A Guided Tour Of The IWC Factory

By Jack Freedman

NOTICE OF DISCLAIMER: Please note that any and all information submitted here may not be accurate and could be unconfirmed.


 

QUALITY CONTROL

IWC relies on a two-prong strategy for tight quality control. As part of their overall forward thinking philosophy the company utilizes the human touch combined with sophisticated modern equipment to monitor each step along the assembly and production line. Among routine constant checks by supervisors there are required checkpoints which timepieces must pass through before they are shipped to customers. They consist of the following:

1. PRECISION TIMEKEEPING & TIMEKEEPING CONTROL

Here computerized equipment keep tab of daily rate variations and accuracy checks in six positions. Printouts of rates, beat errors and amplitude for batches of watches are provided simultaneously.

2. SHOCK RESISTANCE

This machine subjects finished watches to shocks anticipated by ordinary customers during normal or sports activities to determine how the watch holds up under stress.

3. WATER RESISTANCE

One of the most critical of all are various tests done to check the water resistance of different model watches. In the first photo, we see the “Ingenieur” model subjected to a rigorous test while, in the second photo, the Porsche Design “OCEAN” model has a unique special high-pressure chamber to test such watches down to the equivalent pressure of 2000 meters.

4. BRACELET TESTS

Here we see an interesting stretch machine is used to test the durability of the links holding the full bracelet.


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The writer acknowledges thanks to IWC, International Wristwatch magazine, and others for information gathered to cover parts of this report.


Thank you for taking this tour and getting familiar with IWC. Your comments are welcome and can be sent direct to me via e-mai: jfsuperior@aol.com

(copyrighted by Jack Freedman, 10/98)

 

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