IWC Watches Schaffhausen
Good, unique and rock solid craftsmanship made in Schaffhausen
The International Watch Company (IWC Watches Schaffhausen) prides itself in a long, illustrious history in the high art of watch making; a century and a half to be precise…and still counting. Some of the best, most intricately detailed chronographs ever made trace their origins to the critically acclaimed International Watch Company in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
IWC Watches – Pride of the East- Schaffhausen’s finest
IWC is known for being the only Swiss luxury watchmaker located in East Switzerland, with most of the well-known Swiss luxury watchmakers running their operations from the west.
To this day, IWC watches spot the name of this town on their watch faces, probably as badge of pride and honor.
From its humble beginnings on the banks of the River Rhine, IWC continues to be on the forefront of innovation and creative fervor, churning out celebrated masterpieces that have become enduring symbols of precision and excellent craftsmanship.
IWC Watch Collections
IWC Pilot Watches
IWC has outdone itself with its well done series of the aviator watch. Besides its remarkable movement inside the case, easy legibility made possible by its sans serif numerals and dagger like hands, this series is perfect for the pilot extraordinaire seeking to conquer the avian frontier. Learn more about why the IWC pilot watch is the ultimate companion whether you are flying an Apache or on vacation in Maui.
IWC Pilot’s watches – Because time flies.
The IWC Pilot chronograph embodies the true time instrument. It features the signature matte black IWC dial with outstanding readability even in the most demanding of situations. With IWC famous for being the pioneer manufacturer of pilot watches, the IWC Big Pilot chronograph emerges as the face of IWC pilot watches. In the interest of precision, The IWC big pilot watch allowed airmen and navigators to synchronize their watches by tugging on the crown and temporarily stopping the second hand and setting it in motion again this time in step with the rest of the team, down to the very second.
Another outstanding iteration of these pilot watches from IWC is the 40mm diameter IWC Pilot Mark XVIII watch. The specifics of this watch, including the anti-magnetic properties made this watch specially adapted to the needs of the pilot. It also comes with interchangeable straps, which enables the wearer to personalize the watch to their liking. This watch also features the innovative IWC big pilot perpetual calendar that promises to be valid for the entirety of your lifetime.
When two Portuguese businessmen placed an order at IWC in the 1930s for a timepiece that had the accuracy of a marine time instrument, little did they know that they were setting in motion one of the most recognizable brands from the IWC roster;
IWC Portugieser – Where Swiss craftsmanship meets Portuguese inspiration.
The IWC Portugieser chronograph. The IWC Portuguese continues to be the emblem of iconic simplicity in style and presentation, maintaining the hall mark design elements of the famous IWC pocket watches from IWC’s earlier.
Special tribute continues to be paid to the Portuguese with an entire series dedicated to celebrating Portuguese businessmen. With the unique railway track design of the chapter ring, the Portugisier series has one of the more elegant, dressier looks of the IWC series. It also features a formidable IWC Portugieser Automatik movement and also the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar which its brothers from the Pilot collection also spot. Most notably, the powerful IWC Portuguese 7 days power reserve which lets you enjoy tip top performance from your watch for 7 straight days unhindered. So why wait any longer? Browse our collection of new pre owned watches from the IWC Portuguiser series today right here on Rattrapante.
The splendor of the picturesque fishing village of Portofino is immortalized in this beautiful series from IWC. The IWC Portofino chronograph offers elegant, purist design with a robust technical capabilities all tied together with the remarkable quality that IWC Schaffhausen is synonymous with. Discover this series! Learn more about IWC Portofino on Rattrapante.
IWC Portofino- The harbor of Excellence
The presentation of the IWC Portofino is beautifully traditional; a white expressive 40mm dial with a rounded silver bezel and a black, alligator strap with well done monochrome stitching. The IWC Portofino oozes simple sleek elegance.
This is further enhanced by the slim case profile that characterizes the Portofino making it perfect for the more formal and smart-casual look. The imposing contrast of the colors of the chronograph is alluring and renders the watch aesthetically interesting. The IWC Portofino runs an efficient 59800 Calibre movement, 124 hour power reserve.
The jewel in the crown of the IWC Portofino series is the IWC Portofino Moonphase. IWC captures man’s age old quest to make sense of the movement of the heavenly bodies across the sky with this amazing feature present on the dial. The IWC Portofino Moonphase keeps track of the waxing and waning moon for you right on your wrist and is a testament to IWC’s connection to the Grand Scheme. Find an IWC Portofino Moonphase on Rattrapante at the most competitive prices in the market today.
IWC Da Vinci
The IWC Da Vinci watch is definitely among the first in any watch enthusiast’s list of the most beautifully crafted time pieces of all time.
IWC Da Vinci – Tribute to beauty, proportions and precision
The most exclusive in this IWC Da Vinci collection having an 18 carat red gold making up the case and bracelet, and 54 pure diamonds dotting the edge of the dial, coming together to make a truly breathtaking work of art. Also, a striking cobalt blue second hand is a perfect addition to the watch, creating an artistic contrast.
