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IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000
AU$ 3,884
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Private seller
AU
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
TOP
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
AU$ 6,228
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Private seller
AU
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Steel (IW376802)
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Steel (IW376802)
AU$ 7,366
Seller
Putnam Timepieces
 
US
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Chronograph Mens Watch IW3767
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Chronograph Mens Watch IW3767
AU$ 6,250
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Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
AU$ 6,766
Seller
Time Aspect
 
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph La Cumbre Volcano Ref. IW379505
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph La Cumbre Volcano Ref. IW379505
AU$ 15,877
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
221
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph  371918 Automatic Titanium black dial
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph 371918 Automatic Titanium black dial
AU$ 4,247
Seller
Dolce Time
 
IT
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
AU$ 24,768
Seller
Fabel GmbH
153
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles...
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles...
AU$ 12,036
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2187
IT
IWC - Aquatimer - Men
Auction
IWC - Aquatimer - Men
AU$ 3,540
Estimated price
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Catawiki BV
 
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Automatic Ltd Edition“SHARKS”IW379506
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Automatic Ltd Edition“SHARKS”IW379506
AU$ 14,618
Free shipping
Seller
ChronoEdge
68
UK
IWC Men's IW358002 Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Watch
IWC Men's IW358002 Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Watch
AU$ 11,693
Seller
Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
603
CH
IWC Aquatimer Bronze Black Automatic IW379503
IWC Aquatimer Bronze Black Automatic IW379503
AU$ 10,673
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
18
HK
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Cousteau Divers Stainless
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Cousteau Divers Stainless
AU$ 6,452
Seller
Time Aspect
 
DE
IWC Aquatimer 44 Automatic Expedition Charles Darwin Bronze
IWC Aquatimer 44 Automatic Expedition Charles Darwin Bronze
AU$ 12,982
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
440
NL
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph 44mm Silver Dial Black Rubber NEW
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph 44mm Silver Dial Black Rubber NEW
AU$ 8,009
Seller
Timepiece Bank
230
BE
IWC Aquatimer
IWC Aquatimer
AU$ 8,678
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Silver Dial Black Rubber IW376801 T
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Silver Dial Black Rubber IW376801 T
AU$ 7,756
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2187
IT
IWC AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “LA CUMBRE VOLCANO” Ref....
IWC AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “LA CUMBRE VOLCANO” Ref....
AU$ 12,094
Free shipping
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WINGOO WATCHES
259
IT
IWC Aquatimer
IWC Aquatimer
AU$ 7,396
Seller
Fabel GmbH
153
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Black Automatic - Iw376803
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Black Automatic - Iw376803
AU$ 7,585
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
68
IT
IWC Aquatimer Stainless Steel Black Automatic IW379502
IWC Aquatimer Stainless Steel Black Automatic IW379502
AU$ 9,962
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
18
HK
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
AU$ 5,980
Seller
Time Aspect
 
DE
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Edition “expedition Jacques Yves...
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Edition “expedition Jacques Yves...
AU$ 5,964
Seller
Mall of the Watch
407
MC
IWC Aquatimer Automatic IW329001 42mm Black dial NEW
IWC Aquatimer Automatic IW329001 42mm Black dial NEW
AU$ 6,278
Seller
Timepiece Bank
230
BE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376804
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376804
AU$ 9,378
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
221
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Steel Black Dial  IW376804 T
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Steel Black Dial IW376804 T
AU$ 9,078
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2187
IT
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Ref. IW376803
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Ref. IW376803
AU$ 7,709
Free shipping
Seller
WINGOO WATCHES
259
IT
IWC Aquatimer Automatic  2000 Limited Edition
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Limited Edition
AU$ 9,788
Seller
Fabel GmbH
153
DE
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Steel 42 Mm - Iw329002
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Steel 42 Mm - Iw329002
AU$ 6,766
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
68
IT
IWC Aquatimer (16740)
IWC Aquatimer (16740)
AU$ 4,552
Seller
Chronostore
102
US
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph La Cumbre Volcano Edition Black
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph La Cumbre Volcano Edition Black
AU$ 13,100
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
440
NL
IWC Men's IW376903 Aquatimer Chronograph Watch
IWC Men's IW376903 Aquatimer Chronograph Watch
AU$ 22,344
Seller
Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
603
CH
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
TOP
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
AU$ 3,918
Seller
Private seller
 
AT
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands IW376705
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands IW376705
AU$ 6,216
Seller
Filipucci Juweliers
303
NL
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
AU$ 18,744
Seller
WatchBox
53
US
IWC cousteau divers
IWC cousteau divers
AU$ 6,593
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
61
IT
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Charles Darwin
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Charles Darwin
AU$ 11,471
Seller
Fabel GmbH
153
DE
IWC IW379505  AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION "LA CUMBRE...
IWC IW379505 AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION "LA CUMBRE...
AU$ 10,665
Seller
K&S Watch & Jewellery
13
HK
IWC Automatic Aquatimer steel 42mm T
IWC Automatic Aquatimer steel 42mm T
AU$ 7,473
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2187
IT
IWC Schaffhausen  (7253)
IWC Schaffhausen (7253)
AU$ 6,695
Seller
Chronostore
102
US
IWC Aquatimer
IWC Aquatimer
AU$ 5,558
Seller
Tarrytown Jewelers
 
