Wednesday Hump Day Fun Fact # 71 !!!
Posted by Daubin Barshtak on March 18, 2015.
(IWC Big Pilot 18k White Gold watch, Model # 5004.02)
A small insight into IWC watches and history !!!
In 1868, an American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841–1916) who had been a director of E. Howard & Co., in Boston, then America's leading watchmaking company, founded the International Watch Company with the intention of combining the craftsmanship of the Swiss with the modern engineering technology from the U.S. to manufacture movements and watch parts for the American market. At the time, wages in Switzerland were relatively low although there was a ready supply of skilled watchmaking labor mainly carried out by people in their homes. Jones encountered opposition to his plans in French-speaking Switzerland because people feared for their jobs and the work they did at home due to the fact that Jones intended to open a factory. Today, IWC Schaffhausen is notable for being the only major Swiss watch factory located in eastern Switzerland, as the majority of the well-known Swiss watch manufacturers are located in western Switzerland.