A remarkable member of the IWC Da Vinci family is the IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar chronograph, which features the perpetual calendar complication with day, date, month and the year displayed in four digits, alongside the perpetual moonphase. Not only has IWC gotten the aesthetics of this watch spot on, the calibre movement too (in-house calibre 89630) is tried and tested, offering brute precision to a well-crafted piece.
The moonphase of the IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar, for example, diverges only one day in over 570 years. Nothing has been left to chance with this IWC watch, but then again, you don’t expect any less from The International Watch Company in Schaffhausen. Find only authentic IWC watches here on Rattrapante.
The conceptual blueprint for the IWC Ingenieur was a precision time piece fit for the man of action; capable of withstanding not just the elements but also magnetic fields, electric shocks and water pressure.
IWC Ingenieur – Rugged precision in the style of the IWC
These qualities were brilliantly captured, with the IWC Ingenieur being one of the most modern, technologically advanced watches from the 1950s to the current era. IWC achieved all this with the Ingenieur without compromising on the overall wearability of the watch, maintaining comfort and on the wrist.
The IWC Ingenieur Automatic most closely resembles its ancestor from the 50s. It features a deceptively simple three hand dial housed in virtually indestructible Sapphire glass treated with anti-reflective coating. The date window features prominently at the 3 o’clock position. Under the casing is the acclaimed Calibre 35111 automatic self-winding movement with a remarkable 42 hour power reserve.
The IWC Ingenieur chronograph remains the ultimate choice for the one who views the world not only as a place of things, but a forum of action. The IWC Ingenieur’s design versatility is one of those work horse watches that can be the only watch you own and pair with different outfits for work and leisure. Browse more watches from the Ingenieur collection here on Rattrapante.
The IWC Aquatimer is the undisputed leader of the pack when it comes to high performance dive watches. The IWC Aquatimer fully tests IWC’s mettle as far as cutting edge, no-nonsense precision engineering is concerned, designing and building a watch capable of withstanding up to 1000 feet of water pressure, while still precisely doing what it does best.
IWC Aquatimer – Conquering the deep, a second at a time
The IWC Aquatimer chronograph is an automatic winding watch featuring an easily detachable strap bracelet, allowing the wearer to dress up his watch for formal, day to day activity or for an adventure in the deep sea. You simply press down a lever on the underside of the strap, right next to the lugs while pushing the strap up to detach. Attaching the strap back to the case is made simple by a satisfying audible click that lets you know that your IWC Aquatimer is solidly attached back to the strap. This can be done in 10 seconds or less.
Unlike the IWC Yatch Club (its sporty counterpart from the Portugieser collection) which is only resistant up to 6 bar, the IWC Aquatimer is water resistant up to 30 bar, making it the IWC dive watch the preferred dive watch for seafarers and professional divers alike all over the world and truly the one to beat in the dive watch arena. Check out the entire IWC Aquatimer collection here and learn more!
20 years into the life of IWC, the company was taken over by the Rauschenbach family who left an indelible mark of remarkable work ethic that continues to permeate through the company. Only a year after the Rauschenbachs acquired the company, the senior Rauschenbach passed on forcing his 25 year old son Johannes to take over the company. Despite this sudden change over, IWC kept maintained its impeccable industry record of unmatched quality.
IWC – Heritage of beautiful complexities.
As IWC kept advancing and occupying its space as industry pacesetter, its astounding work attracted some of the greatest talent in the watch making world, including Urs Haenggi who was a master watch maker, having honed his craft from France and French speaking Switzerland. Mr. Haenggi worked for IWC for over half a century, protecting the interests of the Rauschenbachs and the company’s stellar tradition all the while.
Johann Vogel was next on IWC’s star studded technicians’ roster. He is credited with the creation of the IWC’s calibres until 1919, cementing the company’s reputation as the custodians of exactitude since 1868. He was instrumental in overseeing the company’s advancement into the next phase of its promising future.
Resilience in the face of adversity-the mantra of IWC.
Right at the onset of the Second World War, IWC’s watch factory at Schaffhausen was mistakenly bombed by the American Airforce. Fortunately the bomb failed to detonate, but the factory still suffered major damage, including a fire that IWC promptly managed to put out. Soon after the war, most of Europe’s economy had been decimated and IWC had to change its sights as far as its business stakeholders were concerned. They had to look to the Americas, Australia and other parts of the world to stay in business. They did, and not only did they survive, but they thrived having cast their nets wider to bigger markets. It is this kind of quick thinking and agility that defines the IWC brand and is magnificently projected even in its final product, the IWC Schaffhausen watch.
Above and beyond ordinary – The creed of IWC
IWC continues to exceed the expectations of its customers over and over again with every watch that comes out of their production line. Looking at the IWC men’s watch list, one would be forgiven to think that they were reading an honorable list of glorious kings of the past. From the IWC Mark XVI to the IWC Mark XII, IWC timepieces continue to instill the unique look and feel of elite sophistication in their customers.
The same must be said about the IWC women’s watches as well. No effort has been spared in ensuring that the IWC woman is set apart from the rest, wearing on her wrist one of the finest, most authentic piece of horology ever made straight from the IWC Schaffhausen stable.
Whatever your tastes are, whatever the occasion may be, IWC has the perfect watch specially crafted to match it, and they keep getting better, proving themselves masters of the art over the centuries.
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