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IWC watches are exceptional in the literal sense. It is a Swiss brand founded by an American; it is a German-speaking manufacture beyond the traditional francophone “watch valley”; it boasts rare strength in both sports and dress watches. In Schaffhausen, the oversized “Portugieser” formal line shares equal billing with the aggressive Pilot’s line of sports models. A true manufacture, IWC is equipped to realize every step of watch production from engineering to the final assembly of its own case and movement components. Browse our pre-owned suite of IWC watch models like the Aquatimer, Ingenieur, Portofino, and more.
The heritage of IWC watches is firmly rooted in the American pioneering spirit. Having produced everything from pocket watches featuring the digital “Pallweber” display, as well as women’s and men’s wristwatches, this brand has a long and illustrious history and helped shape the watchmaking industry into what it is today. Worn by movie star Bradley Cooper, and Captain America, Chris Evans, this watch has made it onto the wrist of countless celebrities and into the hearts of people across the globe. Designed from the highest quality, luxury components, individuals, can count on the watch to last, providing decades of precision timekeeping.
IWC Watches: A History
IWC was founded by Florentine Ariosto Jones, a Boston-born watchmaker, in 1868 in Switzerland. He utilized the help of Swiss watchmakers, along with modern technology and hydropower that was derived from the River Rhine to manufacture the highest possible quality watch movements. Several years after it was founded, the ownership of this factory was transferred into Swiss hands. In 1880, Johannes Rauschenbach-Vogel purchased the company, and four generations owned and ran it, under varying names. Even though the transfer of ownership from generation to generation, the brand stayed true to the philosophy of the product – Probus Scafusia, which was a dedication to excellence. Learn more about the brand’s rich history and modern marvels when you read this expert article detailing 8 Things to Know About IWC.
Discover IWC Watches & Models
IWC is undoubtedly one of the most compelling luxury brands on the market — their history and dedication to excellence is fascinating and unwavering. For example, since creating its first movement, the Jones caliber, they are also recognized for making the first Swiss-made quartz movement as well as the first wristwatch with a built-in compass. Then, in the 1980s, horologist Kurt Klaus created IWC’s perpetual calendar which boasted 87 individual parts. Today, IWC is highly regarded for its aviation-inspired designs and technical precision. Learn more about a number of their most prized pieces.
Claiming its stake as one of the oldest and best-known IWC watches, the Portugieser watch family features several techniques and components from haute horlogerie. These pieces flaunt an iconic design with striking Arabic numerals, slim feuille hands, and a railway track-style chapter ring. Learn more about this exceptional series when you watch this review of the IWC Portugeuese Automatic 7-Days 5007-05. Or, read a detailed discussion about the handsome Portuguese F.A. Jones 5442-01.
A perfect combination of elegance and sport, the IWC Ingenieur is a very versatile collection that offers a range of functions from automatic pieces to chronographs and perpetual calendars. If you’re searching for a great, near-mint condition piece, discover this Ingenieur ref. IW3239-04 for a self-winding automatic watch that features a 40mm stainless steel case surrounding a silver dial.
IWC has a long history and close ties with aviation and the army — in fact, they created timepieces for the British Army during the brand’s impressive beginnings. Today, their suite of pilot’s watches are comprised of several different design styles, functions, and model families including the Top Gun, Spitfire, and Le Petit Prince. See one model up close when you watch this expert review of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer 3262-01.
What Makes IWC Watches So Appealing?
IWC is known for producing innovative timepieces that are crafted with only the highest quality parts, and that feature beautiful designs. Currently, there are six signature families of IWC watches, featuring everything from dress watches to diving watches, all designed and built with the same dedication to excellence as in the very beginning.
Why Buy Pre-Owned IWC Watches?
If you would like to become one of the select individuals of exquisite taste who owns and wears IWC watches, you should consider buying a pre-owned model. At WatchBox, we are the top global trader, seller, and buyer of these timepieces and provide a wide array of styles and options to consumers around the world. When you purchase from our online store, you will find we offer a huge array of authentic used IWC watches for men and women that are backed by a 15-month guarantee, as well as white glove service.
Frequently Asked Questions About IWC Watches
Are IWC watches good quality?
IWC watches are the epitome of quality, precision, and luxury. Their long history in high horology has allowed them to hone their craft and remain steadfast in their pursuit of excellence. Collectors who appreciate detailed designs and exceptional, traditional movements love this brand.
Does IWC make quartz watches?
IWC is credited for making the first Swiss-made quartz movement. Today, collectors looking for an IWC quartz watch may find them on the pre-owned market, particularly when browsing for Da Vinci timepieces.
How do you set the time on an IWC watch?
The way that the time is set on an IWC watch varies by collection or model. For example, if you’re setting the day, date, and time on a IWC GST piece, you would leverage the crown and pushers. If you were setting the time on a Portugieser 7 Day piece, you would also use the crown — for a more detailed how-to, watch this expert review about the watch’s function and care.
Is IWC a better watch than Omega?
IWC and Omega are equally as impressive when it comes to quality, precision, and craftsmanship. However, collectors with various tastes may prefer different styles, models, and functionalities offered by the two brands. For example, IWC is known for creating more traditional pilot’s watches while Omega has created robust pieces that have been sent to the moon like the Speedmaster.
Does WatchBox guarantee quality on IWC watches?
Yes, WatchBox guarantees the quality and authenticity of every pre-owned IWC watch that is presented for sale. Each piece must pass a rigorous evaluation process and be brought back to manufacture standards by our team of in-house watchmakers and refinishers. Plus, we offer a 2-Year Warranty on all of our pre-owned timepieces.