The Aquatimer collection by IWC is celebrating its 30th birthday with the launch of a new model that the brand decided to clothe in an all-black livery. To achieve this, it devoted five years of R&D to developing a new material more resistant than a DLC-treated metal, the solution generally used in the watch industry for black cases. Ceratanium®, a titanium alloy featuring a ceramic surface, boasts the combined advantages of the two materials in terms of lightness, sturdiness as well as resistance to scratching and corrosion.
The functions of the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer” are a fine match for its high-tech case. The flyback chronograph is combined with a digital perpetual calendar indicating the date and month with large numerals placed on either side of the hours and minutes counter. The disks are visible through the honeycomb grid that gives the dial a very technical look. The internal and external rotating bezels are a reminder that this imposing matt black 49mm timepiece belongs to the diver’s watch family
Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date- Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer”
Case : Ceratanium®, waterresistant to 100m, screw-lock crown, external and internal mechanical rotating bezels equipped with the IWC SafeDive system, cambered glareproofed sapphire crystal, sapphire back
Size : 49mm, 19.5mm thick
Movement : mechanical self-winding, Manufacture Caliber 89802, 28,800 vph, 68h power reserve
Functions : perpetual calendar, large double-digit display of the date and month, flyback chronograph, stop hours, minutes and seconds functions, small hacking seconds
Dial : black dial, black and red hands with luminescent elements
Strap : rubber, patented IWC interchangeable strap system
50-piece limited edition
Starting with the Iwc Watches Under 2000 Replica Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage, the new piece is fairly similar to previous major Pilot’s Watches with the exclusion of case material, which can be currently either bronze or titanium, and the inclusion of the very impressive IWC 52110 in-house manufacture standard. The normal major Pilot’s 51111 caliber features more stones at 42 but defeats in a considerably slower 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz). The 46.2millimeter instance, signature crown, and vintage inspired leather strap remain similar in fashion to previous Big Pilot’s. For those with more routine wrists and bank accounts, IWC have also generated the Mark XVIII at a special Heritage edition. The new IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Heritage keeps the aviation style dial and hands as well as the small 40mm case size from previous versions. New is the use of titanium as a case material which gives the piece a pragmatic texture in addition to a considerably lighter overall weight. The addition of IWC’s 35111 caliber also differentiates this new model from it’s forebears and while it isn’t a totally in-house grade like those from the Heritage Big Pilot’s, it’s still a capable 25-jewel movement based on the Sellita SW300 instead of the 21-jewel, ETA 2892 base movement found in the standard IWC Mark XVIII. A marginally less impressive caliber like the 35111 with a more approachable 42-hour power reserve also helps to keep the price somewhat reasonable.