The International Watch Company, which is also known as IWC, is a Swiss company that manufactures luxury watches. It is located at Schaffhausen in Switzerland. The company was founded by an American watchmaker known as Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. The IWC Schaffhausen is very popular because in all of eastern Switzerland, it is the only major factory producing Swiss watches. The majority of the Swiss watch manufacturing companies that are well known are located in western Switzerland.
The IWC’s lingua franca is in German. The company’s motto, which was established in 1903, is Probus Scafusia, which translates to "excellent high quality craftsmanship from Schaffhausen." Florentine Ariosto Jones, who was previously a director of the E. Howard and Co. situated in Boston, founded the company with the aim of bringing together the advanced engineering technology and the craftsmanship of the Swiss.
The foundations of the watch manufacturing company in north eastern Switzerland, which is now known as the International Watch Company in Schaffhausen, were laid in 1850 by Jones and an industrialist by the name Johann Heinrich Moser. IWC has established a great reputation over the years as it manufactures luxury watches with a lot of passion.
Here are some of their finest masterpieces.
Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36
The Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 is designed for people with a slim wrist. The three hand watch has an elegant design with an inner circle which gives it a three dimension appearance. It may come in either a dark brown leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet. The polished case together with its sapphire glass gives it a dazzling look. It is water resistant and has a forty two hour power reserve. It goes for $3,532.
Pilot’s Watch timezoner Chronograph
This is the first mechanical watch that allows setting of a new time zone with a single rotation. The names of different cities are indicated on the rotating ring, where each name stands for a specific time zone. It has a black calfskin strap and a stainless steel case. The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph has a 68 hr power reserve and costs $4,750.
Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupery”
The Pilot’s watch features brown calfskin straps and tobacco brown dials. The perpetual calendar shows the different phases of the moon plus the hours, minutes, seconds and the date. With the power of two barrels, the watch has a seven day power reserve. It supports nine functions and displays. Its rotor is red gold in color, has a soft iron inner case to protect it from magnetic fields and is secured against pressure by a sapphire glass. The case material, which is 15.5 mm in height, is made of stainless steel and all its properties show that it was designed for flying. It costs around $22,090.60.
Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupery”
Just like the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupery”, this watch has brown calfskin straps with ornamental seams that are cream white in color and tobacco brown dials. It is has a stainless steel casing material and a power reserve of 44 hours when fully charged. It displays the date and its stopwatch function has seconds, minutes and hours. It protected against magnetic fields by a soft iron inner case and is covered by a sapphire glass. The watch costs $9,688.80.
Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince”
The 46 mm star shaped watch, which was launched in 2015, has a 7 day power reserve. On each day, one of the stars which are seven in number is illuminated to show the visit of the little prince to a different planet. The stars are in the inner circle, where the dial is midnight blue in color. The case material is of stainless steel whereas the covering is done with convex sapphire glass. Its price is $11,018.
Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Le Petit Prince”
The watch has a midnight blue dial and brown calfskin straps. It has a soft iron interior case to provide protection against external magnetic field effects. It has a 42 hour power reserve when fully charged. It has a date display on its dial. It has a diameter of 40mm and a height of 11mm. The watch goes for $3,532.30.
Big Pilot’s Watch
The triangular index is placed below the chapter ring and the numbers appear a little bit bolder. It has black calfskin straps and a stainless steel case material. It has a 7 day power reserve, displays the date and is covered by a sapphire glass with anti reflective coating on both sides. It is water resistant, has a case height of 16mm and a diameter of 46mm. It costs $14,500.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph
This watch has a stainless steel case material with black calfskin straps. It is black in color, has mechanical chronograph movement, a 44 hour power reserve when it is fully wound and displays date time. The stop watch function has seconds, minutes and hours. It has soft iron inner case to protect it from external magnetic fields and has a convex sapphire glass. It is water resistant, has a diameter of 43 mm and a case height of 15mm. It goes for $4,307.
Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun
Comprising of 311 parts, the Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun has a 7 day power reserve. The case of the watch is made of ceramic material, has black calfskin straps and a black dial. It has 42 jewels, has a date display and a sapphire glass. The diameter is 46mm and the height 15mm. It costs $11,903.
Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun
The top gun logo is engraved on the dial of the watch. It has a 68 hour power reserve when fully wound and has a stop watch function with seconds, minutes and hours. It has a soft iron inner case for protecting it against magnetic fields, a convex sapphire glass with anti reflective coating on both sides and is water resistant. It has a case height of 15.5 mm and a diameter of 44mm. It costs $9,578.
Big Pilot’s Watch Spitfire
The 46 mm, red gold case watch is something that will definitely attract you. It is magnificently crafted. It has brown calfskin straps and an orange inner surface that gives it an amazing look. It has seven day power reserve, has a date display and a soft iron inner casing to protect it against magnetic fields. It goes for $2,3530.
Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire
The 43mm diameter watch is water resistant to 6 bars and has a stainless steel case. Also, it has a stainless steel bracelet and a slate colored dial. It has a 44 hour power reserve when fully wound, has a date display, a soft iron inner case to cater for protection against magnetic fields and a convex sapphire glass with anti reflective coatings on both sides. The watch costs $5,149.
Written by Garrett Parker
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