This time, however, was different: Manufactured in 1870, the pocket watch had been proved to have been in the gentleman’s family possessions ever since it entered the country in the late 19th century. Recognizing its significance and value, the three brothers made a commendable decision: Instead of keeping it in a bank security deposit box, they would ship the watch back to its original birthplace in Schaffhausen, and loan it to the IWC Museum for an indefinite amount of time.
A decision that was not taken lightly. Truly cherishing and respecting family values, tradition and legacy, the Stewart family likes to hang onto things. “We don’t tend to buy something, use it for a little bit and then let it go – which I guess from a historical perspective is a good trait. That’s why we are here today holding this beautiful timepiece,” said TJ, the gentleman behind the email.