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 own 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 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 are 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 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. Included in this line are the IWC Portuguese Regulator, the IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar, the IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calender II, the IWC Portuguese Automatic, the IWC Portuguese Automatic 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 Pilot watches are also extremely popular; lead off by the Big Pilot’s Watch with an oversized case and seven-day power reserve, followed by the Spitfire Mark XVI, the Spitfire Automatic Chronograph, the IWC Spitfire UTC, the IWC Classic Mark XVI, the IWC Classic Automatic Chronograph, and the IWC Classic Double (sometimes referred to as IWC Dopple) Chronograph.
IWC watches are for the real watch enthusiast, offering him must-have watches with limited editions and highly sought after designs, including the Vintage Collection, Da Vinci watches, and the New Ingenieur Collection, which clearly distinguish IWC from the competition.