MADE IN SCHAFFHAUSEN
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wainair Wrote:Hello Folks. I just got back from my trip to Schaffhausen and let me say the only thing nicer than springtime in Switzerland is the hospitality of the fine folks at IWC! But before I get to far ahead of myself let me explain my story for those of you who might of missed it.A few months ago I bought an 1886 IWC Pallweber Digital pocketwatch off Ebay. It was in a poorly listed auction, almost as poor as the condition of the watch. I won’t go into great detail here because I have already done that in this post: First Post Pallweber As a result of this post I have been given the great opportunity to go to Schaffhausen to meet David Seyffer, Curator of the IWC Museum, Oliver Siegle, IWC Director of Social Media who makes this forum possible, and to meet and have my watch looked at by Jürg Rüeger, the Museum Watchman himself! So on with my day in Schaffhausen.I woke up early, like a little kid excited on Christmas morning. I had made Kloten (a Suburb of Zurich)my home base. My hotel was a 2 minute walk from the train station and proved to be the perfect place to stay. When in Switzerland I’d highly recommend a Swiss Rail Pass. It ends up costing less than a car rental and you really get to see the countryside the best by train. So after a light breakfast I’m off bright and early to Schaffhausen!David Seyffer had made arrangements to meet at the IWC museum at 1230 so I thought I’d arrive in town early and take in some of the sights of Schaffhausen. The S33 arrived at 1014, right on time, and I had a couple hours to walk around. Schaffhausen is a beautiful town on the Rhine river, who’s long history goes back to at least 1045AD. It is a delight to walk around the old town streets taking in the beautiful buildings.Great old streets and the clock tower.The Middle Ages and Renaissance era buildings have beautiful details.And for the automotive buff there are many fantastic vintage cars driving around!And a climb up to the fortifications that used to protect the town is well worth the breath!The veiws of the area are great!!A far view of the IWC Factory!And after I headed down from the heights of the forifications I thought I'd sit by the Rhine for a while to relax my feet before my tour.So for those of you who have made it this far it's off to IWC! Just down this street...So at 1230 we all met at the reception of the IWC Museum. We were going to go out for lunch at a local restaurant but first I couldn't resist showing my watch to Jürg. With the deft hands of a professional watchmaker he quickly had my watch under his loupe! He quickly confirms my estimation of the age of the watch and my concerns about the balance. Of course with just a quick inspection he cannot say one way or another whether the watch is going to be repairable or not but does say it will be a challenge for the service department. With that I sign over my watch to their care and it's off to lunch.We went up the road to a restaurant that specialized in the food of the region. Needless to say it was excellent. I had a very tasty fish soup, a fantastic plate of freshly made ravioli in white sauce with fresh asparagus and some local white wine. As excellent as the food was the conversation was even more. We talked about many things from watch history, to the challenges of keeping up with the evolving landscape on the Internet forums and boards. From trends in watches, to fishing on the Rhine, and concerns for the tragedy in Japan. We had a excellent meal and an excellent time courtesy of IWC. Jürg headed back to work and David, Oliver and I headed back to the Museum. Once back at the Museum Oliver headed back to work to and David and I toured the Museum and the facilities.I must say if you ever get the opportunity to have David give you a tour of the IWC Museum, JUMP at it! He has an excellent knowledge of the history of IWC and early watchmaking. He made it a delight talking about the early days of IWC and it's formation. The history of the Pallweber movements at IWC. Also the early influences of F.A Jones, F.Seeland, and how their connection to the American watch industry influenced the direction IWC was to take as a leading edge modern watchmaker. He talked of the evolution of IWC watch Calibre's and lines through to the modern age. I also got to see many Pallwebers in thier display as well as what I hope mine will look more like once it is repaired.We also toured the production facilities on site. This was a real treat! Being a watch lover it was amazing to see the modern production facilities at IWC. How even today this delicate, skilled work is still the realm of the master watchmakers and craftsmen. It was neat to see how IWC has modernized the original factory and expanded into the new labs of the modern expansion of the Schaffhausen facilities. I was very interested to find out that the Grand Complications are made from start to finish by one watchmaker to ensure they are made perfectly and to the highest standard. I'm sure I'm leaving out a thousand things. I saw too many wonders to convey them all here!After my tour was done David gave me a copy of this years most excellent catalog and the latest edition of Watch International!After many heart felt Thank you's my tour of IWC was over and my Pallweber is in their expert hands. We still don't know if the watch is repairable or not. Only a full tear down and inspection will be able to determine that. The results of which we should know in a week or so. I hope I will have as much luck as forum member 8541 recently had with his watch in this post. The Wizards of Schaffhausen They really did a marvelous job on his watch!Regardless of the outcome of the repair of my Pallweber I cannot emphasize enough the hospitality and generosity of David Seyffer, Oliver Siegle, Jürg Rüeger, and all the staff at IWC that made me feel very welcome during my afternoon tour. It just shows what a true class act IWC is. They are heads and shoulders above their competition. To treat a vintage collector this well makes me certain that they will only treat their new customers equally well, far beyond the initial purchase of an IWC watch. It truly shows the value in IWC's service department and I for one can only speak their praise! And of course I owe a great debt of thanks to our great Forum Moderator, Micheal Friedberg. Without his help I never would have made the connections at IWC which made this possible. Thank you Mr.Friedberg!!
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Isobars Wrote:Great report Wainair. I hope the factory will repair your Pallweber. Mine needs service they will not preform :-(Schaffhausen does look delightful indeed...Though I think the factory needs a helipad ;-)--Cheers from Isobars.
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