By TLex Introducing the new IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Ref. IW358002, which forms part of IWC's 2014 Aquatimer family! This is IWC's fist comprehensive re-launch since 2009. Although altered, the Aquatimer DNA is still recognizable.
IWC have not only elevated the family's pedigree with Manufatcure movements, but have given much thought to the new design which elegantly blends the DNA of a couple of legendary dive watches from the past!
The dial clearly recalls the first Aquatimer of 1967, but the overall aesthetic whilst elegant has a new chunkiness to it making it (for me) the most desirable Aquatimer to date. The bezel with its recessed grip was inspired by the legendary Porsche Design, Ocean 2000.
The 2014 Aquatimer 2000 also makes a welcomed return to Titanium with its 2000 meter / 200 bar water-resistant case, also reminiscent of the iconic Ocean 2000, created by Ferdinand A. Porsche in 1982.
The most obvious technical change comes from the new Aquatimer generation's innovative external/internal rotating divers bezel with its IWC 'SafeDive' system combing the benefits of a 60-click internal bezel safeguarding the mechanism from dirt and seawater with the ergonomics of an external rotational bezel that can be easily manipulated with a divers gloves.
The new Aquatimer 2000 also features a rugged IWC-manufactured 80110 caliber with Pellaton winding system; first developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s by IWC's technical director (at the time), Albert Pellaton. It differs from other rotor designs as it is mounted on a sprung plate, which forms a kind of shock resistance making it ideal for a divers model.
The is the most comprehensive Aquatimer collection to date. It includes these new models:
Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month IW379401
Aquatimer Deep Three in titanium IW355701
Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Ref. IW358002
Aquatimer Chrono Edition 50 Yrs Science for Galapagos IW379504
Aquatimer Chrono Edition Galapagos Islands IW379502
Aquatimer Chrono Edition Expedition Charles Darwin IW379503
Aquatimer Chrono Edition Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau IW376805
Aquatimer Chrono steel IW376801/IW376802/IW376803/IW376804
Aquatimer Automatic steel IW329001/IW329002/IW329003/IW329004