Pilot's WatchSee Collection
The story behind the IWC Schaffhausen Pilot's Watch Collection
An authentic collection of Pilot’s watches with a distinctly masculine design. IWC Schaffhausen first launched their series of Pilot’s watches in 1936 during what many believe to be a golden age of progress for the world of aviation. Since then IWC Schaffhausen's Pilot watches have become widely used by professional pilots and adored by many others around the world. For over 70 years IWC Schaffhausen have been producing robust and reliable Pilot’s watches built to meet military standards. The watches and chronographs have a wide range of functions and although classic in design, many are constructed using contemporary high-tech materials such as ceramic and titanium.
IWC PortugieserSee Collection
The story behind the IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Collection
In the 1930s two Portuguese businessmen challenged IWC Schaffhausen to produce a wristwatch with marine chronometer accuracy. By 1939 IWC Schaffhausen had created a timeless classic that has become one of the world’s most popular timepieces. The Portuguese collection combines traditional nautical instruments with progressive contemporary mechanics. From their home in Schaffhausen IWC make some of the most accurate automatic movements in the world. Portuguese watches and chronographs come with a clear display with beautifully integrated numerals and pure white or black dials. The Portugieser collection are secured by luxurious alligator straps of various colours.
The story behind the IWC Portofino Collection
The Portofino collection is instantly recognisable by its simple timeless design. The range was launched in 1984 in part as a response to the quartz dominated market of the 1970s and 80s. IWC Schaffhausen saw a demand for classical watches and aimed to fill this gap by creating the Portofino. Portofino is an idyllic fishing village in the Ligurian coast that became a draw for the rich and famous due to its beautiful scenery and easy going Mediterranean lifestyle. During the day they would relax, and in the night time meet up for drinks on a rise above the bay. The Portofino collection is designed to represent moments such as these.
The story behind the IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer
The Aquatimer collection was launched in 1967 to coincide with an increase in the popularity of scuba diving. Like the current models, the original Aquatimer featured an internally rotating bezel for measuring dive times. It wasn’t until 1982 that IWC Schaffhausen produced their first watch with an external rotating bezel which was highly luminous and water resistant to 2000 metres. The spirit of this watch lives on today with the Automatic 2000. The Aquatimer collection also features chronographs available to buy from The Watch Gallery in black or blue with a choice of steel bracelet or rubber strap.
The story behind the IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur
The Inginieur is a series of watches renowned for extreme resistance to shock and changes of temperature. IWC Schaffhausen joined a host of Swiss watchmaking manufacturers competing to create the world’s first bi-directional automatic movement by introducing the Inginieur in 1955. Inginieur models feature a bold, pure 46mm cases with an individual design. The movement is protected by a shock absorbent inner case which makes it practical in extreme conditions even in some of the world most inhospitable regions.
IWC Limited EditionsSee Collection
IWC Schaffhausen Limited Editions
IWC Schaffhausen have a collectable range of limited edition watches for IWC Schaffhausen enthusiasts alike. These exclusive watches are available world wide but in Limited quantities. Shop the IWC Schaffhausen Limited Edition range here at The Watch Gallery.
From durable everyday pieces and sports watches to complexities of Haute Horlogerie, IWC are, as the name suggests, world renowned for their prodigious craftsmanship.
IWC Schaffhausen HERITAGE
As the name suggests the International Watch Company IWC Schaffhausen is a truly global brand. Founded by a US watchmaker and businessman Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868 in Schaffhausen, IWC Schaffhausen's aim was to produce mechanical watches to traditional Swiss standard using progressive American techniques.
Now IWC Schaffhausen;s employs over 650 people, including 180 of the world’s highest skilled watchmakers. In the 19th Century, IWC Schaffhausen demonstrated a passion for innovation through pocket watches such as the Pallweber which had a revolutionary digital hour and minute display, and by the end of the century IWC Schaffhausen were producing their first wristwatches.