The story of the IWC Schaffhausen watch company begins in 1868, with the construction of their luxury pocket watches by the American engineer and watchmaker – Florentine Ariosto Jones. His ambition was to combine American technology with Swiss craftsmanship.
Soon the IWC Schaffhausen pocket watches became popular and increasingly advanced with the innovative digital pocket watch model in 1885 and the introduction of the wristwatch at the end of the 19th century.
The IWC Schaffhausen watch company initially built their existing pocket watch movements into their wristwatches; and soon developed precise movements to complement their IWC watch product line.
Emerging pilots began to use the new IWC watches because they were oversized for readability and unaffected by the harmful magnetic fields in flight.
Modern aviation professionals continue to use IWC watches, specialized by the IWC Pilot Watches Classic and the IWC Pilot Watches Spitfire watch series. Other popular IWC watch series available include the IWC Specialities watch series, IWC Portuguese watch series, IWC Da Vinci watch series, IWC Ingenieur watch series, IWC Aquatimer watch series, and the IWC Portofino watch series.
Pilot’s Watch Chronograph
With its case measuring 42 millimetres in diameter, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph is an immediate attention-grabber.
The dial leans heavily on the classical design of the Big Pilot’s Watch, as can be seen, among other things, from the eye-catching chapter ring and the propeller-like hands. The robust 79320-calibre chronograph movement functions as a stopwatch with aggregate timing up to 12 hours and shows the day and the date. The Chronograph’s alligator leather strap comes with a classic pin buckle while the stainless-steel bracelet features a folding clasp.