IWC Schaffhausen history
It’s a Swiss luxury watch company in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, founded in 1868 by Florentine Ariosto Jones, an American engineer and watchmaker. It’s the only major Swiss luxury watch factory in Eastern Switzerland. Florentine Ariosto Jones combined the Swiss craftsmanship with the US modern engineering technology, manufacturing watch movements and other watch parts for the market of America. In 1880, Johann Rauschenbach-Vogel, Chief Executive Officer and a machine manufacturer from Schaffhausen, operated the IWC Schaffhausen with four generations of the Rauschenbach family operating it with varying names. In the 1970s and 80s, miniaturized electric batteries were first used as a source of energy for wristwatches. Since 2000, IWC Schaffhausen has been a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Richemont Group.
- IWC Schaffhausen manufactured the first digital watch in 1885 with a simple design, but it was unable to replace the traditional analog display.
- IWC Schaffhausen created the first titanium bracelets in 1978, pioneering new watchmaking technologies.
Since 1903 and till now, “Probus Scafusia” has become IWC Schaffhausen’s motto, meaning “good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen”. Behind the motto lies the passion to make high-end, precision timepieces that will retain its value through the years. IWC Schaffhausen pioneered the watchmaking industry and its watches are famous for their longevity and accuracy, combining between exclusive design and precision engineering. Even those early models of IWC Schaffhausen are still fully functional. Each IWC Schaffhausen’s watch is professionally made by watchmaking masters with trained eyes and fingers as well as precision instruments.
Celebrities wearing IWC Schaffhausen
Dev Patel was spotted wearing the IWC’s classic Portugieser Automatic in stainless steel and a white dial in 2016’s Academy Awards. Also, it’s found that Bradley Cooper prefers his IWC in his personal life. Tom Cruise also loves several different models of IWC Schaffhausen.
Most popular IWC Schaffhausen models and collections
Among the high-end, most precise watch models IWC Schaffhausen created,
It was named after a small fishing village near Genoa, Italy, representing elegance, sophistication and the peacefulness of its Italian namesake. To satisfy all customer’s taste, IWC Schaffhausen created multiple versions of the Portofino model such as a chronograph in steel or a three-pointer watch, in rose gold or yellow gold.
In 1938, two Portuguese businessmen requested to create a marine chronometer that could be worn on the wrist for them, and then, IWC Schaffhausen welcomed the idea, therefore, thanks to them, the Portugieser was born, featuring a bold 38.25 mm case, which was an incredibly large proportion in the 1930s, so, it was not that popular then but as larger watches began to increase in popularity at the end of the 1990s, the IWC Portugieser has been an icon worldwide since then.
* IWC Pilot’s Watch collection
Since 1930s, IWC Schaffhausen has been making professional timepieces for aircrafts. The IWC Pilot’s Watch collection is available in different case sizes, offering unique models including the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, the Big Pilot, and the Mark series. Such watches have become watch icons in the luxury watch market.
IWC Schaffhausen price range
You can buy an IWC Schaffhausen starting at around $3,000.
If you are ready to invest more you might have to spend more than $90,000 for your IWC Schaffhausen.