Today, let’s delve into the three latest models recently unveiled by the V7 factory. V7 is renowned for crafting top-tier IWC replica watches in our market, boasting the largest share and facing no competitors that pose a threat. Their latest offerings are the IWC Ingenieur replica watches introduced towards the end of 2023, now available in three distinct colors: black, white, and blue.
Previously, another factory named GH attempted to replicate the Ingenieur watches, but their quality didn’t garner much recognition. One notable difference was the stainless steel bezel on GH’s Ingenieur, appearing wider compared to the authentic version. While GH also produced a green variant, V7 has yet to offer this option, though it might be in the pipeline post our new year holiday. Interestingly, opinions on the blue version vary, with some likening its hue to green.
IWC seems to harbor high hopes for the new Ingenieur, envisioning it as a stainless steel timepiece capable of emulating the success of iconic models like AP’s Royal Oak, VC’s Overseas, and Patek’s Nautilus. These timepieces share two key characteristics: a sporty case design and full stainless steel construction. In contrast to the rugged appearance of AP’s Royal Oak, the new Ingenieur exudes elegance. However, the genuine watch commands a high price due to its superior anti-magnetic performance, a feature absent in the replica.
The immense popularity of certain replica watches can indeed bolster sales of their authentic counterparts, as mentioned in a video review I came across. Could V7’s Ingenieur become a sought-after model, driving sales of the genuine article?
The watch’s entirety boasts a brushed finish, except for the blue model, which features polished middle links on its bracelet. The bezel’s brushing direction differs from that of the case and bracelet, lending a contrasting aesthetic. Additionally, four rivet studs on the bezel evoke a retro vibe. The dial incorporates unique grids challenging for V7 to accurately replicate; subtle differences persist even when closely comparing the replica to the genuine article, akin to the dial of ZF or APS’s replica AP 15400.
While the bracelet’s finish is impressive, it feels slightly stiff compared to the genuine counterpart. This issue echoes that encountered with the super clone Nautilus 5711 from 3K and PPF. Beneath the solid case back lies a Sea-gull 2892 movement; however, rumors suggest V7 may introduce an SW300 movement for the Ingenieur in the future.