If you are looking for the watch that is at the same time rugged enough to withstand everyday use, and classy enough to be your companion through the various professional occasions, then IWC Vintage Aquatimer Automatic is an ideal timepiece for you.
Like all watches from the Vintage Collection, the Aquatimer comprises four variants. The platinum Aquatimer is produced in the limited series of only 500 timepieces worldwide and there is also a choice among 18-karat rose gold, 18-karat red gold and stainless steel models.
Vintage Aquatimer Automatic Watch represents the contemporary reinterpretation of the iconic model from 1967. This IWC’s first diver’s timepiece featured water resistance up to amazing 200 meters (660 feet) and one of its critical features was an internal rotating bezel that was set using a second crown situated at the 4 o’clock position. Today’s model, as its worthy successor, features the rotating bezel that has undergone further development and is now situated outside the case. The first quarter-hour on its bezel comprises distinctly colored indices. This color scheme is one of the hallmarks of the Aquatimer line of watches. Besides the crown for setting the internal bezel, this Vintage Aquatimer also has a screw-in winding crown situated at the 2 o’clock position. With water resistance up to 120 meters (200 feet), this Aquatimer perfectly fits the needs of ambitious divers.
Manufactured to Meet the Demands of a Modern Lifestyle
High precision and reliability are guaranteed by the inclusion of the in-house made Caliber 80111 mechanical movement with Pellaton winding system. The same movement has been incorporated in some Ingenieur models, as well as in two vintage timepieces: Ingenieur Automatic and Da Vinci Automatic. One of the most rugged movements ever manufactured by IWC is built on 28 jewels and provides sufficient 44 hours of power reserve when fully charged.
The impeccable mechanism is housed in a round case which measures 44 mm in diameter and 14.5 mm in thickness. The case is protected on both sides by convex sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings and unlike the original Aquatimer from the 1960s, this watch has a see-through sapphire-glass case back.
The clear-cut dial design of the Vintage Aquatimer Automatic is actually the same as the very first Aquatimer’s dial and it is even more readable thanks to the larger case.
Its retro-looking dial features bold applied index hour markers and baton-shaped hour and minute hands filled with blue luminescent material. Also, its central hacking seconds hand has a luminescent baton-shaped tip. The right date is traditionally available at the 3 o’clock position.
Four Variants for Different Styles
Vintage Aquatimer Automatic in platinum, with the referent number IW323105, is the most expensive one in this line and it comes with the retail price of $38,000. It has a silver-plated dial and it is attached to a black alligator leather strap. The 18-karat white gold version IW323104 is priced approximately $17,000, whereas the 18-karat rose gold model IW323103 can be purchased for $14,900. These two models are attached to genuine alligator leather straps and you can choose between a dark brown and a lighter brown color for the strap.
The most affordable IWC Vintage Aquatimer Automatic is the stainless steel model IW323101. It is attached to the wearer’s wrist with a black rubber strap and it comes with the price tag of $7,300.