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IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition Exupery
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IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition Exupery
R 316,514
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Ace Jewelers Group
9
NL
IWC Big Pilot’s Annual Calendar  "Antoine De Saint Exupery"
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IWC Big Pilot’s Annual Calendar "Antoine De Saint Exupery"
R 419,108
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WatchesofMayfair.com
301
UK
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
R 100,900
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Luxurytime South Africa
ZA
IWC Extremely Rare Vintage Mark IX (Mark 9)  / 1936 / Original
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IWC Extremely Rare Vintage Mark IX (Mark 9) / 1936 / Original
R 407,466
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VintageCaliber GmbH
36
DE
IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
R 109,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
IWC Fliegerchronograph
IWC Fliegerchronograph
R 23,639
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JB Hudson Jewelers
 
US
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW327004
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IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW327004
R 39,116
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
30
HK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun
R 87,169
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714
R 56,693
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Montauk Group Ltd
29
CH
IWC Ref. 3713 Fliegeruhr Doppelchronograph von 2003 Box und...
IWC Ref. 3713 Fliegeruhr Doppelchronograph von 2003 Box und...
R 72,747
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Watchplanet24
30
DE
IWC Mark XI 11 6B/346 Fliegeruhr Military Vintage
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IWC Mark XI 11 6B/346 Fliegeruhr Military Vintage
R 65,413
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Private Seller
 
DE
IWC Limited Edition Platinum Big Pilot 103/500 NEW
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IWC Limited Edition Platinum Big Pilot 103/500 NEW
R 317,949
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Big Pilot 5002
IWC Big Pilot 5002
R 109,332
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MecaQuartz
 
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
R 129,000
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
IWC Pilot Chronograph 377714 - Factory Warranty - New 2018
IWC Pilot Chronograph 377714 - Factory Warranty - New 2018
R 52,597
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Watch Exchange Co.
13
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IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW327014
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IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW327014
R 46,070
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
30
HK
IWC Pilot Chronograph
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
R 59,665
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Private Seller
 
DE
IWC Fliegerurh
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IWC Fliegerurh
R 56,754
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Private Seller
 
IT
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun
R 141,886
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW377719
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW377719
R 66,141
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Montauk Group Ltd
29
CH
IWC Big Pilot Ref. 5004
IWC Big Pilot Ref. 5004
R 101,721
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Uhren Bräu
8
DE
IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
R 94,557
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AZAD WATCH NYC
 
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IWC - Mark XV Pilot - Fliegeruhr 3253 - Men - 2000-2010
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IWC - Mark XV Pilot - Fliegeruhr 3253 - Men - 2000-2010
R 33,470
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Catawiki BV
 
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IWC Pilot Chronograph
R 68,251
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Härle GmbH
 
DE
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Limited Edition "Tribute to Mark XI"
IWC Pilot Mark XVIII Limited Edition "Tribute to Mark XI"
R 66,213
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Fabel GmbH
375
DE
IWC Mark XV
IWC Mark XV
R 43,512
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Uhrencenter Berlin
295
DE
IWC IW325501 Mark XVI Black Dial SS (27780)
IWC IW325501 Mark XVI Black Dial SS (27780)
R 34,868
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European Watch Company
89
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
R 213,853
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Pilot Mark IW327001
IWC Pilot Mark IW327001
R 45,354
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Montauk Group Ltd
29
CH
IWC Fliegerchronograph "Spitfire" Ref. 3706
IWC Fliegerchronograph "Spitfire" Ref. 3706
R 36,235
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Uhren Bräu
8
DE
IWC Big Pilot
IWC Big Pilot
R 88,647
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AZAD WATCH NYC
 
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IWC Fliegeruhr Chronograph Top Gun Ref. IW388001
IWC Fliegeruhr Chronograph Top Gun Ref. IW388001
R 131,990
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Uhren2000 GmbH
258
DE
IWC Men's IW377714 Pilot Chronograph  Automatic Watch
IWC Men's IW377714 Pilot Chronograph Automatic Watch
R 61,629
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Helvetic Time AG - HarveyStore.com
884
CH
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince - Iw327004
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince - Iw327004
R 50,206
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CONCEPT LUXURY
114
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IWC Pilot Mark
IWC Pilot Mark
R 42,202
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il duca orologi srl
23
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IWC Doppelchronograph Split Second
IWC Doppelchronograph Split Second
R 62,632
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Delray Watch Supply
 
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
R 65,083
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Private Seller
 
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IWC Mark XVI
IWC Mark XVI
R 37,822
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Uhrencenter Berlin
295
DE
IWC Big Pilot 18K Rotgold Ewiger Kalender Limited Ref. 5026
IWC Big Pilot 18K Rotgold Ewiger Kalender Limited Ref. 5026
R 400,044
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Uhren Bräu
8
DE
IWC Flieger schwarz Chronograph Day Date black Pilot Klassiker
IWC Flieger schwarz Chronograph Day Date black Pilot Klassiker
R 43,643
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Uhrenkapital
246
DE
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph
R 144,068
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Härle GmbH
 
