IWC

International Watch Co., called IWC (or IWC Schaffhausen), is a luxury watch company based in Switzerland. IWC is the only large watch manufacture in eastern Switzerland (all other brands are in western Swiss regions). IWC Schaffhausen was founded 1868 by the U.S. watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones to merge the craftsmanship of Switzerland watchmakers with the engineering skills from the U.S. to manufacture movements and timepiece parts for the USA. IWC is unique among similar companies for keeping detailed records for every watch produced since 1885. Since 1885, caliber, materials used and cases are tracked. Younger IWC watches are shown in the records with reference number, delivery date and the name of the authorized dealer. Every IWC collector can request this information for all watches older than ten years. IWC says it can service and repair all watches produced since 1868. IWC Schaffhausen movements in more affordable watches and chronographs (IWC Portuguese Chronograph) are from ETA. Non-ETA IWC calibers are: Caliber 5000, Caliber 8000, pocket watch movements. Notable watch models include the IWC Aquatimer, IWC Ingenieur, IWC Portuguese, IWC Da Vinci, IWC Portofino, IWC Pilot's Watches. For IWC watch prices (or IWC) watches prices and the official IWC watches price list please contact a certified dealer or the brand directly. The IWC Portuguese watch, IWC Pilot watch, IWC Big Pilot watch, IWC Aquatimer watch, are also sometimes available as IWC watches replica or vintage IWC watches. Fans discuss these models and share feedback on the official IWC forum with many thousand members. IWC men's watches and IWC women's watches are both popular with collectors. When looking for IWC discount watches please be aware the looking for IWC watch ebay or IWC watches Amazon is dangerous, as fake IWC and replica IWC watches are hard to identify online. WatchTime covers IWC watches news, IWC watch reviews and tests of IWC pilot watches like the IWC Portuguese, IWC Yacht Club, IWC Mark XVI, IWC Pilot Worldtimer, IWC Spitfire, IWC Replica, IWC Top Gun, IWC Portuguese. We often publish photos of IWC watches as well as IWC pilot watch updates, with news on IWC ladies watches and IWC for men. WatchTime covers current and vintage IWC watches and IWC pilot watches.

Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 Watches With NATO Straps

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

In recent years I've taken to "pimping out" my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. At this year's Baselworld, I found that I may have helped start a trend, as I saw many new watches that had these military-style cloth straps as original equipment. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I showcase 10 of these watches. … [Read more...]


Diving Into History: 6 Milestone IWC Aquatimer Watches

IWC Aquatimer Ref. 812AD (1967)

At SIHH 2014, IWC released a slew of new models in its revamped IWC Aquatimer collection of luxury divers' watches (Click here to check them out). For fans of vintage watches — and vintage IWC watches, specifically — we've decided to highlight here five important IWC Aquatimers from the brand's history. … [Read more...]


Escapement Watch Review: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “JU-AIR”

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From a recent piece on the online watch magazine Escapement, Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “JU-AIR.” This limited-edition watch celebrates the 20-year relationship between a Swiss airline and the famous Schaffhausen-based watch company. … [Read more...]


Star Time: 13 Celebrity-Branded Sports Watches

EMINEM wearing G-Shock

There is no shortage of celebrities, many of them celebrity athletes, who serve as "brand ambassadors" for watch brands, appearing in ads and attending events wearing their watches. However, a few of these stars go the extra mile, giving input and often even becoming involved in the design process, for special celebrity watches to which they lend their names. Below is a list of 13 celebrity watches developed in honor of, and named for, their famous representatives. … [Read more...]


IWC Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono

Download this FREE article and take a sail with this IWC watch. The Yacht Club was IWC’s most popular model of the late 1960s and 1970s. Today, enthusiasts of IWC Schaffhausen have a new model: The IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph, easily one of the sportiest IWC Portuguese models. WatchTime tested this most nautical of IWC watches, and you can read all the results in our free article, in which WatchTime’s experts discover the strengths and weaknesses of this IWC watch. Click … [Read more...]


Need for Speed: 13 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

Chopard Superfast Chrono - front

The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 13 recently released watches with designs influenced by motorsports. … [Read more...]


