The IWC’s relation with scuba diving goes back to the 1967. That was a time when the growing popularity of this sport prompted the watchmaker from Schaffhausen to launch the first Aquatimer watch.
This very first IWC’s diver’s timepiece from the 1960s features an internal rotating bezel that showed dive time and it provided water resistance to at least 200 meters (660 feet). Another revolutionary step was made in 1982 when the company launched the titanium diver’s watch which was pressure-resistant to outstanding 2,000 meters (6,600 feet). This sensational timekeeper was equipped with an external rotating bezel. In 1997, IWC launched the very popular GST sports line and two years later, the company unveiled the striking GST Deep One which was the company’s first timepiece with a mechanical depth gauge. Today’s Aquatimer Deep Two is its worthy inheritor.
In 2009, the year of Aquatimer, aficionados of this watch family met the new Aquatimer generation. The most eye-catching modification was the external rotating bezel with its inset sapphire glass applied to the underside with a thick coating of Super-Luminova which guarantees that the dive time can be read off in all kinds of lighting conditions, including night dives. It was the same year when IWC launched its first diver’s watch in a case made of precious metal (18-karat red gold), as well as Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands timepiece which is aimed to raise public awareness about the fragile habitat of these Islands and to promote ecologically sound behavior.