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Mens RARE 1892 IWC INTERNATIONAL WATCH Co SCHAFFHAUSEN - Rauschenbach Era Watch

Mens RARE 1892 IWC INTERNATIONAL WATCH Co SCHAFFHAUSEN - Rauschenbach Era Watch

EXTREMELY EXCELLENT GOLD ENAMEL FINISHED STEEL DIAL with the TREE, GOLD PLATED CASE and MOVEMENT with FOUR RAISED & SCREWED GOLD SETTINGS and BI-METALLIC MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING that DATES to 1892 - RAUSCHENBACH ERA

Price: 1,700.00

 

Mens EXTRA 1901 IWC INTERNATIONAL WATCH Co SCHAFFHAUSEN Vintage Watch MILITARY STYLE

Mens EXTRA 1901 IWC INTERNATIONAL WATCH Co SCHAFFHAUSEN Vintage Watch MILITARY STYLE

BLACK MILITARY STYLE DIAL, CHROMED STEEL CASE, HIGH GRADE MECHANISM with FOUR RAISED & SCREWED GOLD JEWEL SETTINGS, BI-METALLIC MICROMETER REGULATOR & BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING

ID: 26

Price: 1,500.00

 

History of IWC

An interesting fact – it is the only major Swiss company, whose founder is an American!

For the inhabitants of Schaffhausen it is just “La Watch”, however, for a long time Schaffhausen has been immediately associated with the IWC watches. Since its very foundation, located apart from the traditional Swiss watchmaking centers, the company was forced to provide itself with everything necessary all on its own, forming specialists and young personnel and employing the most unusual equipment of that time to build up production processes. IWC won fame thanks to its solid, accurate and fine quality pocket watches. At present, “La Watch” offers the widest range of timepieces in the Swiss watch industry, in the pocket watch category, in particular. Its motto – “Probus Scafusia” – clearly expresses the company’s philosophy devoted to the highest level of quality achieved far back in 1868.

In 1868, Aristo Jones, an American watchmaker, and Johann Heinrich Moser, an entrepreneur watchmaker, established International Watch Co., a company that started producing pocket timepieces with the famous Caliber Jones. In 1974, IWC became a joint-stock company and the property of Schaffhauser Handelsbank, but not for long. In 1880, it was purchased by Johannes Rauschenbach-Vogel. He and his offsprings had been the company’s owners during four generations. In 1990, IWC presented its first wristwatch furnished with the smaller pocket mechanisms, created for the British Royal Navy and the Imperial German Navy, as well as the first operational watch for the Berlin tram company. Far back in the 1900s, the aviation made a breakthrough in the world. All the world discoveries and researches in the sector of technology moved to a higher level, followed by a defining moment of progress to meet new super possibilities. Unbreakable glass, rotating bezel, luminous devices and antimagnetic mechanisms were created to reflect and specifically underline the new era. While IWC was not the only brand producing watches for pilots, it managed to improve the most innovative series of its own timepieces.

The first IWC special watch for pilots appeared in 1936 and was meant to operate in the cockpit. A perfectly visible black dial, a bright arrowhead together with large luminous numerals, a rotating bezel with indices to measure short intervals – these were the specific features of the old and modern IWC models. In 1940, there came the Grande Pilot’s Watch, which, according to the military requirements, featured a pocket watch mechanism and a large secondhand, being a measurement and navigation device certified for military aviators. A new watch for pilots was released in 1948. It was meant to be used by both, the military men and the civilians. Mark XI is the most famous aviation model of IWC, working on the basis of Caliber 89 with a manual winding. Its major advantage making it different from other similar watches of that time was the additional internal case made of soft metal, which protected the mechanism against magnetic fields.

In 1954, the newly created automatic mechanism was used in the Ingenieur and Yacht Club models (IWC’s bestsellers of that time). In cooperation with other notorious Swiss watch companies IWC created Beta 21, a mechanism it used in the 70s to develop its first quartz watch.

In 1978, IWC got in touch with Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. This cooperation led to the creation of the Porsche Design by IWC models.

In 1985, the module for the perpetual calendar was released. It was the first module, whose indicators were adjusted with the help of a crown. The mechanism is able to distinguish the number of days in a month for the next 500 years. So, it will require a watch repairer only in 2199 to change the “centuries’ engine”, which IWC sealed in a small container. One more exclusive feature was the indicator of the year having four numbers.

