Islands, where the watch was designed and assembled and it took almost two weeks to make it to my wrist. To make up for the wait Mark sent me one of his expensive Koa Wood Rollerball pens. I was very impressed by the gift and its quality and the communication from Mark was top notch.
The cushion style steel case is perhaps one of the most desirable as well as distinctive elements of the Eterna Heritage Military watch design - and the new model has a case very similar to that of the original. Eterna wasn't clear on the size of the 1939 original, but you can imagine it was much smaller than the 40mm wide size of today's Eterna Heritage Military watch. The case, in steel, is very well finished and the unique angled sections of the bezel look very cool, I must admit.
Our sentiments about the size of the hands on the Rolex Cellini models remain as the double row of hour markers makes the hands feel a bit too short. Nevertheless, the dials are attractive and mix a level of simple sophistication with mature class and style. The off-center date dial offers a new look for the brand, and adds a new way to tell the date even if it isn't strictly speaking as convenient as a digital date window.
An easy watch for IWC lovers to enjoy is this new model in the Ingenieur collection that incorporates a lot of what we enjoy about the brand. This may be the first time, or among the few times that IWC has used its rattrapante movement in an Ingenieur piece. Rattrapante is a fancy name for a split second chronograph, or as IWC refers to it in this watch, a "Double Chronograph."