IWC Watches

Swiss watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has the unique history of being founded by an American in 1868. Florentine Ariosto Jones of Boston sailed to Switzerland to find a place to produce the watches of his dreams. He established the first true production facility for watchmaking, harnessing the power of the Rhine River. Today, IWC is owned by the Richemont Group and is known for its complications, pilot’s watches, Aquatimer dive watches, and the beloved Portugieser and Portofino collections.

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IWC Portofino Automatic 37
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Portofino Automatic 37
6,213 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 37
IWC
Portofino Automatic 37
7,231 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 37
IWC
Portofino Automatic 37
6,213 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 37
IWC
Portofino Automatic 37
11,509 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 37
IWC
Portofino Automatic 37
13,851 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 37
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Portofino Automatic 37
19,351 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37
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Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37
14,055 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37
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Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37
22,916 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37
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Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37
9,166 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 34
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Portofino Automatic 34
5,398 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 34
IWC
Portofino Automatic 34
5,398 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 34
IWC
Portofino Automatic 34
6,416 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 34
IWC
Portofino Automatic 34
11,101 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 34
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Portofino Automatic 34
13,342 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 34
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Portofino Automatic 34
13,342 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic Day & Night 34
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Portofino Automatic Day & Night 34
20,573 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic Day & Night 34
IWC
Portofino Automatic Day & Night 34
7,027 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic Day & Night 34
IWC
Portofino Automatic Day & Night 34
11,712 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph 39
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Portofino Chronograph 39
7,300 USD
IWC Portugieser Chronograph
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Portugieser Chronograph
9,064 USD
IWC Portugieser Automatic
IWC
Portugieser Automatic
13,037 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 43
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch 43
9,370 USD
IWC Portugieser Automatic 40
IWC
Portugieser Automatic 40
7,639 USD
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42
IWC
Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42
23,425 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition "Le Petit Prince"
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition "Le Petit Prince"
23,323 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Bronze
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Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Bronze
8,250 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Edition "Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Edition "Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team"
8,250 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph 39 "Laureus Sport for Good"
IWC
Portofino Chronograph 39 "Laureus Sport for Good"
6,722 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 43 Top Gun
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch 43 Top Gun
11,000 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Edition Ceratanium
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Edition Ceratanium
13,240 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "Lake Tahoe"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "Lake Tahoe"
11,203 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "Woodland"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "Woodland"
11,203 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 43 Spitfire
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch 43 Spitfire
9,350 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 43 Spitfire
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch 43 Spitfire
8,950 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Monopusher Edition "Le Petit Prince"
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Monopusher Edition "Le Petit Prince"
16,100 USD
IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium
IWC
Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium
16,900 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium
48,000 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Edition "Las Vegas"
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Edition "Las Vegas"
15,583 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "IWC X Hot Wheels Racing Works"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "IWC X Hot Wheels Racing Works"
11,101 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Royal Maces"
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Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Royal Maces"
10,900 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Blue Angels®”
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Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Blue Angels®”
10,900 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Tophatters"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Tophatters"
10,900 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph
IWC
Portofino Chronograph
6,100 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph 39
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Portofino Chronograph 39
5,900 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph 39
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Portofino Chronograph 39
5,900 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph 39
IWC
Portofino Chronograph 39
5,900 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph 39
IWC
Portofino Chronograph 39
5,900 USD
IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Tourbillon
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Portugieser Hand-Wound Tourbillon
64,500 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic
IWC
Portofino Automatic
4,900 USD
IWC Portugieser Automatic 40
IWC
Portugieser Automatic 40
8,200 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition "Le Petit Prince"
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Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition "Le Petit Prince"
122,217 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Edition "SFTI"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Edition "SFTI"
5,400 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Chinese New Year"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Chinese New Year"
7,700 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph
5,900 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph
5,900 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch
12,900 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph
IWC
Portofino Chronograph
16,800 USD
IWC Portofino Automatic 34
IWC
Portofino Automatic 34
13,100 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph
IWC
Portofino Chronograph
6,100 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph
IWC
Portofino Chronograph
7,100 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph
IWC
Portofino Chronograph
6,100 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph
IWC
Portofino Chronograph
6,100 USD
IWC Portofino Chronograph
IWC
Portofino Chronograph
7,100 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic Edition "Laureus Sport for Good"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Automatic Edition "Laureus Sport for Good"
6,250 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "AMG"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "AMG"
9,100 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon "IWC Racing*
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon "IWC Racing*
224,065 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Shock Absorber XPL
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Shock Absorber XPL
83,600 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar
29,900 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert"
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Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert"
35,000 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert"
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert"
14,800 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
6,500 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
7,200 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
7,200 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 43
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch 43
8,400 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph 41
6,500 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 43
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch 43
9,350 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 43
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch 43
8,400 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Tribute to 3705"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Tribute to 3705"
11,900 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Timezoner Edition "Le Petit Prince"
IWC
Big Pilot's Watch Timezoner Edition "Le Petit Prince"
13,800 USD
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "SFTI"
IWC
Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "SFTI"
9,150 USD

History of IWC

The International Watch Company (IWC) is a luxury watch manufacturer headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Florentine Ariosto Jones, an American, founded the company in 1868 to combine Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship with American engineering techniques to manufacture watch movements and components.

