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With its passion for innovation and technical inventiveness, IWC Schaffhausen has established an excellent international reputation. Since 1868, this Swiss watch manufacturer has been creating masterpieces of haute horlogerie, (exceptional watchmaking), that combine precision engineering with exclusive design. and our eBay site, always have a good selection of IWC watches, both new and collector or estate owned.


IWC, a Swiss company based in the German speaking east of Switzerland was actually founded by an American.

In 1868, an American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841–1916) [5] who had been a director of E. Howard & Co., in Boston, then America's leading watchmaking company, founded the International Watch Company with the intention of combining the craftsmanship of the Swiss with the modern engineering technology from the U.S. to manufacture movements and watch parts for the American market. Together, they laid the foundations for the only watch manufacturer in north-eastern Switzerland- The International Watch Company in Schaffhausen.

Current ownership

In July 2000, IWC was acquired by Richemont, a Zug-based luxury goods group, for over $3 billion. Richemont is the holding company of some of the world’s best known watch brands and the synergy created by this is beneficial for all of the brands it owns, as they are comfortable allowing their brands to be managed as independent entities, yet able to take advantage of the economies of scale that come from such concentrated purchasing power. IWC was guaranteed that it would continue to be managed by its executives and that group runs the company today.


Movements in the bulk of IWC's range of watches and chronographs (including the Portuguese Chronograph) use movements from Swatch-owned ETA. Significant modifications are made to the completed ETA 2892 by IWC at the manufacture to create the Caliber 30110, as is the case with Calibers 79230/79320/79350, which are modified ETA/Valjoux 7750 movements.

Movements not based on ETA movements include the Caliber 5000 and the Caliber 8000, which use the Pellaton winding system, and the pocket watch movements used in the Portuguese F.A. Jones and other IWC pocket watches.

Today IWC manufacture a wide range of different models including the very popular Big Pilot line and the Portuguese line. Their watches are universally admired as a flagship Swiss watch brand and are sought after by collectors and people who value quality and superb design. IWC watches have traditionally held their value very well in the secondary market and are constantly in demand.

ClassWatches admires the IWC Company greatly and always has several examples in stock. Our IWC watches are mostly brand new from the US Distributor, but we also acquire some superb (and rare) vintage and collector owned pieces from time to time. Please check our website at and our eBay store at to see what we have in stock.

We recently acquired some difficult to obtain, brand new IWC pieces including a Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph, a Pilot’s JU-Air Edition and a Portuguese Chronograph Classic. These watches are complete with box, papers, warranty cards and manuals and are available at exceptional prices to our Facebook friends.

The Yacht Club retails for $14,000 and is on our website for $9,700. Our FB Friends price is only $8,400

IWC Poruguese Yacht Club

The Pilot’s JU-Air retails for $10,200 and is on our website for $7,200 Our FB Friends price is only $6,100

IWC Pilot's Watch JU-Air

The Portuguese Chronograph Classic retails for $12,100. Our website price is $7,900 and our FB Friends price is only $6,900

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Classic

These watches will sell quickly so don’t delay.

Call Mauricio at (310) 433-9293 to buy these great pieces or email