History of I.W.C

Founded by Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841-1916), an American, in 1869. He set up the business in Schaffhausen on the banks of the Rhine in German-speaking north-east Switzerland. He had worked for the Howard Watch & Clock Company in Roxbury, Boston, MA.

Aaron Lufkin Dennison (1812-1895) moved to Switzerland in 1865 after the American Civil War. In Zurich he set up a branch of Melrose Watch Company but it failed three years later. In January 1869 F.A. Jones moved to Switzerland and the pair started to produce watches for export to the USA.

IWC Grande Complication


The company has undergone many changes and financial disasters.

This century watches have been designed by Ferdinard Porsche.

The Da Vinci chronograph with perceptual calendar and moon phase should run until 2499!