American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones founded The International Watch Company in 1868. His desire was to fuse old world artistry with new world production techniques. This cultural blending of Swiss craftsmanship and American manufacturing soon gave IWC a reputation for supreme reliability and innovation. Following a dynamic period of growth and expansion, IWC Schaffhausen is now one of the finest watchmakers in Switzerland. Buying an IWC watch means owning a true piece of American and Swiss heritage. See what precision engineering can create with our collection of exceptional used IWC watches for sale at Crown & Caliber.
Although IWC changed hands a few times, their leaders all had an innovative spirit that propelled the brand into new firsts. Early on, IWC formed the first watches with a digital hour and minutes display called the Pallweber system. Then, they introduced the first movements specifically designed for wristwatches: the 75 and 76 calibers. In the decades to follow, they would begin to release some of their most iconic models including the Special Pilot's Watch, Portuguese, and Big Pilot’s Watch, as well as military watches.
IWC’s most iconic creation includes the the first Pilot's Watch Mark 11. In the decades after, IWC released the Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Portofino, and limited edition II Destriero Scafusia. When IWC became part of Richemont Group, the Big Pilot, Aquatimer, and Ingenieur models expanded. Most recently, IWC released the Top Gun and the IWC Vintage Collection.
Today, IWC continues to embody its founder's spirit of innovation. In 2018, they unveiled a state-of-the-art online customization tool for the Ingenieur Chronograph. The launch marked the brand's first foray into built-to-order watches.
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