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For 150 Years, IWC Schaffhausen's mechanical timepieces have been handcrafted in their workshops with meticulous detail and attention with precision engineering and extraordinary design. As an official stockist, we carry an impressive selection of IWC watches, available with an option of finance. Can't find the IWC model you are looking for? Contact us now.


For 150 Years, IWC Schaffhausen's mechanical timepieces have been handcrafted in their workshops with meticulous detail and attention with precision engineering and extraordinary design. As an official stockist, we carry an impressive selection of IWC watches, available with an option of finance. Can't find the IWC model you are looking for? Contact us now.

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THE HISTORY OF IWC WATCHES

Founded by the famous Boston watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones (or “F. A. Jones”), IWC Schaffhausen is an international watch company with a particular affinity for pilot’s watches. Established in 1868 Schaffhausen as the “International Watch Co.”, Ariosto blended the American aptitude for progressive production with the craftsmanship of the Swiss horological industry to create world-class timepieces that excel in terms of both form and function. The reputation of IWC watches was soon firmly anchored behind the introduction of the eponymous Jones calibre movement (widely hailed as a huge success), and it wasn’t long before innovations like digital hour and minute displays followed within Pallweber pocket watches, along with the arrival of the 64-calibre pocket watch movement at the close of the 19th century.

In the mid-1950’s IWC watches rolled out its much-famed Calibre 89 movement, a mechanically-wound movement that would power IWC models from its creation until the early 1990s. The movement gained a reputation for its unrivalled accuracy and longevity; the Calibre 89 movement has certainly stood the test of time with many of the watches it is installed in still being fully functional today. 

Throughout the years, IWC have stayed true to their motto ‘Probus Scafusia’: a Latin phrase meaning ‘good solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen’. The brand is renowned around the world for creating and distributing some of the very best luxury watches consistently over the course of their history.
 

IWC Watches Commitment To The Environment

IWC now boasts continued production of mechanical timepieces, along with a strong commitment to social responsibility and conservation.

IWC’s passion for what is known as “the sustainability principle” is manifest within partnerships such as a support for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Charles Darwin Foundation, as well as pledges to use 100% renewable energy to generate electricity, reduce CO2 emissions, and to recycle both rainwater and heat. The company takes its social, economic and environmental responsibilities extremely seriously, and continues to embrace cutting-edge horological innovations while doing so. In 2018, IWC became the first Swiss luxury watch brand.

In December 2018, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) released an official report which focused on environmental ratings for 15 major watch manufacturers and jewellers in Switzerland. In the report, IWC were rated as ‘Ambitious’ and ranked at number 1 among the 15 manufacturers. The report noted that IWC had shown “serious commitment towards a sustainable transformation”.
 

IWC WATCHES AT BANKS LYON

IWC’s situation upon the banks of the River Rhine is unusual for a Swiss watchmaker, but it’s this location that has played a role in shaping IWC’s technological principles. Each IWC watch undergoes impact, abrasion, corrosion, UV and climate tests, along with practical tests within everyday situations, so when you purchase a timepiece from IWC, you’re assured of the very highest quality. The company takes pride in keeping records for every watch they create, never losing track of a single timepiece, so their attention to detail and precision is immaculate in all respects.

The historic watch brands for IWC include the Aquatimer Automatic, Ingenieur Automatic, Portuguese, Da Vinci (Beta 21 Calibre), Special Pilot’s watch and Portofino. Today, the range has expanded to include new collections that fuse everyday timepieces with some of the characteristic haute horlogerie. At Banks Lyon Jewellers, we have the following IWC watches available:

IWC Aquatimer Watches – the professional divers’ watch, IWC Aquatimer watches are suitable for exploring the deepest oceans. Thanks to an advanced sealing system installed within each watch in the Aquatimer range, there is effective protection against water, dust and other external influencers.  The most advanced models within this family boast an impressive water-resistance up to 100 or 200 bar, making them suitable for deep-sea diving.

IWC Portofino Watches – with over 30 years of history, the IWC Portofino has perfectly captured the timelessly elegant, understated embodiment of Mediterranean style. Featuring an uncluttered dial with Roman numerals and simple hour markers, the Portofino has firmly established itself as one of IWC’s most sought after watch families.

IWC Pilot’s Watches – precisely designed timepieces boasting outstanding technology for pilots, IWC’s Pilot Watches have gained global renown as precise timepieces that are perfectly suited for the cockpit. The most iconic watch within the collection is almost certainly the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch, which features enlarged features, including large numbers on the dial and a particularly large crown; the emphasised features made it simple for pilots in the early years of aviation, where they had to brave the elements in the sky on a regular basis.

IWC Portugieser Watches – one of IWC’s oldest and best-known collections, a genuine tour de force of haute horlogerie. Hailing from the 1930s and boasting an iconic design, Portugieser is famed for an imposing size, Arabic numerals, slim hands and a railway-track-style chapter ring; this collection was well ahead of its time. Today, you will find the Portugieser range has a simple and understated design which is loved by watch aficionados around the globe.  
 

PURCHASE YOUR WAY

Here at Banks Lyon, we’re dedicated to making the purchase of fine timepieces as easy as possible, and where IWC are concerned, we’re the only stockist between Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. Because of that, you can buy IWC watches with us either online or instore and choose to pay upfront or via one of our flexible 0% finance monthly payment plans. This latter option covers all-new IWC watches, and deposit amounts start from as little as 10%.

To truly appreciate the craftsmanship of each timepiece created by IWC, we would suggest visiting us in-store to try on a selection of the timepieces for yourself. If you’d like some assistance while you’re shopping with us, or simply can’t decide on a particular product, then our professional team of personal shoppers can offer you a wealth of great advice. Contact us today by calling 01524 381 020, or perhaps come along to enjoy the Banks Lyon shopping experience within our luxury Lancaster or Kendal showrooms.