In 1868, an American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones and watchmaker-entrepreneur Johann Heinrich Moser have founded International Watch Co., which begins to produce pocket watches with the famous Jones caliber. In 1874 the IWC is a joint-stock company and becomes the property of Schaffhauser Handelsbank, but company remained in its ownership not for long - in 1880 it was acquired by industrialist Johannes Rauschenbach-Vogel. He and his descendants would be the owners of the company for four generations.
In 1900 appeared the first wristwatch IWC, equipped with smaller pocket-sized mechanisms are created for the British Royal Navy and the German Imperial Navy, and the first working watches for the Berlin Tram Company.
In the distant 1900s, aircrafts developed the world. All discoveries and studies made in the world and in technology, literally moved to a higher level. Together with high technology came the turning point of progress to meet new demands. Safety glass, rotating bezel, fluorescent-magnetic devices and mechanisms were developed to display and in a special way to emphasize a new era. As long as the IWC was not the only brand that manufactures watches for pilots, it significantly improved the most innovative series of watches of its brand.
The first IWC watches for pilots appeared in 1936 and intended for use in the cockpit. Readable black dial, vibrant hand in combination with large luminescent numerals, rotating rand index for measuring short periods of time are features of past and current models of IWC.
In 1940 appeared Grande Pilot Watch, according to military requirements equipped with a pocket watch mechanism and a large second hand - measuring and navigation device certified to military pilots.
1985 - Appears perpetual calendar module - the first module, which all pointers are set by the crown. The mechanism detects the number of days per month for the next 500 years, it would only require attention of watchmaker in 2199, when "the engine of ages" will need to be replaced, which IWC sealed in a small container. Four-digit year indicator appears.
1999 - Collection is updated with GST Deep One, the world's first model with integrated mechanical depth gauge. Watch case is made of titanium, which in the early 80s it was IWC who opened the door to world of watches.
2000 – IWC purchased by Richemont Group. As part of Richemont Group, IWC was assigned the role of center of technological developments to all watch brands in the Group.
In the same year produced a unique Calibre 5000, which is equipped in Portuguese Chronograph Automatic model, produced in 2000 copies. Caliber is equipped with the famous system - Pellaton, which provides a power reserve of 204 hours.
2003 - Portuguese Perpetual Calendar model attracted the attention for an unusual indicator of lunar phases, where the position of the moon is shown at once to the two hemispheres - North and South.
2004 - The parade of new products in the collection Aquatimer, supplemented by an automatic model with a date indicator, stainless steel version is waterproof up to 1000 m, titanium - up to 2000 m; steel model limited edition (1953 copies) is dedicated to Jacques Yves-Cousteau, chronograph, water-resistant to 120 meters in the case of titanium or steel, titanium model Minute Memory, in which besides the chronological indicators have an additional minute hand. Collection of Portuguese supplement two watches of complex configuration limited edition: automatic tourbillon and "skeletonized" minute repeater.
In a dense group of leading Swiss watch companies IWS distinguished by the fact that the company, through its products, made to look at the mechanical watch as an aesthetic sense. Watches IWC - is practicality, quality and style. They are the accessories that are not influenced by fashion, since they are its legislators.