IWC have been making the Aquatimer model since 1967. This is still considered one of the great divers watches out on the luxury watch market today.
For this SIHH 2014, IWCannounced the birth of a new Aquatimer Family. We see IWC inject innovation, complication and technical functionality, whereby bronze makes its official debut on the new limited edition Expedition Charles Darwin (Ref. IW379503), a perpetual calendar complication is released in the form of a digital display with an in-house manufactured movement into a 49 mm case (Ref. IW379401), following up the release of their deepest dive watches in their collection of the Deep one in 1999 and Deep two in 2009, we see the new Deep three this SIHH 2014 (Ref. IW355701). To follow up a similar design first pioneered by F.A Porsche in 1982 with the Ocean 2000, IWC create an extreme divers watch with minimalist design in titanium called the the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (Ref. IW358002). The other two models that complete the new IWC Aquatimer family collection are the The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” (Ref. IW379504), limited to 500 watches, IWC honours the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific institution set up by the Charles Darwin Foundation.
The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” (Ref. IW379502), which comes with identical technology, has been an expression of IWC’s commitment to the threatened archipelago. Both watches are powered by an IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and have an attractive black rubber coating.
Presently, we have only seen pics of three of the six models released at this SIHH 2014 which are the Aquatimer Automatic 2000(Ref. IW358002), The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands (Ref. IW379502) and the IWC Aquatimer Bronze Expedition Charles Darwin (Ref. IW379503).
So far, this is a very impressive preview of what we can expect from the IWC Aquatimer family and the most subtle but important technical modification in the new Aquatimer generation is the innovative external/internal rotating bezel complete with IWC SafeDive system. The mechanism integrates the functionality of an internal rotating bezel, which engages precisely in steps of one minute and protects the mechanism against dirt and seawater, with the ease of use of an external rotating bezel that can be moved simply by a diver wearing gloves or with cold fingers. A sliding clutch system connects the two rings by the rota- tion of the external bezel being transmitted to the inside of the case and the internal bezel. For safety reasons, the internal bezel only moves anticlockwise. This ensures that, even if a diver were to move the bezel accidentally, zero hour the time at which he can return safely to the surface without the need for decompression stops would not be exceeded. The Super-LumiNova coating for the dive time scale on the internal bezel guarantees excellent legibility at all times, no matter how poor the visibility. The two colours, which glow in the dark, are also an aid to orientation on the dial: green for displays relevant to dive time, blue for the hour display.