Ferdinand A. Porsche designed the Aquatimer Ocean 2000 for Iwc Watches Jacques Cousteau 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.
This isn’t the first time that Watches of Switzerland has teamed up with IWC to produce a particular limited edition watch. They did the exact same to their 10th anniversary also, which culminated from the Watches of Switzerland Limited Edition Portuguese Chronograph. It had been popular as a result of its distinctive chocolate brown dial, and it helped that it had been exclusive to Watches of Switzerland with only 25 bits produced.They wanted something similar for their 20th anniversary, and they worked with IWC to create the model you see here. 3777. Case dimensions are identical, so it comes in an 43mm stainless steel case that measures 15mm thick. Prominent pushers and crown aid make operation simple. Water resistance can be unchanged at 60m. What has changed, however, is your dial. In place of the hands and markings onto the ref. Together with a vintage-looking brown Santoni leather strap, this offers the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph watch an aged look that so many watch lovers and collectors appear to enjoy nowadays.
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
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.