True to the original diving icon, this 35th anniversary special edition release is equally avant-garde in design and extremely pressure-resistant.
The IWC Aquatimer Ocean has been one of the premier diving watches of the last few decades. Released in 1982, the watch was deigned by Ferdinand A. Porsche. Yes, that’s the same man who brought us one of the most iconic and beautifully designed sports cars in history: the Porsche 911.
Much like with the car, the progressively designed and functional diver’s watch was years ahead of its time. To celebrate that accomplishment, and the model’s 35th birthday, IWC has just released a special limited edition of this style icon.
As a tribute watch, the new version evokes many design elements of the original. Those include the black dial, luminescent hands, and of course the bold red tip on the second hand.
The 42mm case also sports the same recessed grips on the bezel that were found on the original model from 1982. The bezel is outfitted with the SafeDive system designed to prevent inadvertent changes of the dive time, now common to all Aquatimer models.
This is one of the thinner diving watches around - especially when considering its performance - with a case height of just 14.5mm. It is also one of the most robust. The watch can be relied on during dives of up to 2000 metres, making it the thinnest deep-sea diver’s watch in the Aquatimer collection.
This feat of engineering was made possible thanks to the improved shape of the titanium case, which ensures that A30120 calibre automatic movement is safe and secure. As for the movement itself, it brings 42 hours of power reserve and beats a high rate of 4hz.
Very much true to the original, this sporty re-issue of the IWC Aquatimer Ocean 2000 for its 35th birthday is versatile for both the high seas and summer nights out. But of course, this watch is most comfortable underwater - deep under, that is.