Ferdinand A. Porsche designed the Aquatimer Ocean 2000 for IWC Schaffhausen back in 1982. With its avant-garde design, this extremely pressure-resistant diver’s watch was years ahead of its time. In celebration of the 35th birthday of this style icon, IWC is now releasing a 350-piece limited edition with a thickness of just 14.5 millimetres.
The Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition “35 Years Ocean 2000” (Ref. IW329101) is the thinnest deep-sea diver’s watch in IWC’s collection. Despite the minimal case height, it functions reliably on dives of up to 2,000 metres (200 bars) – thanks to the new, improved shape of the titanium case.
The black dial, the white hands and indices coated with luminescent paint and the red tip of the seconds hand are inspired by the Ocean 2000 as well as the recessed grips on the rotating bezel and the lamellar-style rubber strap. A diver’s helmet for deep-sea divers is engraved on the back of the watch.
Automatic 2000 Edition « 35 Years Ocean 2000 » © IWC
The observe is powered by a mechanical chronograph motion with split-seconds hand for intermediate timing in the 2nd event. The 40.9mm iwc mark xviii is often a hand-wound piece that gives 44 hrs of power reserve. It really is water resistant to 3 bar. To operate the timing of two events together with the exact same begin time but distinct ending occasions, one particular pushes the button at 2:00 to begin the chronograph and get started the movement o the 2 stopwatch hands (mounted on leading of each other). When the 1st event ends, the wearer pushes the button at ten:00, stopping the upper hand, but permitting the decrease hand to carry on its timing. Once the second occasion ends, the wearer hits the button at two:00 again to cease that second hand. To deliver the 2 hands collectively again, 1 activates the Rattrapante pushbutton at 10:00 a second time. As pointed out, the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Canada watch, which retails for 14,300 Canadian bucks, is only offered at the IWC Toronto boutique.
When diving with compressed air, divers must always keep an eye on the time to make sure they don’t put themselves in danger by returning to the surface too quickly. On the Aquatimer watches from IWC, the dive time can be set using the rotating bezel for extra safety. The innovative SafeDive system ensures that the bezel can only be adjusted by turning it anticlockwise. So even if the bezel is accidentally moved, zero hour – the time at which the diver can return to the surface without the need for decompression stops – is never exceeded.
The automatic movement Calibre 30120 powers the hour-minute-second and date functions of the watch, and offers a 42-hour power reserve.
The rubber strap on this Aquatimer model can easily be replaced with another strap thanks to the quick-change system.