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The man

Born in 1841 in watchmaking family, Florentine A. Jones is the creator of the brand. He worked for a watch manufacturer in Boston.
In 1868, he created IWC, The International Watch Company while being based in Schaffhouse in order to get all the Swiss Watchmaking knowledge.

The perfect precision in the watch settings


Florentine A. Jones produced the first Jones movement, a calibre which the arrow of the racket guaranties a perfect precision during the set up of the caliber.
 

The company

The company was growing rapidly thanks to its 200 employees. However the brand was facing a financial problems due to the losses on the US market further to the custom taxes increase.
After two bankruptcy, Rauschenbach which is the manufacturer of the equipment bought IWC in 1879.

1936 : The Pilot watch for the aviators


The brand focused its development on the watch production for the aviators. Then in 1936 IWC launched its first watch resistant again the aircraft depression. It has a big black dial, luminous indexes, rotating bezel, a hand indicator with an anti magnetic calibre inside. Since this great launch, the brand continued to involve in the aviation universe.

1939 : The Portuguese


Further to the demand of two Portuguese IWC partners, Rodrigues and Teixeira, IWC launched in 1939 a wrist watch with a very précised in house movement. The Portuguese became the icon of the brand.
IWC will produce also the Aquatimer, the first diver watch of the brand dedicated to the army.

2000 : The Richemont Group


IWC joined Richemont in 2000, after having been in the portfolio of Les Manufactures Horlogères S.A. Group in1991 with Jaeger Le Coultre.