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“IWC Schaffhausen” – a name that does not only impress connoisseurs. IWC is a brand for enthusiasts who value traditional horology and refined craftsmanship. The company has a rich history of more than 150 years, which has earned it lots of respect and recognition.  More

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Our online shop has a wide range of used IWC watches or vintage models in great and certified condition. We also have beautiful IWC women's and men's timepieces in a new condition. Our watchmakers check all watches and provide them with a certificate of authenticity. Have you already made your decision and impatient to bring your favorite IWC watch home? You can either pay your watch conveniently by credit card or in monthly financing installments. If you finance your IWC, you can plan your investment over the long term. Find out more about payment options on our website and buy your IWC watch today.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW390404 mens watch

The 5 most popular models of IWC

The "International Watch Company" has created some of the most famous style icons among luxury watches that have been considered absolute classics for decades. IWC´s watchmakers are among the best in their field, mastering even the most complex complications such as the "tourbillon". The company gained world fame for their outstanding quality, high utility value and functional design of its timepieces.

  • The legendary model IWC Ingenieur was designed by the famous Swiss Gérald Genta and combines a variety of styles to a timeless modern design. All specimens are equipped with a soft iron cage, which protects the movement from strong magnetic fields of industrial machines or research devices.

  • The IWC Big Pilot's was designed in the 30s for air forces who needed a large and easy-to-read wristwatch. Although today's remakes of this legendary watch are smaller than the original 55mm, they are still popular for their masculine and distinctive look.

  • The successful Portugieser-Serie (engl. Portuguese) series was created in the 1930s when two Portuguese merchants commissioned IWC to make wristwatches as accurate as marine chronometers. At that time, only pocket watches could boast about such precision, and so the Swiss company simply built a pocket movement into a voluminous, but elegant wristwatch case. Today, variants are available with tourbillons, minute repetitions or the other major complications of watchmaking, which makes the Portuguese series very popular among connoisseurs.

  • The Il Destriero Scafusia (engl. The battlehorse of Schaffhausen) appeared in 1993 for IWC’s 125th anniversary and combines 22 highly complex functions in itself. It was limited to 125 pieces and sold out faster than any IWC watch before. Such craftsmanship is of course highly exclusive and can never be produced in major series, which is why the Destriero Scafusia is traded at a six-figure price.

  • The Aquatimer is the IWC diver watch series that was launched in the 1960s due to the increasing popularity of such models. Over the years, the look of the model changed again and again, but always remained faithful to the original design.

Good reasons to buy an IWC

  • Classic design
  • Handmade in Schaffhausen
  • Fine craftsmanship: Filigree details such as indices are set by hand

IWC Spitfire Chronograh IW387803

What is the price of an IWC watch?

Portuguese Chronograph (IW390403)
Used price around: 11,900 €
Material: Stainless Steel
Key Features: Silver Case & dial, Chronograph

Pilots Chronograph (IW377709)
Used price around: 5,600 €
Material: Stainless Steel
Key Features: Silver Bezel & dial, leather strap, Chronograph

Portofino Automatic (IW356506)
Used price around: 5,300 €
Material: Stainless Steel
Key Features: Silver bezel, black dial

Ingenieur (IW378405)
Used price around: 5,940 €
Material: Stainless Steel
Key Features: Silver bezel, white dial, Tachymeter

Aquatimer (IW371928)
Used price around: 3,040 €
Material: Stainless Steel
Key Features: Silver Bezel, black dial, Chronograph

Da Vinci Automatic (IW376204)
Used price around: 10,780 €
Material: Stainless Steel
Key Features: Silver bezel & dial, dial pattern Guilloche

Buy pre-owned and vintage IWC Schaffhausen watches

Buying an IWC watch is an investment that pays off in the future: for example, if you look at the popular IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph, your used resale value has increased by 20% since 1996 compared to the suggested retail price. With good care, used models from IWC often experience a constant increase in price. Therefore, financing an IWC watch may well be worth considering.

