Schaffhausen, 15 January 2018 – IWC Schaffhausen unveiled a pocket watch with jumping numerals at the Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva as a special highlight of the ubilee collection, in celebration of the company’s 150th anniversary. The “IWC Tribute to Pallweber”, limited to 50 pieces, is the first pocket watch from IWC with a digital hours and minutes display since the production of the historical Pallweber pocket watch was discontinued in 1890, and the first new pocket watch from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer in the 21st century.

In 1884, IWC manufactured the first so-called Pallweber pocket watches. These innovative timekeepers showed the hours and minutes in digital format with large numerals on rotating discs. In its 150th anniversary year, IWC honours this achievement with the IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW505101). This exclusive pocket watch is limited to 50 watches. It is housed in an 18-carat 5N gold case, elaborately decorated with handcrafted guilloché work and worn on a chain also made of 18-carat 5N gold. The pocket watch features a white dial with a lacquered finish and white display discs. The small seconds hand is blued. As a reference to the design of the historical Pallweber watches and a tribute to F.A. Jones – the American watchmaker who founded IWC – the windows of the digital display are labelled as “Hours” and “Minutes”. Two windows in the spring cover reveal the hours and minutes, so the time can be read even when the front cover is closed. The case also features a closed dust cover on the backside.

The Pallweber mechanism has a digital digit display featured in the IWC Tribute to Pallweber pocket watch launched at SIHH 2018
A release mechanism connected to the watch's wheel train unlocks the display disc wheel train every 60 seconds and then blocks it again
IWC-manufactured Calibre 94200 featured in the IWC Tribute to Pallweber pocket watch launched at SIHH 2018
IWC-manufactured Calibre 94200

The IWC-manufactured 94200 calibre advances the display discs by using a separate wheel train with a barrel of its own. The fact that the flow of power in the main wheel train operates independently guarantees precision and a 60-hour power reserve.


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IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”

Ref. IW505101


  • Pocket watch
  • Mechanical movement
  • Hand-wound
  • Large digital displays for the hours and minutes
  • Breguet spring
  • Jubilee medallion in 18-carat gold on back of movement
  • Limited to 50 watches



  • IWC-manufactured calibre: 94200
  • Frequency: 28 000 A/h  /  4 Hz
  • Jewels: 54
  • Power reserve: 60 h
  • Winding: Hand-wound


  • Materials: 18-carat 5N gold case, white dial with a lacquered finish, black printed, white display discs, blued seconds hand, 18-carat 5N gold chain                   
  • Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Water-resistant: 1 bar
  • Diameter: 52 mm
  • Height: 14.2 mm

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