Two years ago, IWC from Schaffhausen freshened up its Aquatimer Family with four striking Chronograph watches. These new models come with large hands and in a variety of eye-catching color combinations, which is so untypical for the Swish manufacturer of luxury timepieces.
One of the biggest changes compared to the previous model is a shinier and redesigned bezel. The external rotating bezel with its inset sapphire glass is 4 mm wide and it features a tachymeter scale inscribed with Arabic numerals to mark time in five minutes steps. It also provides more safety during dives thanks to the Super-Luminova luminescent coating used for maximum legibility of the elapsed dive time in various lighting conditions, even during dives in the deep darkness. The chunky bezel can be turned anticlockwise even with thick gloves and clicks securely into the place. The new Aquatimer Chronograph has a distinctly colored first quarter-hour on its bezel – either white combined with a dark blue, or signal yellow combined with a sleek black color. This color scheme is one of the hallmarks of the Aquatimer line of watches and it is also used for the dial.
Its dark blue or black dial features luminescent hands and indices, three sub-dials and day and date windows. The right date of the month and the right day of the week are displayed at the 3 o’clock position; a 12 hour chronograph is located at the 6 o’clock position; a 60 second sub-dial is situated at the 9 o’clock position and a 30 minute chrono counter is set at the 12 o’clock position.
All these functions provide a self-winding Caliber 79320 which is built on 25 jewels. The mechanical chronograph movement is capable of holding full 44 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
Although new IWC watches with striking colors and bold design might look like cheaper Japanese dive timepieces, they are still mechanically and functionally superb.
Aquatimer Chronograph is housed in a round case, crafted from high-quality stainless steel. Its large and masculine case has 44 mm in diameter and is 15 mm thick. The case is coated on both sides by a convex sapphire crystal with antireflective coating. The case also incorporates a screw-in crown and two chrono push-buttons in stainless steel. The water-resistance of the case is assured to 120 meters (395 feet).
The Aquatimer Bracelet Quick-change System
Depending on a model, Aqutimer chrono can be attached to a stainless-steel bracelet or to a rubber strap in black (the referent number is IW376709) or blue (the referent number is IW376711). Two other models are available with three-raw bracelets, and there is a choice between the model IW376710 that matches blue and white colored dial and bezel, and the model IW376708 that sports a black and yellow color scheme.
The steel bracelets are fitted with double push-button safety clasps. Thanks to the Aquatimer quick-change system which has been developed by IWC (under the patent license from Cartier), the steel bracelet can be exchanged in a few seconds for a rubber or hook-and-loop strap without the need for any special tools. The latter allows the timepiece to be worn over a diving suit.
This sporty men’s timepiece can be purchased for $5,000.