IWC Schaffhausen Watches at Ernest Jones

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Since 1868, the brand has been crafting exceptional timepieces that combine beauty and functionality, using only the finest materials and skilled craftsmanship. From the classic Portugieser to the sporty Pilot's Watch, each timepiece is a masterpiece of quality and durability. Explore the legacy of IWC and choose a watch that is not only a fashion statement, but a symbol of enduring excellence.

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Brand History of IWC Watches

The International Watch Company, known as IWC, is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer with a rich and storied history. The brand was born from a vision to combine the superior craftsmanship of the Swiss with modern engineering technology from the U.S.

1868: The Beginning

IWC was founded in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones. Jones, a former director of E. Howard & Co., Boston's leading watchmaking company, had the innovative idea of utilizing the Swiss watchmaking prowess, coupled with contemporary American manufacturing methods to produce timepieces of the highest quality. Jones set up his company in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, harnessing the power of the Rhine River to drive his machines.

1875 - 1885: Expansion and Innovation

During this period, IWC expanded its premises and introduced many technical innovations. One of the most notable was Jones' introduction of a standardized watch movement, a significant breakthrough in Swiss watchmaking.

1930s: The Pioneer of Pilots' Watches

IWC produced its first 'Special Pilot’s Watch' in 1936, designed to withstand the extreme conditions of early aviation. It was one of the first to feature a rotating bezel that allowed pilots to accurately record flight times.

1940s - 1950s: Continued Innovation

During World War II, IWC crafted robust military watches, and in the 1950s, the brand introduced its first automatic movement, the 'Pellaton' winding system, which continues to be a cornerstone of many IWC watches today.

1940s - 1950s: Continued Innovation

During World War II, IWC crafted robust military watches, and in the 1950s, the brand introduced its first automatic movement, the 'Pellaton' winding system, which continues to be a cornerstone of many IWC watches today.

1868: 2000s - Present: Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Over the years, IWC has maintained its commitment to quality, precision, and innovation while also embracing social responsibility. The company has been part of the Richemont Group since 2000. Today, IWC supports several sustainability initiatives and charitable projects worldwide, including partnerships with organizations like the Charles Darwin Foundation and Laureus Sport for Good.

With a history that spans over 150 years, IWC continues to create timepieces that reflect its commitment to craftsmanship, technical innovation, and timeless design, proving why it remains one of the most revered names in the world of luxury watchmaking.

Brand Philosophy and Values of IWC

Since its inception in 1868, the International Watch Company (IWC) has adhered to a steadfast philosophy centered on the pursuit of excellence. The cornerstone of this brand philosophy lies in their commitment to three primary tenets: Quality, Precision, and Innovation.


IWC's unwavering dedication to quality sets it apart in the world of fine horology. Every timepiece produced by IWC undergoes rigorous testing and meticulous scrutiny to ensure that it lives up to the brand's high standards. The brand employs a combination of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology to create watches that aren’t just functionally excellent, but also aesthetically impeccable


As a brand born in the heart of Swiss watchmaking, precision is in IWC’s DNA. IWC timepieces are designed to offer the highest level of accuracy, with many of their watches being chronometer-certified. This commitment to precision extends not just to the mechanical movements, but also to the smallest aesthetic details of every watch.


IWC has a rich heritage of pushing boundaries and constantly innovating. From pioneering the use of titanium and ceramic in watchmaking to developing one of the most efficient automatic winding systems, IWC continually brings technical innovations to the watch industry. This dedication to innovation is driven by a desire to improve functionality, enhance durability, and create unique, lasting aesthetics.

In addition to these core principles, IWC also maintains a commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. The brand makes conscious efforts to reduce its environmental impact and supports various charitable projects around the world, reflecting its philosophy of giving back to the community.

In essence, the philosophy and values of IWC revolve around creating exceptional timepieces that are the embodiment of Swiss craftsmanship and design, while also contributing positively to the world. The end result is a collection of watches that offer timeless elegance, unmatched precision, and reliable performance, all the while upholding the principles of sustainability and social responsibility.

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Caring For and Maintaining Your IWC Watch

Owning an IWC watch is a privilege, and with regular care and maintenance, it will continue to offer precision and luxury for many years to come. Here are some tips to help keep your IWC timepiece in optimal condition:

●    Regular Servicing: IWC recommends having your watch serviced every two to five years by an authorized service center. This ensures the mechanical movement remains in top working condition and helps maintain its accuracy.

●    Cleaning: Clean your watch gently with a soft dry cloth to remove any dirt or smudges. If your watch is water-resistant, you can also occasionally clean it with warm water and mild soap, followed by a thorough rinse with clean water, and drying with a soft cloth. Avoid using chemicals or abrasive materials as they may damage the watch.

●    Avoiding Extreme Conditions: Try to protect your watch from extreme conditions such as very high or low temperatures and strong magnetic fields. These can adversely affect the functioning of your watch.

●    Water Resistance: Not all IWC watches are water-resistant. If yours is, remember that seals and gaskets may degrade over time, and the watch's water resistance should be checked annually. After any exposure to saltwater, rinse your watch under fresh water and dry it thoroughly.

●    Avoiding Shocks: While IWC watches are built to withstand normal wear and tear, they are still precision instruments. Avoid dropping your watch or exposing it to strong vibrations or shocks, as this may affect its accuracy or even cause mechanical damage.

●    Strap Care: Leather straps should be kept away from water and direct sunlight to prevent discoloration and deformation. Metal bracelets can be cleaned with a soft brush, warm water, and mild soap

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about IWC Watches

To help you make the most of your IWC timepiece, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about our watches. Here you'll find answers to queries ranging from maintenance tips, setting instructions, water resistance information, and more. Our aim is to provide you with all the information you need to enjoy your watch to the fullest and keep it running optimally. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact our customer service.

    Q: How often should I service my IWC watch? 
    A: IWC recommends a full service every two to five years to ensure the watch remains in optimal working condition.
    Q: How can I clean my IWC watch? 
    A: Clean your IWC watch gently with a soft dry cloth. If your watch is water-resistant, it can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap, then dried thoroughly.
    Q: How can I set the time and date on my IWC watch? 
    A: This process varies between models. Refer to your watch's specific manual for setting instructions. If you don't have it, manuals can be downloaded from the IWC official website.
    Q: Are all IWC watches water-resistant? 
    A: Many IWC watches have some degree of water resistance, but not all. Check your watch's specific model details for water resistance ratings.
    Q: How do I maintain the water-resistance of my IWC watch?
    A: IWC suggests having your watch's water resistance checked annually at an authorized service center. After exposure to saltwater, rinse the watch under fresh water and dry it thoroughly.
    Q: Can I wear my IWC watch while playing sports? 
    A: While IWC watches are made to withstand normal wear and tear, they may not fare well with strong shocks or vibrations. It's advisable to remove the watch during vigorous physical activities.
    Q: How can I take care of the leather strap on my IWC watch? 
    A: Avoid exposing your leather strap to water, direct sunlight, or heat sources, which can cause discoloration or deformation. Clean it gently with a soft, dry cloth.
    Q: Where can I get my IWC watch repaired? 
    A: Always take your IWC watch to an authorized service center for any repairs or servicing to ensure the use of original parts and to maintain its warranty.

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