Vintage IWC Watches
Vintage IWC Watches are timepieces manufactured by the Swiss company IWC.
+History & Description
The IWC, also known as the International Watch Co., is a top-of-the range watch manufacturer based in Switzerland.
The company’s origins can be traced back to 1868 when an American watchmaker and engineer, Florentine Arioso Jones, founded the IWC. Jones’ intention was to combine the modern engineering technology of the United States and the craftsmanship of the Swiss to manufacture movements and watch parts for the American market. Jones had previously been the director of E. Howard & Co, which, at the time, was America’s leading watchmaking company.
Located in Schaffhausen, the company has the distinction of being the only major Swiss watch making company situated in eastern Switzerland.
Guide for collectors
Vintage IWC watches are frequently sold through national auction houses and eBay. The most sought after models are typically sold through international auction houses, such as Christie’s. Records show that the Portugieser and Die Grosse Fliegeruhr models, both manufactured in the 1940s, achieve the highest prices at auction.
For more information on vintage IWC watches, collectors should visit the following websites; IWC Watches, Watch Club and Cool Vintage Watches.
Additionally, the IWC publishes the customer magazine Watch International four times a year. The publication is available in four languages and can be purchased from the official IWC website.
Notable auction sales
On November 12th 1997 at Christie’s in Geneva, a IWC stainless steel Portugieser Model watch, circa 1942, realised a price of CHF 115,000 ($102,540).
On May 16th 2011 at Christie’s in Geneva, a IWC stainless steel Portugieser Model watch, circa 1942, realised a price of CHF 68,750 ($77,302).
On May 12th 2008 at Christie’s in Geneva, a IWC stainless steel Portugieser Model watch, circa 1942, realised a price of CHF 73,000 ($69,809).
On November 13th 2006 at Christie’s in Geneva, a IWC stainless steel Die Grosse Fliegeruhr Model, circa 1940, realised a price of CHF 48,000 ($38,872).
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