Founded in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones. Ending up in Schaffhausen as the only watch manufacturer in the north-east region of Switzerland. With the help of modern technology and hydropower, they run a factory producing pocket watch movements. After F.A. Jones returns to the US the Rausenbachs take over the company shortly followed by Homberger in 1905. Post-war helps the development of and increased demand for everyday watches and Albert Pellaton develops an anti-magnetic watch. During the quartz crisis, IWC focusses on masterpieces and experiments with materials. Later on, IWC became part of the Richemont group along with other brands like A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, Panerai and Jaeger-LeCoultre to name a few.
Founding of the International Watch Company in Schaffhausen
Construction of the new premises for 196 employees and still current HQ
Introduction of the first digital display watches with pallieter system
First calibers designed by IWC specifically for wristwatches
Launch of IWC’s first Special Pilot’s Watch
Introduction of the Portugese Watch
IWC develops the first Big Pilot’s Watch
IWC makes the first WWW military wristwatch with royal arrowhead
Launch of the IWC Aquatimer which is waterproof up to 20 bar / 200 meter
Cooperation with Porsche design results in the first wristwatch with compass
IWC is now part of the Richemont Group. Also introducing their 5000-caliber
Günter Blümlein (Chairman of the Board) passes away. He had a huge influence on IWC (and A. Lange & Söhne).
Because of the 140th anniversary, IWC introduced 6 watches each commemorating a watch from an IWC collection.
Opening of the new IWC Manufacture
Did you know?
Approximately 400 people work in the new IWC Manufacture
Gérald Genta designed the 1976 Ingenieur SL1832 for IWC
You can see an IWC on the gloves of F1 Mercedes-AMG drivers Hamilton and Bottas?
Estimated production number of IWC is about 100.000 watches per year
IWC Pilot's Watches
- IWC Big Pilot
- IWC Mark XII
- IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince
- IWC Pilot Chronograph 41
- IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun
- IWC Pilot Spitfire