The Story of IWC
An American watchmaking pioneer named Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the IWC (International Watch Company) in Schaffhausen in 1868. He drew on the help of eminently qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology and hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine to manufacture watch movements of the highest possible quality.
We have been committed to our heritage for over 150 years. Our mechanical timepieces are handcrafted in our workshops with meticulous attention to detail. Our six watch families combine precision engineering with extraordinary and timeless design, bringing the finest technology and unique emotions to your wrist.
IWC’s watch families – the Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino – look back on a long tradition. They attest to the innovation of the engineers in Schaffhausen through four generations and embrace the broad range of the company’s watchmaking expertise: from robust watches for everyday use to professional sports watches and the complexities of haute horlogerie at its finest. These are joined by watch specialities such as the Grande Complication and the IWC Vintage Collection.
IWC AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “EXPEDITION CHARLES DARWIN”
The choice of bronze for the case pays homage to the well-known ship, HMS Beagle, that carried Charles Darwin on his expedition to the Galapagos Islands. In those days, bronze – which is non-corrosive – was used for portholes, fittings and nautical instruments. Depending on the use to which it is put, bronze develops a patina in the course of time and darkens in colour, giving the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” its own unmistakable character. The bronze tone recurs in the luminescent material on the hands, indices and quarter-hour scale on the internal rotating bezel. Equipped with the IWC-manufactured 89365 movement, rubber-coated push-buttons, the SafeDive system and water-resistance to 30 bar, this special edition is ideal for expeditions in this day and age both on land and underwater. The engraving on the back is an expressive portrait of Darwin, whose revolutionary theory of evolution changed our way of thinking for ever.
DA VINCI AUTOMATIC 36
The interplay between the silver-plated dial, golden hands and numerals and blue seconds hand lends this watch a very modern, expressive look. The slightly recessed inner circle on the dial, the striking dome-shaped crown and the circular date window at “6 o’clock” all add a touch of feminine style to this three-hand timepiece. Articulated lugs ensure that the horns do not protrude from the case. The watch fits perfectly on the wrist, making it extremely comfortable to wear, and the strap is held securely fastened by the new three-wing butterfly clasp. All watches are equipped with the tried and tested 35111 calibre and are water-resistant to 3 bar. With the Flower of Life engraved on the case back, IWC pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci’s tireless search for mathematical rules for beauty and proportions.
PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH SPITFIRE
For the first time ever, IWC presents a Pilot’s Chronograph with a movement from the 69000-calibre family, housed in a reduced case size with a diameter of 41 millimetres. The IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre is a rugged chronograph movement with a classic column wheel design. It displays stopped hours and minutes in two subdials at “9 o’clock” and “12 o’clock”. The bidirectional pawl-winding system builds up a power reserve of 46 hours. This chronograph with a bronze case, an olive green dial and a brown calfskin strap has a unique character. Over time, the bronze develops an individual patina. A soft-iron inner case effectively shields the movement from magnetic fields.
We can source IWC watches from official dealers so if you are after a particular model please contact us with the model reference code and we will get back to you with a discounted price.