In 2009, IWC launched Special Edition Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands Watch. This exceptional diver’s timepiece is housed in a stainless steel case which is entirely coated in high-quality black rubber which provides an additional layer of protection against external impacts and harmful influences of all kinds. This is accomplished by a complex vulcanization process that leaves the watch with a matt black rubber coating, as black as the lava on the volcanic Galapagos Islands.
This IWC watch has a well proportioned robust case which measures 44 mm in diameter and 15 mm in thickness. As I already mentioned, the case has received a matt black vulcanized rubber coating which allows 120 meters (400 feet) of water resistance for the case or the mechanism which keeps excellent time beneath water surface.
This diver’s wristwatch with the referent number IW376705 features an innovative external rotating bezel that can be operated more easily during the diving periods. Its black, unidirectional bezel (anticlockwise) has a blue luminescent Arabic numerals and also luminescent green 15 minute zone (the first quarter-hour on its bezel). The case is protected on both sides by anti-reflective, convex sapphire crystals and it has an engraved case back with the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoise which has been imprinted to denote the promotion of ecologically sound behavior.
It Feels Every Bit as Good as It Looks
Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands Edition is equipped with IWC-manufactured Caliber 79320 mechanical movement with the power reserve of 44 hours and a balance which oscillates at the speed of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The self-winding movement, built on 25 jewels, provides the usual functions of hour and minute, as well as subsidiary seconds, date, day and chronograph functions.
The sleek, black dial features bold applied index hour markers filled with blue luminescent material and polished blackened steel hands. The hour hand is filled with blue, whereas the minute hand is filled with green luminescent material, which provides perfect underwater visibility. The dial comprises three sub-dials, as well as day and date displays which are situated at the 3 o’clock position.
For the chronograph function, this Aquatimer uses a large central seconds hand and two sub-dials. A 30 minute chronograph counter is located at the 12 o’clock position, while a 12 hour chrono is set at the 6 o’clock position. There is also a small hacking seconds with a yellow luminescent hand and it is situated at the 9 o’clock position.
This Aquatimer Chronograph is attached to a comfortable black rubber strap with a steel tang buckle. One of the most interesting features of this wristwatch is IWC’s bracelet quick-change system which easily allows the wearer to quickly swap straps in a few seconds without the use of any tools (the same system you can found in other Aquatimer chronograph models). This concept was developed under a patent license from Cartier.
The retail price of this IWC Aquatimer Special Edition timepiece is $6,900.
A Diver’s Timepiece in the Utility of Evolution
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands is designed to mark IWC’s relationship with the Charles Darwin Foundation and it is aimed to raise public awareness about the fragile habitat of the Galapagos Islands. For more than 50 years, this Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of the Galapagos Islands ecosystems.
The Foundation keeps the watch and, together with over a hundred scientists, volunteers, research students and support staff from all over the world, it insures that the waters are not plundered and that the animals do not fall victim to poachers or predators imported from elsewhere. Also, the Foundation has been making visitors aware of the archipelago’s uniqueness and providing them with guidelines to ecologically sound behavior.