The story of every IWC watch begins in the workshop, where passionate watchmakers dedicate long hours to perfecting every detail. To make sure that it never loses track of a single watch, IWC began keeping records about them in 1885. All information is noted, including sale date, calibre, material and case numbers or reference numbers for newer models. Heirs and subsequent buyers have the option of obtaining precise information about their IWC watch for a fee, thus confirming its authenticity. This and further information is provided in the form of a certificate.
For a certificate to be issued, the watch must be taken to an IWC boutique or authorized retailer. In our workshop in Schaffhausen, the IWC timepiece is then subjected to careful, detailed testing by an experienced watchmaker.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide information about the collector’s value of specific models, because this depends on factors such as supply and demand as well as the condition of the movement and case.
In the event of a worst-case scenario involving loss or theft, it is advisable to report the incident in writing to the police and IWC. The case number, or the reference number for a newer model, in question is then entered in a special register, which ensures the watch is recognized if it is taken to an IWC service centre. This registration process has so far allowed many missing watches to be reunited with their rightful owners.