The International Watch Company, better known as IWC, has been around for over 150 years, and in that time has produced some of the world’s most iconic timepieces. The company’s pilot’s watches are the stuff of legend, having been worn by adventurous travelers around the world for decades, but that’s not to say that IWC is a one-trick pony. In its catalog, the company has rugged and capable dive watches, prestigious and beautiful dress watches, and an array of comfortable, casual timepieces.
Outside of its well-known pilot’s watches, the company offers all manner of precious metals, complications, case sizes, and dial colors. That is a solid level of choice, and there’s an IWC for nearly everyone, but there are so many options it can be hard to choose. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of IWC’s non-pilot’s watches to help give you a basic overview of the brand.
With an ever-increasing number of dial bold colors and designs, IWC’s Portugieser watches straddle the line between dress and sport. Many of the watches are powered by IWC’s 69355 movement, which features a 46- hour power reserve and 27 jewels. The Portugieser offers a slim case design and large, easily readable dial, as well as a useful chronograph complication. Making the watch even more attractive is the fact that it looks just as great on an alligator leather strap as it does on a bracelet or NATO strap.
The IWC Aquatimer is one of the quirkier options in the world of dive watches, but that doesn’t detract from its capability or feature set. The watch is available with a bracelet or rubber strap, both of which are well suited for wear under water. The 42mm case is just 14.1 mm thick, which makes the Aquatimer ideal for everyday wear, as it can be worn at the office or at the beach and anywhere in between.
IWC’s Portofino watches are available in a wide variety of colors and bold dial designs. The timepieces are dressy, but the lineup is so broad that there’s a watch for any occasion. The Portofino can be had with a chronograph complication, as well as with roman numerals and precious metal cases. Though the overall look of the watch is subdued, IWC offers unique complications, such as a moonphase function and a power reserve indicator that help the Portofino stand out from the crowd.
The Ingenieurs, or engineers, feature some of IWC’s more conservative designs, but that’s not to say they’re boring. The watches can be had in precious metals, and with extremely complex features, such as perpetual calendar complications. Even the entry level model in the Ingenieur line features an attractive slim design, a date complication, and a stout water resistance rating.
The watches in IWC’s Da Vinci line feature smooth curves and interesting lug shapes that aren’t found anywhere else in the watchmaker’s catalog. Some timepieces here can reach six figures in price, but there are time-only watches with reasonable price tags. No matter the cost, the Da Vinci watches are unique, and work well in formal settings. Even so, they are durable enough to be worn every day.