MISSION EARTH

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  1. leopardprey

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    Tried on again the IWC Mission Earth Ingenieur. Heavy and big watch, but fits my wrist very nice. The way the flat back case is designed, fits on the wrist very nice and the watch stays in place. The rubber strap is very comfy and wraps around the wrist well. Really like the way they did the crown guards. Also a superior proven in-house movement. Had the same movement in my vintage aquatimer I used to have and put through a lot of abuse (and I regret selling!). The 80110 movement is designed to withstand shocks and has the pellaton winding system. Very reliable time wise.

    Use to have a Ingenieur chronograph, that had an ETA 7750 movement, but again was as great watch and wore for a month long trip traveling through Myanamar.

    The Ingenieur was made to take abuse and for exploration, plus IMO IWC is a great company.

    Kind of thinking (Wish I could afford both though) either this one or the 44mm Omega Speedmaster is my next purchase. Like them both about the same.

    (photo of wrist shot is not mine, the watch look much smaller on my 7.75" wrist)

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  2. Pete17

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    That's a nice looking piece. Bloody big though.
    What size is it and what do they retail for mate?

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  3. leopardprey

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    Is 46mm. But, again, looks much smaller on my wrist, fits just right. I believe the wrist in the photo is like a 6.5" wrist. Porportions are nice, as 15mm thick, but with the size looks very slim. Case back is really flat so sits perfect on my wrist and the rubber strap really wraps around nice the way the strap blends in with the lugs. Stays on the wrist. Actually wears better on the wrist than the 44mm Aquatimers do with the rubber straps. Retail is around $8000 US. But getting quoted prices of around $6800 after discounts here in Thailand and Malaysia. Have seen them on the second hand marker for around $5k.
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    Not bad, but a tad big for me. 44mm is my limit.
    What about an Omega or Breitling diver mate? Plenty of options in the big size range and for less money. The Breitling Heritage diver is especially nice.

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    Very nice, but too big for me too. Understand it fits you though. I'd go for the Omega, mate!
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    Love the look but for sure it's not going to fit on my wrist.

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    What?! The wrist shown isn't your wrist?! :banhim:

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    Tried on the Breitling Heritage Diver, just did not do it for me. Actually, the Omega 44mm is just a tad less in price retail wise and about the same on second hand market. the big thing I like about the IWC is the In-house 80110 movement as I mentioned. A real workhorse of a movement.
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    I actually like IWC, think is a pretty good company. (have owned 4 IWCs before: Spitfire UTC, Big Pilot, Vintage Aquatimer, and Ingenieur Chronograph). They have the best catalog out there! Like a book. Some of their watches use modified ETA movements, that are proven. The Mission Earth has a in-house movement, so the higher justified price. But the 80110 is a real proven movement. I did have problems with their Big Pilot model I had, with the 8 day power reserve movement. But the Ingenieur movement has been around a long time, has a a special bridge designed specifically to withstand shock and the unique and proven pelleton winding system. And has Antimagnetic case like the Milgauss. Actually you can get the Mission Earth, or others, with a SS bracelet. IWC makes some of the best bracelets out there. Of course if you get the bracelet version over the rubber strap model will cost more. I had a Aquatimer with the new style bracelet/strap attachment, and it is actually quite nice and is very solid. Only down side is you have to use IWC straps/bracelets. But snaps on very secure and wraps around wrist very well, in regards to the lug/strap transition. The thing I really like about the Mission Earth is that it fits my wrist perfect for some reason. I returned the Aquatimer I had, as it did not and was not secure. I think this is due to the Mission Earth, though being large, the way the flat case back is, and the way the lugs are curved and the way it transitions into the strap. FInd this intersesting as a very heavy watch, but stays in place on the wrist and does not move around and the rubber strap gives enough to not be too tight, yet secure at the same time. Where as even with the rubber strap the Aquatimer 2000, at 44mm, did not just fit right. Though I think the White Dial Aquatimer is a work of art! Love the hands on that model. Probably would only buy though a Mission Earth if can get from a grey dealer with a substantial discount or buy second-hand, to keep cost down and not loose much value if decide to sell later. One advantage I had before with my other IWCs, is I bought in Thailand, when Baht to US dollar kept the prices way cheaper than the USA plus had substantial discounts, so when resold in USA broke even. But, alas, that is not the case now as US Dollar has devalued and maybe even more expensive to buy a watch in Thailand or Malaysia now than in the USA, where as 3-4 years ago, watches were running around $1000 cheaper here in SEA than the USA! Yeah, the Mission Earth is a pretty ruggedd watch made for adventure and exploring. Of course just wish they made a non-date version! LOL
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