IWC Schaffhausen drops the thinnest edition of its Aquatimer
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If you like to imagine you're Bond going on an underwater mission to infiltrate the villain's lair when you slip into your wetsuit, you're going to need an equally spiffy dive watch to go along with that scenario. Enter the IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Automatic 2000, upgraded to the "35 Years Ocean 2000" special edition — the anniversary tribute to 35 years of diver watch legacy where style meets substance.
First launched in 1982 and designed by Ferdinand A. Porsche (yes, of the supercar Porsches), the IWC Aquatimer was the considered the avant-garde grandfather of diving timepieces. And in keeping with its design codes, the limited edition re-issue rocks another haute horlogerie edge by coming in as the thinnest deep-sea diver watch in the IWC family. Measuring only 14.5mm in thickness and improved with a new, re-shaped case wrought in titanium —lightweight plus extremely resilient, check and check — it's capable of reaching depths of up to 2,000 metres. Other features reminiscent of the original Aquatimer includes the black dial contrasted with white hands and indices, as well as a red-tipped seconds pointer. The rotating bezel also sports distinctive recessed grips, and a lamellar-style rubber strap completes the overall sleek, athleisure appearance.
Of course, looking sharp is dandy and all but as suave as Bond undoubtedly is, even the super spy can't outsmart diving pressure changes. That's where the IWC Safedive System kicks in, an essential function that provides extra safety by denoting decompression stops. Dive times can be set using the rotating bezel, with the protection system locking the bezel against being turned anti-clockwise by accident, which means you'll be going under with a peace of mind. And that's three for three: Security, style and spy gadget worthy.
The Aquatimer special edition is available in IWC Schaffhausen boutiques and authorised retailers, limited to 350 pieces.