Perpetuelle presents the new 2014 IWC Aquatimer collection. Click any image below to see full details, images and more on each watch.
The Evolution: A Decade of IWC Aquatimers
The new IWC Aquatimer Automatic (IW 3290-03)
As you know from my last two articles (2014 IWC Aquatimer preview, SIHH 2014: IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (IW358002)), after only a few years after the IWC Aquatimer collection is again getting a facelift and then some. From a mechanical innovation standpoint there is, most notably, the new IWC SafeDive system with the outer/internal dive bezel system).
The most conspicuous technical modification on the new Aquatimers is the external/internal rotating bezel. The IWC SafeDive system which is actually an external/internal rotating bezel system. It brings the advantages of an internal rotating bezel – protects against external abrasion, dirt, seawater, and so on — with the ease of use of an external rotating bezel. The system is “counterclockwise rotation” only, too (something rarely seen in internal bezels). A sliding system connects the two rings by the rotation of the external bezel being transmitted to the inside of the case and the internal bezel.
IWC last overhauled the Aquatimer collection in 2009. At the time it was a fairly extensive refresh of the line, taking case sizes at 44mm and going from an internal to an external rotating bezel with sapphire inserts. The 2014 collection represents a further evolution of the line, giving both the production and the limited edition models a cleaner look and more subtle colors. There is also a new IWC quick-change strap system — take straps on/off at the push of a button.
For 2014, the Aquatimer Automatic now has a 42mm case, the smallest member of the family. It will be offered in stainless steel case with four references: IW329001 / IW329002 / IW329003 / IW329004. It is a basic 3-handed watch, with a black or silver-plated dial, complemented by a matching black rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet. The Aquatimer Chronograph is also offered in four references for 2014, all stainless steel case: IW376801 / IW376802 / IW376803 / IW376804, with a black or silver-plated dial. The new Aquatimers will again use two colors of Superluminova, with blue for time display and green for dive times.
Now, let’s turn to what I consider to be the “special edition” models. The 50 piece limited edition IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379401) (udpate: see it here) is the first IWC diver’s watch equipped with a perpetual calendar. At 49mm, it is also the second-largest wristwatch in IWC’s history, after the Big Pilot’s Watch of 1940.
Following in the footsteps of the GST Deep One of 1999 and the Aquatimer Deep Two of 2009, the IWC Aquatimer Deep Three in titanium (Ref. IW355701) is the third generation of IWC’s diver’s watches to feature a mechanical depth gauge.
Then there is the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (Ref. IW358002) as I previewed for you a few days ago. And also the Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Last but not least are 1) the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” (Ref. IW379504), limited to 500 pieces and honoring the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Research Station, 2) the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” (Ref. IW379502), likewise an expression of IWC’s commitment to the threatened archipelago. Both watches are powered by an IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and have a black rubber coating. And 3) the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” (Ref. IW379503), again a Galapagos-related watch. The Charles Darwin is an exciting watch in that it uses a bronze watch case, another IWC first.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” (Ref. IW379502)
rubber clad case
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” (Ref. IW379503)
bronze case (IWC first)
Click the links above for my more detailed reports on all of these watches.