IWC Aquatimer Watches from LSMwatch.com
The first Aquatimer watch was released by IWC in 1967 following the rise in popularity of scuba diving as both a professional and recreational endeavor. The first generation of the Aquatimer watch was designed to be a functional diving watch with an internal rotating bezel that displayed dive time and resistant of underwater pressure up to 200 meters. In 1982 IWC introduced the first diving watch made of titanium with the debut of the new Aquatimer watch which featured an external rotating bezel and an impressive pressure-resistance of up to 2000 meters. This model of the Aquatimer watch from IWC features a Helium Escapement Valve (HEV) to withstand the underwater pressures. The surface of the Aquatimer watch has been fashioned with a huge dial keeping in line with the divers’ watches from previous generations. These early models of the Aquatimer watch paved the way for the next generation of the watch which was released by IWC in 2009 with the reliability, precision, and refinement of the earliest models of the Aquatimer watch yet featured a number of technical improvements over its predecessors including the continually perfected external rotating steel bezel of the watch with inset sapphire glass and a thick coating of Super-LumiNova highlighting the watches steel hands and dial markers, allowing the dive time to be read in conditions with poor visibility and lighting. 2009 also saw the release of the first diver’s watch made of a precious metal, the Aquatimer Chronograph, featuring either stainless steel, 18K white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, steel, or platinum. The bezel has been designed in a conventional type with a rubber strap version and is also available in the steel bracelet version that can easily be changed out transforming the watch from a professional diving watch to an elegantly formal watch made for a night out on the town. The various models assimilated in the Aquatimer collection are generally fashioned with stylish and bold colors along the dial and feature automatic movements. The watch is cased in a 18K red gold, white gold, yellow gold, steel, or stainless steel case, making the Aquatimer Chronograph is the first diver timepiece in the IWC lineage to be made of a precious metal. Later models of the Aquatimer from IWC include the Aquatimer Deep Two Chronograph featuring an accurate mechanical depth gauge that specifies the dive depth in real time as well as the maximum depth reached up to 50 meters with a chronograph feature. The Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands is a special edition watch paying tribute to IWC’s commitment to sustainability. The company donates a substantial sum of the proceeds from this watch to the Charles Darwin Foundation, which works to preserve the magnificent Galapagos ecosystem. The timepiece is a masterpiece with high-end functions for a professional diver. For the adventure seekers and professional divers, the sleek and comfortable design of the Aquatimer Chronograph is the perfect choice. The style of the watch is complemented by its highly functional technical abilities.