US
IWC Aquatimer Automatic IW329003 42mm Silver dial NEW
IWC Aquatimer Automatic IW329003 42mm Silver dial NEW
AU$ 6,278
Seller
Timepiece Bank
230
BE
IWC GST Aquatimer Steel BlackDial (B&P2007) 42mm MINT
IWC GST Aquatimer Steel BlackDial (B&P2007) 42mm MINT
AU$ 4,878
Seller
Boutique D'or
382
BE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “expedition Jacques Yves...
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “expedition Jacques Yves...
AU$ 7,474
Seller
Mall of the Watch
407
MC
IWC - Iwc Acquatimer Automatic Jacques-yves Cousteau - Iw329005
IWC - Iwc Acquatimer Automatic Jacques-yves Cousteau - Iw329005
AU$ 6,168
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
68
IT
IWC Aquatimer Automatic
IWC Aquatimer Automatic
AU$ 6,011
Seller
Fabel GmbH
153
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW3719-28
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW3719-28
AU$ 5,960
Free shipping
Seller
Govberg Jewelers
159
US
IWC AQUATIMER AUTOMATIC IW329005
IWC AQUATIMER AUTOMATIC IW329005
AU$ 6,419
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2187
IT
IWC Men's IW376801 Aquatimer Chronograph Watch
IWC Men's IW376801 Aquatimer Chronograph Watch
AU$ 8,239
Seller
Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
603
CH
IWC Aquatimer Galapagos
IWC Aquatimer Galapagos
AU$ 6,607
Seller
Uhrencenter Berlin
219
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376803
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376803
AU$ 8,135
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
221
DE
IWC 3719-2 Aquatimer Chronograph Titanium Automatic Mens Watch...
IWC 3719-2 Aquatimer Chronograph Titanium Automatic Mens Watch...
AU$ 4,681
Seller
Watch & Wares
 
US
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 – Iw358001
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 – Iw358001
AU$ 10,071
Seller
Mall of the Watch
407
MC
IWC Aquatimer 2000
IWC Aquatimer 2000
AU$ 10,228
Seller
CRESUS
FR
IWC Aquatimer Expedition Jacques Yves Cousteau
IWC Aquatimer Expedition Jacques Yves Cousteau
AU$ 7,537
Seller
Fabel GmbH
153
DE
IWC IW329002  Aquatimer Black Dial Stainless Steel (MEN)
IWC IW329002 Aquatimer Black Dial Stainless Steel (MEN)
AU$ 6,138
Seller
K&S Watch & Jewellery
13
HK
IWC AQUATIMER T
IWC AQUATIMER T
AU$ 7,394
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2187
IT
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000, Titanium, 46 Mm - Iw358001
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000, Titanium, 46 Mm - Iw358001
AU$ 10,637
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
68
IT
IWC Aquatimer 42 Automatic
IWC Aquatimer 42 Automatic
AU$ 4,719
Seller
Uhrencenter Berlin
219
DE

IWC Aquatimer: A Special Diving Watch

The Aquatimer is IWC's diving watch. The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer offers the Aquatimer with a titanium or bronze case as well as a mechanical depth gauge. The timepiece functions perfectly in depths up to 2,000 m.

Highlights

  • Innovative rotating bezel SafeDive system
  • Stainless steel, gold, titanium, and bronze cases
  • Waterproof to 2,000 m
  • Depth gauge (Deep Three model)
  • Chronographs featured in the series

The SafeDive System

You can immediately recognize watches from the Aquatimer series by the look of their rotatable bezel, one of their most important features. It has multiple large indentations to improve the grip; the standard Aquatimer Automatic has 10 of these indentations. In this respect, the bezel is different than that of important competitors with ridged bezels, such as the Rolex Submariner, Omega Seamaster, and Breitling Superocean. The ridges on the bezels of these diving watches fulfill the same purpose as the larger indentations on the Aquatimer's bezel, however, they create a different look and feel than those of the IWC.
IWC's bezel also functions a bit differently. The outer bezel is a bidirectional bezel. Technically, a full-fledged diving watch must have a unidirectional bezel that rotates counterclockwise. This way, divers can only accidentally shorten their dive time and not lengthen it. If the bezel was accidentally rotated right, then the diver risks using up all of their air too soon, as the watch would display an incorrect dive time. However, the Aquatimer doesn't pose that risk: The dive time is set via a second inner bezel, which is connected to the outer bezel in a clever way. The outer bezel can be freely rotated. However, it only causes the inner bezel to rotate when it's rotated left. When the outer bezel is rotated right, it doesn't affect the inner ring with its minute markers. IWC calls this system the IWC SafeDive System.
The standard Aquatimer model is the Aquatimer Automatic, which comes with a black or white dial. Its stainless steel case has a diameter of 42 mm, a thickness of 14 mm, and is waterproof to 300 m (30 bar). It's powered by the caliber 30120, which is based on the ETA 2892-A2. So, although the Aquatimer Automatic doesn't have an in-house caliber, the 2892-A2 does have a very good reputation amongst professionals. The ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse is the largest ébauche manufacturer worldwide. The IWC 30120 runs at 28,800 alternations per hour and has a 42-hour power reserve.