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IWC PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH LE PETIT PRINCE Ref. IW377714
IWC PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH LE PETIT PRINCE Ref. IW377714
R 63,608
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WINGOO WATCHES
390
IT
IWC Pilot Steel Mark XI
IWC Pilot Steel Mark XI
R 97,879
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
123
UK
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Keramik 48mm Top Gun B+P
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Keramik 48mm Top Gun B+P
R 286,681
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LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
55
DE
IWC Flieger Chronograph
IWC Flieger Chronograph
R 40,747
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GB Orologi
21
IT
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph Top Gun IW3799-01
IWC Pilot's Double Chronograph Top Gun IW3799-01
R 99,876
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Govberg Jewelers
216
US
IWC Pilot Mark XVI
IWC Pilot Mark XVI
R 42,771
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The Chrono Duo Ltd
7
UK
IWC Fliegerchronograph, Ref. 3777
IWC Fliegerchronograph, Ref. 3777
R 50,788
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Uhren Bräu
8
DE
IWC Pilot's Top Gun Chronograph
IWC Pilot's Top Gun Chronograph
R 89,060
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Orologeria Bodoni srl
IT
IWC Pilot`s Watch Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Heritage IW327006
IWC Pilot`s Watch Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Heritage IW327006
R 52,243
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Uhren2000 GmbH
258
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW395001
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW395001
R 128,503
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Montauk Group Ltd
29
CH
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph - Iw377709
IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph - Iw377709
R 57,700
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CONCEPT LUXURY
114
IT
IWC Big Pilot’s Limited Edition “le Petit Prince” – Iw500916
IWC Big Pilot’s Limited Edition “le Petit Prince” – Iw500916
R 129,516
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Mall of the Watch
496
MC
IWC IW389001   Pilot Top Gun Automatic Chronograph Ceramic
IWC IW389001 Pilot Top Gun Automatic Chronograph Ceramic
R 100,376
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K&S Watch & Jewellery
27
HK
IWC Big Pilot
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IWC Big Pilot
R 107,687
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Private Seller
 
SK
IWC Big Pilot Iw500401 Steel, 46mm
IWC Big Pilot Iw500401 Steel, 46mm
R 94,488
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Taleda
292
CH
IWC Big Pilot 18K Weißgold Ref. 5009
IWC Big Pilot 18K Weißgold Ref. 5009
R 189,035
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Uhren Bräu
8
DE
IWC Fliegerchronograph 3717
IWC Fliegerchronograph 3717
R 53,407
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Uhrencenter Berlin
295
DE
IWC Flieger Chronograph
IWC Flieger Chronograph
R 54,571
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Juwelier Burger, since 2001
520
NL
IWC Top Gun Double Chronograph IW379901
IWC Top Gun Double Chronograph IW379901
R 109,143
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Bonanno Gioielleria
80
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IWC Pilot's Watches: Pioneers in Aviation

Pilot's watches are IWC's specialty. The Swiss manufacturer has been producing high-quality pilot's watches since 1936, including the classics that make up the Mark series. Currently, they offer around two dozen different pilot's watch series.

Highlights

  • Pilot's watch tradition goes back to 1936
  • Trendy 46-mm Big Pilot watch
  • Mark XVIII, a classic pilot's watch
  • Ceramic, red gold, and stainless steel cases
  • Special editions: Spitfire, Top Gun, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Creating Pilot's Watches in Schaffhausen for Over 80 Years

The International Watch Company, also known as IWC, presented their first pilot's watch in 1936. Since then, IWC has been considered the pioneer in developing and manufacturing pilot's watches.
The original watch from 1936 had a diameter of 37.5 mm, making it relatively large for its time. This special watch had a finely ridged bezel with marker needle, enabling the wearer to record short periods of time. Not all planes were equipped with a fuel indicator in the 1930s, so pilots kept track of the flight time via the watch bezel. This allowed them to monitor the flight time, fuel consumption, and cruising range. Large, light-colored Arabic numerals and a black dial define the look of this special watch. The decentralized seconds is located at six o'clock. The escapement is protected against magnetism, which can negatively impact a timepiece's precision. Many features of this original watch are still being used today. Current pilot's watches have stark color contrasts and luminous hands to make them more legible, and many have streamlined designs featuring protection against magnetism.
The 52-caliber T. S. C. Big Pilot's Watch (reference number 431) followed in 1940 with an impressive 55-mm diameter case. IWC delivered this timepiece to the German Air Force. It was not the watch's size, but rather the rest of its design, that has influenced the look of classic pilot's watches to this day. Black/white dial contrast, sword hands, stick indices, Arabic numerals, and a triangle at 12 o'clock all remain typical design features of classic pilot's watches.

