With water-resistance to outstanding 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) and a highly luminescent external rotating bezel, IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Watch is created to meet the demands of a professional diver. The robust diver’s watch is suitable not only for diving but also for any sports where the precise recording of time is necessary.
The watch is housed in a stainless steel case. The round case has 44 mm in diameter and the thickness of 14 mm. It features an eye-catching external rotating bezel, the hallmark of the Aquatimer Family which can be turned easily under water, even with gloves. Its chunky, black bezel with white Arabic numerals has the first quarter-hour in white or signal yellow, depending on a model. The bezel harmoniously frames a sporty black or white dial.
Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is shielded on both sides by convex scratch-resistant sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings. No less than six layers of Super-Luminova are applied to the underside of the sapphire-glass ring. Thanks to this highly effective luminescent material, the elapsed dive time is plainly visible even in low light conditions.
A Self-winding IWC In-house Movement
This amazing diver’s watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured automatic mechanical 30110 caliber (it is an IWC-modified ETA 2892 movement). The mechanical self-winding movement preserves 42 hours of power reserve when fully charged and produces 28,800 vibrations per hour. The impeccable Swiss-made movement provides the usual functions of hour, minute and second, as well as a date function.
Depending on a model, the watch is available with a black dial highlighted in yellow accents, or a white dial completed by luminescent hour markers. For the best legibility, the hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent materials, whereas the lume on the second hand is painted on the tail end instead of the tip. Further, the tip of the second hand is yellow. The uncluttered dial, besides luminescent hour markers, comprises a small date window which is situated at the 3 o’clock position.
Four Variants for Deep-sea Divers
The Aquatimer Automatic is available either with a further improved, stainless steel bracelet featuring a double push-button safety clasp, or with a black rubber strap with a pin buckle. Also available as an optional extra, there is an extra-long hook-and-loop strap which will meet the demands of the most ambitious divers.
Another exquisite feature comes with IWC’s quick-change system which allows the wristlet to change in a few seconds. This concept has been developed by IWC under a patent license from Cartier.
IWC from Schaffhausen offers two models attached to steel bracelets and there is a choice between a black and white colored dial (their referent numbers are IW356808 and IW356809). If you rather prefer versions with more comfortable black rubber straps, you can also choose between a black and white dial (their referent numbers are IW356810 and IW356811). I dare to say that the prices are fair. Two versions with steel bracelets can be purchased for approximately $4,700 each, while the models with rubber straps are more affordable with the price tags below $4,000.