In 1967, perfect replica IWC introduced the new Ingenieur ref. 866, which replaced the ref. 666. This new model had a slightly bigger 37mm case with increased water resistance to 120 meters. It featured new hands and came with new indices as well. Once again, luxury fake IWC offered the stainless steel model on a leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet. And if you ask me, you should always try and get these vintage Ingenieurs on the bracelet because they look stunning. The gold model came on a leather strap only.
Swiss made replica IWC offered the ref. 866 with a wider variety of dial colors. The silver and black dial remained on offer, and super clone IWC added a blue and gilt dial. In another slight change compared to their predecessors, all of the new models featured sunray dials for some extra style. Once again, there are variations with different indices as well.
A notable difference was the script IWC logo of the first models versus the later applied AAA super clone IWC lettering combined with the script logo. I love seeing the latter versions for their great style. Besides a different case, the biggest change was a new movement. Swiss movement replica IWC equipped the ref. 866A with its caliber 854 from 1967 until 1970. From 1970 until 1976, the brand used the slightly improved caliber 854B. The ref. 866AD came with the caliber 8541 at first and the updated caliber 8541B later. What remained, however, was that recognizable design.
The cheap fake IWC Ingenieur ref. 866 is a favorite among collectors because it is the most evolved version of the first Ingenieur. It is also the inspiration for high quality replica IWC’s previous-generation Ingenieur, which was discontinued following the introduction of the new Genta-inspired version. The ref. 866 is a great classic that goes for roughly €6.5K to €14K.