IWC Schaffhausen Consignment
Sotheby’s, your most reliable resource for IWC wristwatch auction appraisal and consignment, continues to achieve hammer prices well above our low estimates. In 2019, an IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot gold wristwatch, worn by Bradley Cooper when he performed with Lady Gaga at the 91st Academy Awards®, estimated at $20,000 – 30,000 USD, realised 75,000 USD at a Sotheby’s auction. As a global auction house with watch sales in London, New York, Geneva and Hong Kong, Sotheby’s can help you sell an IWC watch for the highest price.
The history of IWC Schaffhausen began in Boston more than 150 years ago, when young watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones set out to meld the incomparable craftsmanship of the Swiss horologists with cutting-edge technology to produce the finest quality of watches for Americans. He successfully transformed small Swiss workshops into a modern factory with a centralized production method. Today, IWC watches continue to be in high demand.
When you are ready to sell your vintage or modern IWC watch, Sotheby’s can help you realise the highest price. To receive a complimentary auction estimate, simply submit images of your luxury watches along with any additional information to Sotheby's through our easy-to-use online estimate form.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my IWC watch?Throughout the year, Sotheby's hosts watch sales online and in multiple selling locations, including Hong Kong, London, Geneva and New York. In fact, in 2018, Sotheby’s New York sold $86.4 million worth of watches on behalf of our consignors, an increase of 32% in five years. Based on our specialists' understanding of the market and the current appetite of watch buyers, we are able to recommend the best location and time of year to sell an IWC watch.
Sotheby's is also pleased to launch Watches Weekly , a new fast and dynamic online auction format to meet collectors’ needs and respond to the rapidly evolving market. This new weekly series offers a quicker turnaround between appraisal and sale and has already held new records for online watch auctions. Once you submit your IWC watch details for an auction estimate appraisal, Sotheby's watch specialists will be able to provide their recommendations.
- Is every IWC Schaffhausen watch marked with a signature?Generally speaking, each pre-owned IWC wristwatch bears a maker’s mark and serial number. Unfortunately, markings are sometimes forged, so our experts recommend that you submit images of your fine timepiece and trust a Sotheby’s specialist to interpret any maker’s marks. Simply send photographs to our experts, who will use their knowledge of IWC workmanship to confirm the piece’s authenticity.
- Why are pre-owned and vintage IWC watches so valuable?Vintage collecting, as a hobby and as an investment, has exploded over the last five years. In general, the IWC watches that have best retained their value include the Il Destriero Scafusia, IWC Tourbillon, Portugieser, Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, Portofino Automatic, Da Vinci, Aquatimer and Ingenieur.
- Must I have the original documents or receipts that came with my IWC watch?Our specialists will need clear photographs and as much information as you can provide in order to determine your watch's auction estimate. Although we can evaluate your IWC wristwatch with photographs alone, it is helpful to have any original paperwork. Once you submit your information online, you will be able to track the estimate process, and one of our specialists will contact you directly if there are any questions about your timepiece.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy, consign and sell an IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot gold wristwatch, Grande Complication pink gold watch with automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar, chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, gold tourbillon wristwatch, limited edition yellow gold skeletonised triple calendar watch, mens Portugieser or Ingenieur wristwatch. Desirable features include moon phases, leap-year indication, perpetual calendar, 5-day power reserve or wristwatches worn by Hollywood celebrities such as Robin Williams or Bradley Cooper when he sang with Lady Gaga at the Oscars.