In 1987, there came model 900 – the first rectangular waterproof automatic wristwatch with the perpetual calendar. In 1990, the company released the Grande Complication wristwatch, the most sophisticated watch ever with nine hands and 659 parts.

In 1993, it was the Destriero Scafusiae watch dedicated to the 125th anniversary of IWC and furnished with a manual winding mechanism, combining a repeater, a perpetual calendar, a counterclockwise function and a tourbillion.

In 1997, was the GST collection named after the initial letters of the metals used in it (Gold, Steel and Titanium). These are noble chronographs: automatic, Caliber 7922 with the day of the week and date indicator and quartz/mechanical, Caliber 631, the most compact mechanism up to the present moment. The Da Vinci SL model demonstrates the trend development of the traditional Da Vinci watch.

In 1998, appeared the UTC model, a pilot watch with an innovative system of the dual time readout, and two new GST models:  Aquatimer, made of steel and titanium, and a traditional automatic model with an alarm, made of gold.

In 1999, the GST collection was updated with the Deep One model having an integrated mechanical depth sounder. Out of the watches for aviators there was Mark XV with a new caliber and a bigger case. IWC also released a series of 270 Da Vinci Tourbillon watches (20 of them were “Four Seasons” with the solid gold dial) and a flying tourbillion for the Destriero Scafusiae timepiece.

In 2000, the Richemont Group took over the company. It produced Caliber 5000 used for the Portuguese Chronograph Automatic model released in 2000 pieces. The caliber features the famous Pellaton winding system with a power reserve of 204 hours. The Da Vince model updated its appearance – it was a bigger case made of rose gold and having large Arabic numerals.

In 2001, the GST collection was expanded with two exquisite and sophisticated models: GST with a counterclockwise feature and GST Perpetual Calendar (with a perpetual calendar and the chronograph functions). Both had an integrated GST bracelet with a safely locking system.

In 2002, the world received automatic watch Grande Orologio from the Aviatore collection. It combines the best pilot characteristics with a full seven-day power reserve, the indicator of which is placed in the dial. A massive case, 46 mm in diameter, has a special protection against magnetic action. The watch has an automatic mechanism of Caliber 5011 with the Pellaton winding system. The platinum and a blue dial are the peculiar characteristics of the new Da Vinci Split-Chronograph model unveiled in a limited edition of 500 pieces.

In 2003, the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar model attracted attention by its unusual moon phase display, which showed both North and South hemispheres. The model is presented in two variants – platinum and yellow gold. And Portuguese Split-Chronograph was available in yellow or rose gold with a silver or black dial. The case of the Portofino Automatic model was enlarged to 38 mm in diameter. Worth to be mentioned is also Grande Complication,  a new model released in platinum or yellow gold with a silver or black silver dial respectively.

The year of 2004 was a parade of novelties in the Aquatimer collection supplemented with a model indicating the date. The steel version is waterproof at the depth of up to 1,000 meters, the titanium one – at the depth of up to 2,000 meters. The steel model of a limited edition (1,953 pieces) was dedicated to Jacques-Yves Cousteau. There was also a chronograph in the titanium or steel case waterproof at the depth of up to 120 meters, the titanium model Minute Memory,  which beside the chronographic indicators had an additional minute hand. The Portuguese collection was supplemented with two timepieces of a sophisticated configuration in a limited edition: an automatic tourbillion and a skeleton minute repeater. The Portofino collection got a new chronograph with an electromechanical mechanism.

In 2005, the partnership of the watch brand from Schaffhausen and the world renowned automobile concern Mercedes led to the creation of the Ingenieur Automatic AMG model. The new automatic Caliber 810110 with the Pellaton winding system was elaborated especially for this model. The case is made of titanium, which at the beginning of the 80s IWC brought into the world of watches. The advent of this chronograph marked the reentry of the Ingenieur to the market of the high quality sports watches. The famous Da Vinci celebrated its 20th anniversary with a new color of its case made of red gold.

In 2006, the brand marked the 70th anniversary of Saint-Exupery’s “Le petit prince” with the creation of a rare Pilot’s Chronograph. The watch was unveiled in a limited edition of a symbolic number of 1931 pieces. 


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