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IWC Schaffhausen

  • IWC was established in 1868 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, by an American watchmaker named Florentine Ariosto Jones.
  • IWC has a strong connection to aviation, having produced pilot's watches since the early 1930s.
  • Some of IWC's most iconic watch models include the Portugieser, the Pilot's Watch, the Aquatimer, and the Da Vinci.
  • The Portugieser collection is known for its elegant design and timeless appeal, with models like the Portugieser Chronograph and the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar.
  • The Pilot's Watch collection features large, easy-to-read dials and rugged designs. The Big Pilot's Watch is one of the most recognisable models.
  • The Ingenieur collection is IWC's line of sports watches, known for their robustness and durability.
  • IWC's dive watch collection is called the Aquatimer, with models suitable for both professional divers and recreational enthusiasts.
  • IWC's headquarters and manufacturing facility are located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
  • IWC manufactures its own movements, including the Calibre 89 and Calibre 5000 series.
  • IWC often releases limited-edition models that pay tribute to historic events, figures, or special partnerships.
  • IWC's founder, F.A. Jones, was American, and the company has always maintained strong ties with the United States.
  • IWC is dedicated to sustainable and responsible watchmaking and is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
  • IWC watchmaker Kurt Klaus developed a groundbreaking perpetual calendar mechanism that only requires adjustment in the year 2100. This innovation is featured in many IWC watches.
  • The IWC Mark XI pilot's watch was issued to the Royal Air Force in 1948 and became an iconic timepiece.
  • IWC has a long history of partnering with celebrities and brand ambassadors, including actors, athletes, and explorers.
  • In 1936, IWC created a special watch for aviator Charles Lindbergh, which featured a rotating bezel for calculating fuel consumption and other flight-related calculations.
  • Vintage IWC watches are highly sought after by collectors, often commanding high prices at auctions.
  • IWC uses a wide range of materials in its watches, including stainless steel, gold, platinum, and titanium.
  • The company has its own museum in Schaffhausen, where visitors can explore the history of IWC watches and see vintage models.