The International Watch Company (IWC) is a combination of an American dream and Swiss technology to produce top-quality watches. In 1869, Florentine Ariosto Jones, an American from Boston, utilized the world-renowned Swiss watch making craftsmen and rented his first factory in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. His objective was to draw from all the excellence of the American watch system of mechanism with the intense skillful watch handiwork of the Swiss. In 1875, IWC watches completed its building on the Banks of the Rhine River. Overlooking the magnificent river, the IWC factory remains the only watch factory in East Switzerland to this day.
IWC has stayed true to its original designs of classic simplicity with contemporary nature being a statement of the brand. Ferdinand Porsche worked for the company as an external designer for a while, and the first use of Titanium in Watch manufacture came through IWC. IWC also manufactures many watches made with precious metals such as yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold.
IWC Watches developed the Aquatimer watch, which was the first diver's watch to be developed in 1967. A complete line of inventive diver's watches is available in the IWC Aquatimer series, such as the IWC Aquatimer Split Minute Chronograph and the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000. The latter is for the most extreme diving professional, as it is made with a titanium casing and allows pressure resistance down to 2000 meters below sea level.
Perhaps the most popular and well-known series from IWC is the IWC Portuguese watches or "IWC Portugieser". Recently they started adopting the newer version of the name for this series, which is now called the IWC Portugieser. Included in this line are the IWC Portuguese Regulator, IWC Portugieser Chronograph, IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph, IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar, IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic, the Perpetual Calendar, the Perpetual Calender II, the IWC Portuguese Automatic (now the Portugieser Automatic), the Chronograph now branded as the Portugieser Chronograph, the IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater, the IWC F.A Jones Limited Edition, and the prized IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère, with its impressive seven-day power reserve.
The IWC Pilot’s watches are also trendy. Let's lead off by mentioning the IWC Big Pilot. You'll find the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch with an oversized case and seven-day power reserve. There are many IWC Pilot’s watches. This collection includes the Spitfire Mark XVI, the Spitfire Automatic Chronograph, the IWC Spitfire UTC, the IWC Classic Mark XVI, Mark XVII, Mark XVIII, IWC Top Gun Miramar, and the IWC Classic Double (sometimes referred to as IWC Doppel) Chronograph.
The stainless steel IWC Pilot’s Watch known as Le Petit Prince as well as the Pilot’s Watch known as Le Petit Prince chronograph edition are arguably some of the most popular and most collectible in entire collection. They represent and are dedicated to a very rich life story of the writer poet, and journalist from France known as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
IWC wristwatches were made for the real watch enthusiast. IWC Schaffhausen provides must-have watches that include limited editions and highly sought-after designs.
You will find both self-winding watches and hand-wound watches in their many collections. Some fine examples include the Vintage Collection, IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase from the IWC Portofino Collection, which is available in stainless steel or two different types of gold.
Other noteworthy series are the Da Vinci watches, and the New Ingenieur Collection, the IWC Classic series and Portugieser Perpetual Calendar series. These and many other collections distinguish an IWC luxury watch from the competition.