IWC unveiled its sixth special edition timepiece which bears the name of the famous French underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The new Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” sports all important features of a diver’s wristwatch created for expedition use.
This special edition model boasts a striking blue dial and has a portrait of the famed oceanographer on its case back. Besides that, it has the same characteristics like other Aquatimer Chronograph Special Edition Watches. It is housed in a round stainless steel case which measures 44mm in diameter and 17mm in thickness. It is equipped with the IWC manufactured caliber 79320 mechanical movement, as well as with a mechanical external/internal rotating bezel with the IWC SafeDive system. The 25 jewels movement can store enough power to keep the watch ticking for up to 44 hours.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” (ref. IW376805) is water resistant up to 300 meters (1,000 feet), which makes it a perfect companion for underwater adventures. A see-blue dial is protected with convex, sapphire glass with antireflective coating. The eye-catching dial provides perfect legibility thanks to luminescent material which has been applied on hands, dial appliqués and an internal rotating bezel.
Furthermore, to eliminate any confusion, the relevant hands and indexes glow in different colors: green for dive display and blue for the hour display, while the small seconds hand glows coral red to show that the watch is functioning normally. There is also a small coral-red seconds hand in the counter located at the 9 o’clock position which denotes Cousteau’s passion for coral reefs.
As a chronograph, this special edition timepiece records stop and aggregate times up to 12 hours. Besides chronograph function, the watch provides day and date functionality. A day and date windows are situated at the 3 o’clock position.
This beautiful watch that honors one of the great pioneers of the deep comes with a black rubber strap. Like all new Aquatimer models, it is tooled with IWC bracelet quick-change system.
Mr. Cousteau undertook an expedition to the remote islands in the Pacific, 33 years ago. That was when he succeeded not only in capturing sensational underwater footage of the Galapagos marine iguanas, but also when he learned much about the mysteries of their way of life. The new IWS special edition watch perfectly celebrates this historic trip. IWC has been a partner of the Cousteau Society since 2004.