Ingersoll watches is one of the oldest US watchmakers having started in 1892. The company began making handmade timepieces but, thanks to inspiration from Henry Ford, moved to a production line.
Ingersoll has a number of firsts under its belt, not least paving the way to the first luminous pocketwatches that were used in WWI. Now the company produces fashionable designs at accessible prices.
Shall we have a look at what Ingersoll offers?
Discovery Linden Automatic
$210 / £190
This is a practical timepiece, the lovechild of an aviation and a field watch. The dial has incredible readability and the face has pretty big Arabic numerals on the dial. The hands are large and off-white in colour.
It has an outer ring that shows minute markers, similar to pilot watches and there’s a huge onion crown, which is also a trademark. The design is timeless.
There’s a leather strap that has beautiful stitching. The band is hooked on by stainless steel lugs that are a little over-sized and purposely protrude. Again, another timeless look.
The case on this watch is really big at 46mm by 13mm. On top of the face sits a mineral glass that provides scratch-resistance. Inside you’ll find an automatic movement.
New Orleans Automatic
$450 / £395
Here we find something truly modern, a cross between a skeleton and an aviation watch. The stainless steel case is huge at 47mm by 16.5mm and quite heavy. The dial is black and the minute and hour markings contrast in white. There’s a window at the 2 position which offers you a view into the watch to see the automatic movement.
The skeleton element comes at the 6 position where it’s blue, silver and gold. The strap is supple black leather and the dome is mineral glass that is scratch-resistant. It’s water resistant to 100m and overall it’s a little busy-looking, but nice if you like the pilot style.
$330 / £285
Here we get a bit more dressy. Still quite big at 40mm by 13.7mm, but packs a punch.
The New Haven comes in a few style options, much like the Bambino by Orient (and you can read more about that, and other Orient timepieces, here). The most popular is the ‘open heart’ model, a unique watch with clean, sophisticated lines.
There’s a Swiss-made automatic movement inside a stainless steel case with a scratch-resistant mineral glass dome. It has a 5ATM rating, which will basically keep your watch safe if it rains or you forget to take it off before a shower. The strap is made of soft brown leather.
The dial is white with elongated golden hour markers and matching hands. The case is also gold-plated. The leather on the band is actually alligator and adds real class.
1892 Regent Automatic
$375 / £350
Staying with the dress-theme, the Regent Automatic is a recent addition to the 1982 collection.
The dial here is deep black and has a wave pattern. There’s a date window by the 4 position. The hour markers are Arabic and appear every third hour. There is a fine minute marker around the edge. The large luminous hands make it easy to see the time in low lighting.
The stainless steel case is a big 47mmx15mm containing an automatic movement and it’s waterproof to 50m. The strap is genuine black leather and you’ll definitely that it makes a statement on your wrist.
$412 / £390
Ingersoll took a shot at a modern race watch here, hence the three dials and the tachymeter found on the case edge.
The Regent isn’t a typical chronograph, though. When pushed, the buttons are flush to the case and almost disappear. This timepiece is purposely dressy, with an unashamed use of gold and an alligator leather wristband in black. It’s very chunky, coming in at 47mm by 15mm.
It’s certainly not advised to wear this to the gym – there’s a stainless steel version for that.
Inside is a Japanese quartz movement. On top is a scratch-resistant mineral and it has a 5ATM rating.
Women’s Regent (Quartz)
$121 / £99
Here we have a very sleek women’s watch.
The pure white dial is recessed in the middle with a slim second hand and sub-dials that sit at the 6 position. There is an hour marker cleverly placed between crystals and the hour markers are made of the same stones. The Arabic numbers are present every third hour.
The case is slimline, at 38mm by 10mm and comes in stainless steel like it’s masculine counterpart. On top a scratch-resistant mineral protects it and it has a water-resistance rating of 50m. The strap is soft black alligator and inside there’s a reliable Japanese-made quartz movement.
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