With the assistance of watch manufacturer Heinrich Moser, who built the town’s first hydroelectric plant, Jones rented the first factory in Schaffhausen in 1869. IWC quickly expanded its watch production with the help of local watchmakers, and by 1875 the company moved its factory to a privately owned building.

Johann Rauschenbach-Vogel, a machine manufacturer from Schaffhausen, took over the IWC in 1880 and renamed it Uhrenfabrik von J. Rauschenbach. A year later, in 1881, Johann Rauschenbach-Vogel passed away, leaving his son Johannes Rauschenbach-Schenk to run the company. The brand’s first horological discovery occurred in 1885, when IWC introduced of the world’s first digital watch.

After Johannes Rauschenbach-Schenk died in 1905 his son-in-law Ernst Jakob Homberger took over the company and renamed it Uhrenfabrik von Ernst Homberger-Rauschenbach. Between 1930 and 1945, IWC was one of five watch manufacturers that built observation watches (B-Uhren) for the German air force.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Swiss watchmaking industry underwent a far-reaching technological change due to the quartz crisis and the explosive rise in gold prices. For the sake of survival, IWC, under the leadership of Director and CEO Otto Heller, developed a line of high-quality pocket watches and set up its modern wristwatch and case manufacturing facilities.

In 1991, IWC director Günter Blümlein founded the LMH Group with its headquarters in Schaffhausen. It had a 100% stake in IWC, a 60% stake in Jaeger-LeCoultre, and a 90% stake in A. Lange & Söhne. In July 2000, Richemont acquired LMH for CHF 2.8 billion.

IWC First Digital Watch 1855

The IWC 1885 pocket watch was the first pocket watch with a digital display, demonstrating the brand’s remarkable spirit of innovation. The timepiece resulted from a patent granted to an Austrian named Pallweber. Instead of a conventional dial, this watch featured a jumping hour mechanism and two windows for hours and minutes.

IWC’s Most Expensive Timepiece

IWC’s most expensive watch is the Portuguese Sidéral Scafusia. IWC developed this model over ten years, making it the most complex watch they ever produced. The Constant-Force Tourbillon on this watch was one of the biggest highlights, along with a 96-hour power reserve and a Sidéral time display. In addition, the watch featured an astronomical dial and a celestial chart on the back. The watch retailed for 750,000 USD.

Who Owns IWC?

Richemont Group, a Swiss luxury goods holding company, owns IWC and runs IWC alongside other brands, including Mont Blanc, Cartier, and Vacheron-Constantin.

Fun Fact – The IWC Museum

The IWC museum is located on the ground floor of the manufacture and features a wide variety of exhibits, including the first timepiece made by the company. In addition, an exciting exhibition at the museum traces the development of the IWC Aquatimer collection from 1967 to 2014.

IWC Collections

Portugieser Collection

IWC Schaffhausen’s Portugieser collection combines traditional values and design with modern watchmaking technology. This collection includes classically elegant chronographs, automatic three-hand watches, and highly complicated watches, such as perpetual calendars and minute repeaters.

Pilot’s Watches Collection

IWC is perhaps the most closely associated Swiss watchmaker with pilot’s watches. They feature luminous Arabic numerals and indices and cathedral-style sword hands for easy reading. With over 50 models, the current collection features everything from three-hand timepieces to chronographs to pilot watches with tourbillons.

Portofino Collection

The IWC Portofino collection includes minimalist, sophisticated, and delicate watches. This collection features timepieces with round cases made from polished gold or stainless steel. Aside from being gorgeous, these watches have in-house movements and feature complications like perpetual calendar and tourbillon.

Da Vinci Collection

IWC Schaffhausen has repeatedly reimagined its Da Vinci series over the years. Despite these differences, all timepieces have some common characteristics: an elegant design, quality materials, and sophisticated complications.

Ingenieur Collection

The IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur collection has been a pillar of its catalog since 1955. The inner ring of these watches is made of soft iron, which protects from magnetic fields. This collection includes watches like Ingenieur Reference 666 and Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date and Month.

Aquatimer Collection

The IWC Auatimer collection includes diving watches. A useful feature of this collection is its ability to measure safe diving time with the internal ring. The Aquatimer collection also contains special edition mechanical chronographs, such as Galapagos Islands Edition and Jacques-Yves Cousteau Edition.