Waterproof to 2,000 m

The Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is the high-performance watch in the series when it comes to depth. It's waterproof to 2,000 m, which is equal to a pressure of 200 bar. Even professional divers don't dive that deep; usually, they don't go deeper than 200 m, and recreational divers rarely ever reach 40 m.
Thus, the Aquatimer 2000 is primed for almost every underwater assignment. It doesn't, however, have a helium escape valve like Rolex's Sea Dweller models and some Omega Seamasters. However, helium escape valves are only necessary when professionals perform a special type of diving called saturation diving. In certain pressurized environments, divers breathe a special gas mix with a high proportion of helium for days, sometimes even weeks, at a time. The helium in this special mix can find its way into a watch. During the decompression process, the gas remains trapped in the watch and can damage it. Usually, the glass pops out. To avoid this, a helium escape value equalizes pressure. However, since this problem won't ever affect more than 99% of all people wearing diving watches, it's mostly just a fancy extra. There's no disadvantage to IWC having foregone a helium escape valve on the Aquatimer.

Mechanical Depth Gauge

The Aquatimer Deep Three has a feature that is much more useful than a helium escape valve: a depth gauge that functions to a maximum depth of 50 m. Here's how it works: Water pressure acts on a spring membrane through tiny holes in the pressure converter cover, where the depth gauge is located. This pushes a shaft towards the interior of the case, and the movement goes through a system of levers, shifting both gauge indicators. A blue hand indicates the current depth. The red hand serves as a marker for the dive's maximum depth. Pushing a button resets it to zero. The Deep Three is a large watch; its titanium case has a diameter of 46 mm. It is waterproof to 100 m, equal to a pressure of 10 bar.

Patina Cases

Another interesting version of the Aquatimer is the Expedition Charles Darwin model. It's named for the naturalist and evolutionary researcher Charles Darwin and his expeditions to the Galapagos Islands. This Aquatimer is a chronograph, a watch with an integrated stopwatch. It's powered by the in-house automatic caliber 89365 from the caliber family 89000, which is wound by the motion of the wearer's arm. Once fully wound, it has a power reserve of 68 hours. However, the real treat is the case made of bronze. The alloy is made mostly of copper, though some tin and aluminum is added. In the art world, bronze is often used for sculptures. Moreover, it's a coveted material for underwater use. Ship propellers are cast in bronze. Bronze Aquatimers develop a layer of patina that darkens over time - a characteristic trait of the alloy.

Buying Advice

Are you looking for a diving watch from a Swiss luxury brand that isn't Rolex? The Aquatimer is a great alternative, both visually and functionally, to more well-known watches like the Rolex Submariner and Omega Seamaster. This IWC watch is a bit of a hidden treasure.
You should be prepared to spend around 4,000 euros for a new stainless steel introductory model. The Aquatimer Chronograph is a bit more expensive, as is to be expected. New, it costs around 5,000 euros. The model meant for extreme depths, the Aquatimer 2000, costs 6,000 euros. Models with a gold case or the Deep Three (depth gauge and titanium case) cost over 12,000 euros.
The GST Aquatimer (reference number 3536), introduced in 1998, is a bit more affordable. This vintage watch in good condition costs around 4,000 euros. However, the vintage market for the Aquatimer is thinning, as IWC hasn't produced any diving watches under this name for around 20 years.

History of the Aquatimer

The Aquatimer is a latecomer amongst diving watches. IWC first premiered it in 1967. Rolex and Blancpain had already introduced the Submariner and Fifty Fathoms, respectively, in 1953. Omega and Breitling released their Seamaster 300 and Superocean, respectively, in 1957. Thus, the Schaffhausen-based company got into the diving watch scene comparatively late. However, they had an innovative rotating bezel system from the very beginning. The dive time scale wasn't located on a rotatable bezel, but rather behind glass on the edge of the dial. It could be turned via a second crown. The original Aquatimer can be identified by the reference number 812 AD, which was continued as 1812. Subsequent models have reference numbers 1816 and 1822. The waterproofness increased from 200 m (20 bar) to 300 m (30 bar) in later models.
When IWC began producing the Aquatimer in 1967, the company had already been in existence for 99 years. The American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones had founded the International Watch Company in 1868 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland He wanted to produce watches for cheap in Switzerland and then export them to the USA for profit. His business rapidly failed. In 1880, Johannes Rauschenbach took over the company. The Rauschenbach family lead the company for many decades and generations. After a few more management changes, the Richemont Group acquired IWC in 2000. The Swiss luxury goods concern also owns brands like Panerai and Cartier.