Famous wearers of IWC watches

The watch brand is very popular in prominent ranks. Concluded one could say - not only a few well-known brand ambassadors are bringing IWC´s message into the world: supermodels like Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima can be seen with IWC watches, as well as sports legends like Nico Rosberg, Jan Frodeno and Lewis Hamilton. Even actors like Naomi Harris and Taylor Schilling are among the avowed IWC fans. Recently, IWC has received yet another prominent face in its ranks: film star Bradley Cooper has been a brand ambassador since January 2018 and presents himself with various models of the luxury brand.
Not only privately, the stars show up with IWC watches. Also in films, the luxury watch can be seen again and again: Ryan Gosling, for example, wears in the thriller "Fracture" with Anthony Hopkins a Portuguese Chronograph with golden numerals and black strap. Also Harrison Ford fights in "Firewall" with an IWC Mark XV on the wrist.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW371445

The History of IWC – Craftsmanship for 150 Years 

IWC Schaffhausen has always been a name that is highly esteemed among connoisseurs and aficionados of watchmaking. The International Watch Company was founded in 1868 by Florentine Ariosto Jones. Back then, the native American was the head of the leading watch manufacturer in America, the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company. Jones plan was to use the favorable working conditions in Schaffhausen and to build watches specifically for the American market. But the early years were more turbulent than expected: the high US import duties caused difficulties. He guessed, however, that he was failing in his plans to establish a modern manufactory with central production. In the coming years, several leadership changes and another bankruptcy followed at the Swiss watch company IWC.

With the purchase of the company in 1880 by Johannes Rauschenbach it went uphill again for IWC. After his death, his son took over the management; The company remained family-owned for almost 100 years and the businesses flourished again. Tradition and quality combined with innovation became the guiding theme that has held to this day. IWC produced pocket watches of special precision, which are still coveted collector's items in the used watch market today. IWC has developed some innovative models over the years: in 1885, the company launched the "Pallweber", the first pocket watch with a digital display. Three years later, the first anti-magnetic clockwork followed. From there, the Ingenieur model was developed and introduced in 1955. The magnetic field shielded movement and its water resistance made the model popular among technicians, scientists and doctors. In 1936, IWC launched a model specially developed for pilots, the "Mark IX". In 1948, the "Mark 11" served the British Royal Air Force and Commonwealth forces. Even among civilian pilots, the watch quickly gained popularity.

The company has not only thrived and achieved remarkable results in the field of functional watches, but also in Haute Horlogerie. When the Swiss watch industry was threatened by the rise of low-priced quartz watches in the 1970s, a legendary watchmaker turned the company's attention to sophisticated mechanics: Günter Blümlein, who later participated in the revival of "A. Lange & Söhne". Under his leadership in 1985, the well-known "Da Vinci" model appeared with a revolutionary development of the eternal calendar, which displays the date for 500 years without manual correction. In 1990, IWC developed the model "Grand Complication" – a wristwatch that included the most complex movement of its time with its 659 parts. A model that inspired then and still to this day.

IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph IW377714 - Le Petite Prince

IWC's success story

IWC's goal is to offer its customers a unique range of models for a wide variety of watch types. From everyday wear watches to sports models with the finest and most complex "haute horlogerie" creations, IWC produces exciting models every year that draw their inspiration from the achievements of the company's history. Specifically, IWC models for pilots and sailors were large and distinctive for functional reasons. This resulted in a masculine image, which IWC additionally emphasized with advertising campaigns. At the same time, it remained faithful to its timelessly elegant style, making the company popular with a demanding audience worldwide. The cooperation with the founder of Porsche Design, Ferdinand A. Porsche, shaped the company as well. For IWC, he designed watches in a sporty, understated style, which enjoy great popularity worldwide and consolidated the brand's sporting image. Among a wide audience and countless celebrities, IWC is particularly recognised for its large men's watch collection with the Pilots and Ingenieur models. Nevertheless, you should not forget that the company is also one of the leading representatives of "Haute Horlogerie" and also masters the most complex complications such as the "Perpetual Calendar" or the Tourbillion. Above all, the "Portuguese" and "Da Vinci" collections are appreciated by watch enthusiasts for unique movements of the highest technical complexity. Many models such as the "Ingenieur" and "Da Vinci" are also available as discreet and elegant ladies' watches, which also enjoy great popularity. IWC watches are therefore a mixture of elegant art and technical skill.

In 2008, IWC started its cooperation with the German national football team and accompanied the players of the national team to the World Cup in South Africa and the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. The company has a proud audience of well-known athletes, actors and role models including tennis pro Boris Becker, footballer Günther Netzer, Formula 1 legends Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and several actors such as Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper. These are just a few famous carriers of these fine Swiss watches.

The company's philosophy

In 1903, the company declared its motto as "Probus Scafusia" ("Quality from Schaffhausen"), which is a promise of top quality, which has been taken uncompromisingly to the fore. Instead of industrial production for the mass market, IWC relies on exclusive top quality and still holds a premium position among the Swiss luxury watch manufacturers.
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