The Aquatimer, sports adventure

On the incidence of- and directly responding to the rising popularity of sports diving the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC from the City of Schaffhausen close by the German border and famous Rhine River falls was to introduce the first IWC Aquatimer in 1967. While still being inspired by former models of the manufacture regarding design it did by then feature a water resistance of 20 bar as well as an internal rotating bezel. Constant efforts of elaboration eventually lead to the launch of the Aquatimer Ocean 2000. Miraculously made solid to a depth of 2000 meter, this watch certainly was to cause quite a stir and attract a great deal of attention. By 1999 it was followed by the GST-Line which for the first time ever featured a mechanical depth gauge. Just as well as the external rotating bezel with an inset sapphire glass it represents a striking characteristic of the current collection. The Super-LumiNova coating used underneath ensures readability even in case of bad visibility. The Aquatimer can clearly be identified a diver’s watch, while additionally being classified according to IWC watch standards. Moreover an elaborate mechanism enabling the wearer to change straps in a snap makes each and every model promise the perfect match: weather in underwater use by rubber band or official occasion in bracelet brilliancy.

Sporty Aquatimer Family

The current collection of the IWC Aquatimer contains different watch types, led by the Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” whose stainless steel case is complexly coated in black rubber. The mechanic chronograph movement 79320 features a date and day display as well as a stopwatch function with minutes and seconds and a water resistance up to 12 bar. While four out of the watches are housed in a case of stainless steel, the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” appears in 18 K rose gold, by IWC being referred to as bronze. The blend of black dial and bronze case at a 44 mmm diameter results in raving beauty. Equally captivating but rather by internal than external benefits, the Automatic 2000 bears a water resistance of up to 200 bar. Although black definitely counts for the dominant color in Aquatimer dial design, as a matter of course blue or white dials are made available just as well. The IWC Aquatimer is a sports watch that proves perfect performance not only in underwater use but also on stage: therefore the “enfant terrible” among German actors, Götz George might have made more than one model by IWC his own.

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