IWC watches began its journey in 1868, when a watchmaker, Florentine Ariosto Jones, hailing from Boston, founded the International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen. The main aim of this watchmaker was to create fine-quality pocket watches for people of America. At the age of 27, Florentine started to combine modern engineering technology from overseas with Swiss craftsmanship.
IWC watches are known for the protection of their movement against the magnetic fields. In 1955, when IWC was taken over by Hans Ernst Homberger, the company launched its first Ingenieur. This Ingenieur watch later became famous for its sporty look and a simple round design. A few years later, IWC launched the first Aquatimer watch to cater the market of divers. The company also focused on creating the world’s first watch with a titanium case. This led to people believing in them for their knowledge in the field of materials. IWC has also developed the first Beta 21 Swiss-made Quartz movement watch. To mark the company’s 125th anniversary and make the day memorable, it introduced II Destriero Scafusia; the first most complicated watch. In 1987, ICW introduced its first-ever rectangular dial automatic watch; Novecento (20th Century in Italian).
Over the years, IWC watches have focused on the need of divers, pilots, and sailors as they have mastered the area of engineering and elegance.