The diver’s watch from Schaffhausen has changed to a new shape-and it has reached its peak. It can be said that the Aquatimer 2000 automatic watch is still the ‘nec plus aqua’ of the marine timepiece series. Withstands pressures up to 200 bar. When Schaffhausen IWC first introduced the Aquatimer in 1967, its water resistance of 20 bar caused a sensation. Diving was still an emerging sport at that time, and the name of the marine timepiece has become the code name for diving. In this regard, this is still the case today.
Scuba equipment to stay in the water is a time-limited adventure. To dive safely, certain rules must be strictly followed. Slightly rewrite the old proverb: time is not money, life or health is. Reassuringly, there are now portable computers for diving that free divers from having to calculate depth and dive time, or even decompression time. The only thing indispensable is a reliable diver’s watch as a backup!
The diver’s watch from Schaffhausen is based on the new Aquatimer 2000 automatic watch, which has changed to a new shape and reached its peak. This not only refers to its ability to withstand pressures up to 200 bar, but also to its 44 mm enlarged case diameter. Because in the water, the larger size means clearer reading. The newly developed rotating diving outer ring replaces the previous inner ring and is the main feature of the new face of the 2010 Aquatimer series.
Both designs have their reasons. IWC has extensive experience in manufacturing watch cases and has accumulated a lot of expertise in both areas in the past. Now, for added functionality, it has chosen to change this important component of the diver’s watch from the outside. This evolution depends on new materials. Among all relevant considerations, function is the highest priority: the rotating outer ring must be easy to operate in the water, and it can be manipulated easily even with gloves-of course, for safety, it can only be turned in the opposite direction-and it can display for one minute Depth of infiltration. It has also made a significant improvement in reading diving time, and can read the time recorded by the watch even under extremely poor lighting conditions.
IWC’s engineers came up with a convincing design: a rotating diving outer ring with ‘backlight’. The multi-function outer ring is a 4mm wide sapphire glass ring with a printed and coated Super-LumiNova® luminous coating on the bottom, making it particularly suitable for night diving.
The minute hand, which echoes the triangle on the rotating outer ring, is specially painted to avoid confusion. The Aquatimer 2000 automatic watch has two dials: black, the first 15-minute quarter-turn outer ring is bright yellow, the yellow minute hand and the yellow central second hand end. This color combination makes it clear at a glance how it relates to the marine timepiece series. Bright yellow has its important function-it is filtered out very deep in the water. The second Aquatimer 2000 automatic watch has a white dial with a quarter-turn outer ring in white, orange numbers, and the ends of the hour and second hands are orange. The series name ‘Aquatimer’ also appeared for the first time in a small font on the dial.
From a technical point of view, the new Aquatimer 2000 automatic watch-like its predecessor-is equipped with the reliable 30110 automatic movement. The watch has a date display, which can be pulled out (normal operation is screwed in) to stop the second hand for adjustment.
Both watches have bracelets and straps to choose from: the practical and robust IWC stainless steel bracelet system, or the black rubber strap with pin buckle. The new Aquatimer series also uses an innovative quick-change system for the bracelet: the lock on the inside of the bracelet or the strap can be opened by pressing with your finger, so that the bracelet or strap can be replaced in seconds. The same method can be used to match the buckle type extension strap to easily wear the watch outside the wetsuit.