Big Pilot

The watch from the 1940s was succeeded by the Big Pilot. IWC has been producing this 46-mm stainless steel watch with a black dial since 2002. The watch isn't as big as its predecessors, but its new size is more practical. The 55-mm cases were meant to be worn over flight suits and weren't created for everyday civilian use. The Big Pilot has a seven-day power reserve thanks to a long mainspring and a special winding mechanism, the Pellaton winding system. It's named after its inventor, Albert Pellaton, who was the technical director at IWC for many years. In 1950, he patented this new technology whereby an automatic watch is wound bidirectionally by the natural movements of the wearer's arm. The round power reserve display is located at three o'clock.

From the Mark 11 to the Mark XVIII

One of IWC's top pilot's watches, the Mark XVIII, has its roots in 1948. IWC introduced the simple pilot's watch Mark 11 in that year; a watch that served as the Royal Air Force's service watch for 30 years. The name "Mark" comes from the RAF as well; the British used the term to refer to all interchangeable air force equipment that came from different manufacturers. In 1981, the RAF gradually phased out the Mark 11. By that time, IWC had made 8,000 timepieces for the military and 1,500 for civilian use. In 1994, IWC presented the watch's successor and switched to using Roman numerals for the name Mark XII.
The Mark XVIII, with a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 11 mm, has been available since 2016. Visually, it's not too different from the Mark 11. The wide sword hands, which replaced the older baton hands, immediately catch the eye. However, IWC made some concessions to keep the watch technologically up to date: The watch features a date display and an automatic movement instead of the legendary manual Caliber 89.
IWC also produces the Pilot's Watch Automatic 36. It's modeled after the Mark XVIII in terms of design, but has a smaller case diameter of 36 mm.

Pilot's Chronograph

The Pilot's Watch Chronograph isn't as minimalistic as the Mark XVIII. The 43-mm watch features a stopwatch function as well as three subdials. The small seconds at nine o'clock catches the eye thanks to a small red seconds hand standing out against the black/white color scheme. Its caliber, caliber 79320, is based on the popular Valjoux 7750 movement produced by the world's largest ébauche manufacturer, the ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA).

Dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

One of IWC's series is dedicated to the pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince. The Frenchman was presumed dead in 1944 after disappearing during a reconnaissance mission while flying his Lockheed P-38. The series has a distinctive retro touch and the watches stand out with their characteristic blue or brown dial. They all come with a brown calfskin strap. The watches' case backs feature Saint-Exupéry related engravings, such as a P-38 or a portrait of the man himself. The collection also features a split-seconds chronograph. With this chronograph, you can time intervals while continuing to time another event.

Honoring the Spitfire

The Spitfire series pays homage to the most well-known pursuit plane from the Second World War. The case back features an engraving of the plane's silhouette from a bird's eye view. Most Spitfire watches can be identified by a slate gray dial.

Top Gun: The US Navy's Fighter Pilots

IWC entered the era of jet planes with their Top Gun series. The name refers to the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, more commonly known as Top Gun. Top Gun is also the name of a successful 1986 film starring Tom Cruise. The watches in the Top Gun series all feature a ceramic case, setting them apart from the other pilot's watches. The backside features an engraving of the Top Gun logo. The series also includes variations on other well-known IWC pilot's watches, such as the Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun, based on the Big Pilot. The case, strap, crown, and dial are completely black, while the hands, numerals, and stick indices are white.

Buying Advice

Do you want an authentic pilot's watch? IWC has been producing pilot's watches for civilian and military use since the 1930s. Very few Swiss manufacturers have a connection to aviation like IWC does. Their most significant competitor in this regard is Breitling.
If you want to stay trendy with a larger watch, then the 46-mm Big Pilot is a good choice. New versions made of stainless steel cost around 10,000 euros. If you prefer a red gold case, then the Big Pilot from the Spitfire series costs a total of 21,000 euros new.
Some of these pilot's watches also offer special complications. The Timezoner Chronograph can display multiple time zones. The Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar from the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry series has a perpetual calendar and perpetual moon phase display and shows the date, day of the week, month, and year.
The Mark XVIII is much less complicated; it features only one complication, a date display. The watch closely resembles the legendary Mark 11 used by the RAF. New, you can buy a simple Mark XVIII for around 3,500 euros. A vintage Mark 11 from the 1950s costs double that. The original Mark 11 had a diameter of 36 mm, but pilot's watches that size have become rare. IWC brought back the standard 36-mm size with their Pilot's Watch Automatic 36. New, it costs between 3,000 and 4,000 euros.

IWC: Success After a Rocky Start

IWC was manufacturing watches well before their first pilot's watches were made in 1936. However, they had a bit of a bumpy start. Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841 - 1916), an American, founded the International Watch Company in 1868 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Jones wanted to produce watches cheaply in Switzerland and sell them for profit in the United States. However, expensive import taxes prevented this from being a successful business model. After switching owners multiple times and declaring bankruptcy twice, IWC remained in the hands of the Rauschenbach and Homberger families from 1880 to 1978. IWC was heavily affected by the Quartz Crisis and again switched owners. Since 2000, the company has been a part of the Richemont Group along with other luxury brands such as A. Lange & Söhne, Cartier, and Panerai.

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