IWC

The International Watch Company, or IWC, was established in Switzerland in 1868 by American engineer Florentine Ariosto Jones. His aim was to produce high-quality pocket watches for the American market. The company was transferred to the Rauschenbach family in 1880 after Jones’s return to the United States. IWC has been a subsidiary of Richemont since 2000.

The brand is best known for its pilot watches, which remain central to IWC today. IWC also produces dress watches, dive watches and collectible models with sophisticated complications such as the IWC Schaffhausen Warhorse. This watch was developed for the firm’s 125th anniversary in 1993. In 2021, Christie’s sold an extremely rare example with full diamond setting for HK$3,250,000.

During its early years, IWC produced pocket watches and wristwatches for men and women. Throughout World War I and World War II, IWC took on highly profitable and commercial military contracts, producing more pilot watches than any other company. The first special edition IWC pilot watch was released in 1936, followed in 1939 by the IWC Portugieser. In response to a surge in demand, the firm released the IWC Big Pilot’s watch in 1940.

Special edition pilot watches include the IWC Spitfire, IWC Top Gun, IWC Le Petit Prince and the IWC Antoine De Saint-Expuéry. IWC’s first Pilot’s Watch Mark 11 appeared in 1948. Popular successors include the IWC Mark XX and the IWC Mark XVIII.

In 1955, the brand launched the IWC Ingenieur with automatic winding. This was followed in 1967 by the IWC Aquatimer. Water-resistant to 20 bar, this diver’s watch would go on to become the watch of choice for professional use underwater.

IWC made history in 1980 by producing the world’s first chronograph in a titanium case. A decade later it introduced the wristwatch-sized Grande Complication.

The Richemont era continues to see new innovations and expansion at IWC. A double moon display was added to the perpetual calendar in the Portugieser line, while an external/internal rotating bezel was introduced to the Aquatimer. In 2011, the firm launched the elegant IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days. The IWC Big Pilot 43 with calibre 82 and open case back appeared in 2021.

IWC watches are regularly sold at auction. Highly collectible models include the IWC Schaffhausen and watches with the IWC Grande Complication.

IWC. A Very Rare, Fine and Large 18k Gold Limited Edition Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeating Split Second Chronograph Tourbillon Wristwatch with Digital Year Display and Moon Phases

SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, IL DESTRIERO SCAFUSIA MODEL, NO. 112/125, REF. 1868, MOVEMENT NO. 2500118, CASE NO. 2537002, CIRCA 1993

IWC. A FINE, LARGE, HEAVY AND VERY RARE PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND YEAR DISPLAY

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, GRANDE COMPLICATION, NO. 12/50, REF. NO. IW9270-16, CASE NO. 3'146'971, MANUFACTURED IN 2005

IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch with black dial and Gay Freres bracelet

SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGIESER MODEL, REF. 325, CASE NO. 1'072'487, MOVEMENT NO. 932'033, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

IWC. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold limited edition minute repeating perpetual calendar split seconds chronograph tourbillon wristwatch with moon phases

SIGNED IWC, INTERNATIONAL WATCH COMPANY, SCHAFFHAUSEN, 1868-1993, IL DESTRIERO SCAFUSIA, NO. 124/125, REF. 1868, MOVEMENT NO. 2’500’056, CASE NO. 2’537’066, CIRCA 1995

IWC. A FINE AND RARE LIMITED EDITION 18K WHITE GOLD SKELETONIZED MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH

SIGNED IWC, PROBUS SCAFUSIA, REF. 5241, PORTUGUESE SQUELETTE MODEL, NO. 26/50, CASE NO. 3080904, CIRCA 2006

IWC. A very fine and large platinum limited edition automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch with moon phases, original certificate and box

SIGNED IWC PORTUGIESER GRANDE COMPLICATION, 2014, NO. 05/100, REF. IW377401, CASE NO. 3’924’200, MANUFACTURED IN 2017

IWC. A fine and rare oversized platinum limited edition automatic perpetual calendar minute repeating chronograph wristwatch with moon phases

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, GRANDE COMPLICATION, NO. 43/50, REF. 3770, CASE NO. 2'554'043, MANUFACTURED IN 1993

IWC. A fine and rare oversized platinum limited edition automatic perpetual calendar minute repeating chronograph wristwatch with moon phases

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, GRANDE COMPLICATION, NO. 18/50, REF. 3770, MOVEMENT NO. 2'435'124, CASE NO. 2'554'018, MANUFACTURED IN 1993

IWC. A FINE AND RARE LIMITED EDITION OVERSIZED PLATINUM AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES

SIGNED IWC, GRANDE COMPLICATION, NO. 49/50, MOVEMENT NO. 2435039, CASE NO. 2451049, REF. 3770, CIRCA 1990

IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch with black dial and Gay Freres bracelet

SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGIESER MODEL, REF. 325, CASE NO. 1'072'487, MOVEMENT NO. 932'033, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch

SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGIESER MODEL, REF. 325, CASE NO. 1'072'514, MOVEMENT NO. 932'006, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

IWC. A Fine Oversized Limited Edition Platinum Skeletonized Wristwatch

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGUESE, F.A. JONES MODEL, REF. 5442, NO. 42/50, MOVEMENT NO. 25'077, CASE NO. 3'243'526, CIRCA 2006

IWC. A Very Rare, Fine and Large 18k Gold Limited Edition Automatic Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeating Chronograph Wristwatch with Moon Phases

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, GRANDE COMPLICATION, REF. 3770, NO. 15/50, CASE NO. 2'832'159, CIRCA 2001

IWC. A RARE, LARGE AND ELEGANT PLATINUM LIMITED EDITION MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH GUARANTEE AND BOX

SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., PORTUGUESE REPETITION MODEL, REF. 5240, NO. 1, CIRCA 2000

IWC. A very fine and rare stainless steel oversized wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial

SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGIESER MODEL, MOVEMENT NO. 931'766, CASE NO. 1'016'914, CIRCA 1940

IWC. A fine, rare and large 18K pink gold limited edition minute repeating wristwatch

SIGNED INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO., SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGIESER MINUTENREPETITION, REF. 5240, NO. 085/250, CASE NO. 2795447, MOVEMENT NO. 2539032, MANUFACTURED IN 2000

IWC. A FINE, LARGE AND RARE 18K PINK GOLD LIMITED EDITION MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGUESE MODEL, NO. 007/250, CASE NO. 3'165'152, CIRCA 2000

IWC. A FINE LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM PERPETUAL CALENDAR TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND DIGITAL YEAR DISPLAY

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, DA VINCI TOURBILLON MODEL, NO. 18/50, MOVEMENT NO. 2562328, CASE NO. 2754033, CIRCA 1995

IWC. A Fine Limited Edition Platinum Automatic Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases and 7-Day Power Reserve

SIGNED IWC, SCHAFFHAUSEN, PORTUGUESE PERPETUAL CALENDAR MODEL, REF. 5023, NO. 015/250, MOVEMENT NO. 3'228'815, CASE NO. 3'594'020, CIRCA 2011