IWC Watches Serial Number Guide and Date

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IWC Watches Serial Number Guide and Date

Most premium watch manufacturers engrave their watches with serial numbers. IWC watches are no different. The serial number of a watch has several purposes. The primary purpose is to give the manufacturer full control over each and every single watch that leaves the factory and to be able to identify each and every single watch.

This is both helpful when you want to see when a watch was made, and get more information about it. But it also helps with tracking stolen or lost watches, as each serial number is unique.

Most commonly, the watch manufacturer has records of its serial numbers that are not officially open to the public. Some brands share ”extract from the archives” if you provide them with your watch’s serial number, and then give you detailed information about your watch. Other manufacturers do not disclose any information at all, which means the information that is available is crowdsourced.

So what is the case with IWC watches and their serial numbers?

You can actually look at IWC watches serial numbers and compare them with a serial number list in order to date its approximate production year. Many watch brands offer an extract from the archives, but IWC does not. The company does, however, offer a Certificate of Authenticity. In order to acquire a certificate of authenticity, your watch must be examined by the watchmakers at the headquarters of IWC Schaffhausen. You will get a certificate, and on this certificate, it will be stated: the type, case, and movement, and in some cases also information about the watch’s features.

Where is the serial number on your IWC watch?

The serial number can be found either on the case, the case back, or the movement.

Either the serial number may be engraved on the outside of the case back, or on the inside of the case back. The latter means you will need to open your watch in order to access the number.

How to date IWC watches with serial number

  • 1875: 7,000
  • 1877: 25,000
  • 1879: 50,000
  • 1880 – 1886: 0 – 10’000
  • 1886 – 1890: 10,001 –  50,000
  • 1890 – 1899: 100,000 – 200,000
  • 1899 – 1903: 200,001 – 300,000
  • 1903 – 1907: 300,001 – 400,000
  • 1907 – 1913: 400,001 – 600,000
  • 1910 – 1915: 463,601 – 620,800
  • 1914 – 1924: 600,001 – 800,000
  • 1924 – 1929: 800,001 – 900,000
  • 1929: 919,500
  • 1930: 929,000
  • 1931: 937,500
  • 1932: 938,000
  • 1933: 939,000
  • 1934: 940,000
  • 1935 – 1940: 940,001 – 1,013200
  • 1941: 1,039000
  • 1942: 1,062000
  • 1943: 1,078000
  • 1944: 1,092000
  • 1945: 1,106000
  • 1945 – 1950: 1,092,401 – 1,200400
  • 1950 – 1955: 1,200401 – 1,335400
  • 1956: 1,399000
  • 1957: 1436000
  • 1958: 1460000
  • 1959: 1513000
  • 1960 – 1965: 1,513001 – 1778800
  • 1965: 1796000
  • 1966: 1820000
  • 1967: 1889000
  • 1968: 1,905000
  • 1969: 1970000
  • 1970 – 1975: 1970201 – 2275000

Note that this IWC watches serial number list is for informational purposes only.  The dates are approximate but will help you get an estimate of when your vintage IWC watch was made. Note that this list can only be used on vintage IWC watches, as seen on the dates. Whilst we strive to keep this list accurate, typos or mistakes may exist.

6 thoughts on “IWC Watches Serial Number Guide and Date

  1. Dear Sirs,
    I bought an vintage IWC wrist watch, the steel cased, w/ the manual winding mechanism.
    There is a serial no.? on the inner surface of it’s lid: 1418003.
    The watch is working precisely.
    Would You be so kind to tell me something more about this model and it’s rough price?
    Your kind reply will be highly appreciated!

    Sincerely Yours,
    Dušan Popović, MScME
    I remain

    1. Hello Dušan,
      Our watch experts have the required expertise to give you detailed information about your IWC timepiece. You can consult them here:
      https://millenarywatches.com/watches/watch-consulting/

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  2. Dear Sirs,
    I have a hunter pocket watch, silver case, with marks on the inside of the lids, one is I.W.C 0.800, and closer to the hinge the numbers 88*41 and a number 8 below.
    Guess manufacture date around end os 19th century or early 20th, would like to know some detail about the timepiece, which is working normally.

    Many thanks in advance, kind regards.

    Carlos Abruzzi

    1. Hello,
      For specific details and questions related to your watch, you can consult here:
      https://millenarywatches.com/watches/watch-consulting/

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

  3. I am having great trouble finding out the age of manufacture of my der Fliegerchronograph
    Serial number 2964277.
    Why does the above dating system only go up to 1975??
    Mine must be 1990’s. I need to know!

    1. Hi,
      IWC changed its serial number system, like so many other manufacturers, to a random serial number system which means it is no longer possible to date the production using the serial number.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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