Here we have yet another high pressure-resistant timepiece created for both professional and ambitious amateur divers. The new Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (ref. IW358002) is a part of the new Aquatimer 2014 collection and it comes with water resistance of amazing 2,000 meters (6,600 feet).
IWC Aquatimer family of watches was presented in 1967 and soon became one of the most successful diving wristwatches ever. In 2014, IWC once again proved its leading position in this field with several exceptional diving timepieces which were introduced at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is a reminiscent of the iconic model the Ocean 2000 which was created by Ferdinand A. Porsche in 1982. The watch is housed in a round, titanium case equipped with the innovative external/internal rotating bezel system showing dive time controlled by a second crown at the 4 o’clock position. The internal rotating bezel can only be turned anticlockwise, thus ensuring that even if a diver moves the bezel accidentally, he does not exceed the time at which he can return safely to the surface without the need for decompression stops.
The advanced sliding clutch system which is concealed under the cover at the 9 o’clock position transmits the rotation of the external bezel to the interior of the case, as well as to the internal rotating bezel. The new look of the bezel adds in protecting the bezel from scratches, dirt and the saltwater. Furthermore, the casing ring and the crown are also made of titanium and coated with rubber. Its titanium case measures 46mm in diameter and 20.5mm in thickness and it is shielded with a convex sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides.
To improve legibility in deep darkness, the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer covered a dive time scale (inner ring) with Superluminova substance. Two-tone colors of the dial make an orientation even in the deepest dark. The pointers needed when the watch is submerged are accentuated in green, while the hour markings are in blue color.
This three-hander is powered with the IWC-manufactured caliber 80110 mechanical movement with Pellaton automatic winding system. The self-winding mechanism is compiled on 28 jewels, has a beating rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and provides the power reserve of decent 44 hours.
The case back of the new Aquatimer features the engraving which depicts a classic deep-sea diving helmet.
The new dive watch is attached to a black corrugated rubber strap which adjusts flexibly to fluctuations in the girth of the wrist. Furthermore, swapping the strap for a bracelet or vice versa has never been easier thanks to the IWC bracelet quick-change system. A longer strap version for use with a dry dive suit is included with the watch.