IWC Aquatimer

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Robust, reliable and timeless. These three attributes are probably the best way to describe the IWC Aquatimersince its inception. In the 1960s, the age of explorers and discoverers, the first IWC Aquatimer was introduced as an instrument for ocean exploration. Compared to other diving watches, however, the Aquatimer possessed two special features: Its water resistance was suitable for depths of up to 200 meters, and instead of a classic external rotating bezel for divers, the IWC Aquatimer reference 812AD had an internal bezel located under the crystal that could be adjusted via a second crown. This unusual solution for displaying the diving time is surprising: It has the advantage that it cannot be adjusted unintentionally, thus endangering the diver's survival. Water resistance is guaranteed by a technically sophisticated patented mechanism of IWC. The Aquatimer model series is also an impressive demonstration of IWC's innovative strength. IWC's diving watches, for example, were the first to use titanium as the case material for a wristwatch.

Developed in collaboration with Porsche Design in 1980, the Ocean 2000 was water-resistant to an impressive 2000m, despite its slim and timeless proportions. Then as now, a technical sensation. And so it is not surprising that IWC's diving watches have also been appreciated as reliable companions by professional divers such as the combat swimmers of the German Navy. In 1999, in the GST Aquatimer Deep One, IWC showed for the first time a mechanical depth gauge in a wristwatch that enabled divers to reliably measure depths of up to 45 meters. IWC's innovative spirit is also evident in the current Aquatimer models, although the kinship with the original Aquatimer Ref. 812AD has never been lost.

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