Heaven & Earth: Breitling Chronomat B01 vs. IWC Big Ingenieur Chrono

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Two chronographs with in-house movements — Breitling’s pilot-styled Chronomat B01 and IWC’s rugged Big Ingenieur Chronograph, designed for earthbound adventure — go head-to-head in this comparison test from our April 2010 issue, with photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: My Top 15 World-Time Watches

Breguet Classique Hora Mundi

Many who travel throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination. And those of us with friends and business associates around the globe often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once. Wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world's time zones instantly. Here are the top 15, from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


7 Personalized Watches Made for World Champion Athletes

LeBron James wearing AP watch

With March Madness wrapping up and the NBA and NHL playoff races in full swing, we at WatchTime thought it would be the perfect time to re-post (with a few updates) our article on the elite fraternity of athletes who have not only won a world championship in their sports but also boast a watch made specifically for them. Here are seven notable watches of champions. … [Read more...]


Watch Wallpaper: 8 Calendar Watches

Breitling Montbrillant Olympus

We've featured reviews of various types of calendar watches here on WatchTime.com, some culled from a feature in our December 2010 issue. We thought you might appreciate having access to Nik Schölzel's original photos of all eight of those watches from that story, now available as wallpaper images for your desktop. … [Read more...]


5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

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Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and eventually establishing an independent brand (now absorbed into Bulgari, one of his other clients) making watches under his own name. It is a testament to the influence of his designs that his watches became hallmarks of their respective brands and remain popular watch styles. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...]


IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil

IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil

IWC upgraded its Ingenieur collection of sports watches in 2013, incorporating design touches inspired by the brand's partnership with the Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas Formula One racing team. Among the models in the line is the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil, which pays tribute to a classic race car. The Chronograph Silberpfeil is named for the Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow ("Silberpfeil" in German), which famously got its name from  a race at the Nürburgring in 1934 in which the … [Read more...]


Opening Acts: Testing Entry-Level Watches from Rolex, IWC, and Panerai

Rolex-IWC-Panerai trio

In this triple-feature watch test from our October 2010 issue, writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel test a trio of entry-level timepieces from Rolex, IWC and Panerai that offer an entrance into the luxury-watch world for a relatively modest price. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

Patek Philippe Nautilus

It's a question watch collectors — especially new ones — always want answered, and one we at Fratellowatches have heard often: What brands offer watches that tend to increase in value over time? I'll attempt to provide guidance on this, not so much from facts and figures but based on experience, and on opinions that I have heard through the years. … [Read more...]


The Baselworld Watch Fair: 10 Things to Know

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Over the next few weeks you’ll be reading quite a bit about Baselworld. What is Baselworld exactly? Why is it so important? What happens there? Can I go? For the answers to these and more questions, read on. We’ve put together a list of 10 watch-centric FAQs, complete with images taken inside and outside the main hall, so you'll have all the basic facts about the huge show that gets under way this week.    … [Read more...]


Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid Orange dial

Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: Saturation Diving, Helium Valves, and “Extreme” Dive Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea - submerged

In the latest installment in our series on the basics of divers' watches, Diveintowatches.com explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain why each type is perfectly OK, depending on the type of diving you do. … [Read more...]


Up Close with the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph “Le Petit Prince”

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When IWC opened its new boutique in Amsterdam last May, we at Monochrome Watches had a chance to get some hands-on time with the new IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Le Petit Prince." This latest edition of the IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph features a striking blue dial and is the third edition to support the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation and its mission of battling illiteracy. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

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In 1967, IWC launched one of its biggest success stories: a sporty, three-handed automatic watch called the Yacht Club. Though little remembered today, it was IWC’s most popular model of the late 1960s and 1970s. IWC resurrected the Yacht Club in 2010, in a new chronograph version, and incorporated it into its Portuguese collection. WatchTime tested the modern version of the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club in its February 2011 issue. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Specials: My 5 Top Dive Watches from Baselworld and Beyond

Omega Seamaster 300

Every year, Diveintowatches.com tries to cope with the rather difficult task of creating something like a "best in show" list of the new dive watches presented at the Baselworld watch fair. As we approach Baselworld 2015, let's revisit my top five dive watches from last year's Baselworld and compare them to my final list of top five dive watches from all the new models introduced in 2014. … [Read more...]