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Although sharp eyed Watchuseekers will have already seen some unofficial pictures of the new IWC Aquatimer line-up for 2014 shown on the forum, it’s only as of January 1st that they can be officially shown. Any journalist displaying them prior to this time is liable to get the dreaded knock at the door at 2 am. These new models will be on display at SIHH in 2014 later this month. There are two new chronographs as well as a series of limited edition models.


The limited edition Charles Darwin, Galapagos Islands and Bronze Aquatimer watches come with a different dial than the standard steel version of the watch. All models of the Aquatimer come with a second crown, which is a locking mechanism for the dive bezel.

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For the first time ever, a model from the IWC diver’s watch line is equipped with a perpetual calendar, a genuinely haute horlogerie complication. The Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379401) runs on the IWC-manufactured 89801 calibre with perpetual calendar and large digital display for the date and month.

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The Galapagos Islands edition is an all-black watch with a depiction of the Galapagos Islands’ giant tortoise, on the back and is part of IWC’s Novelties collection. The watch is powered by IWC’s mechanical, self-winding movement with a power reserve of 44 hours. There’s also a small hacking seconds dial, a day and date display, a screw-in crown, mechanical rotating external bezel, and luminescent hands, dial and external bezel, a sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides, as well as IWC’s new quick-change bracelet system.

The idea was adapted from sister-brand Cartier, and enables the owner to swap watch straps without the use of any tools, making the watch ideal for diving, or merely ducking and diving. The watch is water resistant to 400 feet.


IWC Schaffhausen has pledged itself to be ecologically responsible and pursue a corporate strategy based firmly on sustainability. The manufacture wants to help preserve the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. It therefore supports and sponsors the Charles Darwin Foundation and its research organisation, which adopts a scientific approach to the challenges on the Galapagos.

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IWC brings the same commitment to the Cousteau Society, which dedicates itself to continuing the research work of Jacques Cousteau (1910–1997) and the preservation of the world’s seas. With his unique photography and film work depicting the rich diversity of marine life, the French deep-sea diver brought “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”, as his most popular TV series was known, to the homes of millions of people worldwide. A passionate engineer, inventor, researcher and film-maker, he heightened awareness of the need to protect the blue planet as no one else has done.

Visit the IWC Schaffhausen website
 

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I like this one... inspired by one of the most beautiful dive watch ever, the 1967 IWC1812
And most of all it looks better made than that ridiculous reissue IWC3231 (but good looking though)
Me too. These new Aquatimers are stunning. Might have to re think this years big purchase.
 
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I like this one... inspired by one of the most beautiful dive watch ever, the 1967 IWC1812
And most of all it looks better made than that ridiculous reissue IWC3231 (but good looking though)
I don't own one, but I think the 3231 is awfully good-looking (and closer to the original than the one above). To each their own, but looks are not a complaint I would expect to see with the 3231. The display back or lower water resistance than the original, that I could get.
 

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I don't own one, but I think the 3231 is awfully good-looking
That's what I was thinking on my way to the AD, ready to pull the trigger.. but it's not true (so no trigger)
In fact a Longines Legend Diver case and cristal are closer to the IWC1812 than 3231.
3231 case looks like others 2000 aquatimer cases (thick and "square", not rounded) and lacks the distinguished and refined features of the 1812.
Moreover I got a bad feeling with the crowns of the 3231... one can be screwed down and not the other, it's weird
 

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I believe most of these will be on the larger side, but the most basic automatic should be 42mm, which is something I would definitely consider. I love the external/internal ratcheting bezel system (and have ever since I saw it on an Eterna Kontiki Sports watch many years ago).
 

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The Galapagos Islands edition is an all-black watch with a depiction of the Galapagos Islands’ giant tortoise, on the back and is part of IWC’s Novelties collection.
Uh, that's actually an iguana but a cool watch indeed....RB....
 

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That's what I was thinking on my way to the AD, ready to pull the trigger.. but it's not true (so no trigger) In fact a Longines Legend Diver case and cristal are closer to the IWC1812 than 3231. 3231 case looks like others 2000 aquatimer cases (thick and "square", not rounded) and lacks the distinguished and refined features of the 1812. Moreover I got a bad feeling with the crowns of the 3231... one can be screwed down and not the other, it's weird
Ah, thanks for providing the explanation. That clears it up for me and is good firsthand insight (I haven't seen it in the flesh). Cheers!
 

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Look great. Can't wait for these to come to market so the price will drop on the current version and I can buy one!
 

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I was sooo close to getting the aquatimer last year and I can say now that I am glad I did not pull through on the purchase.
I definitely like these better.
 

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The smaller size is def more inviting at least for me, I still feel the old sapphire bezel insert one is more exciting while this new generation of AT is more subtle.(and reminding me very much so of the old Ti AT)

Kind of remind me of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer line as well.
 

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The smaller size is def more inviting at least for me, I still feel the old sapphire bezel insert one is more exciting while this new generation of AT is more subtle.....
Agreed, my biggest concern with the new line is the size of the standard three-hand model. 44mm was definitely pushing it (hence I don't yet have one), I'm not sure I can go towards a 45mm one
 

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Love the new aquatimers...the current design does absolutely nothing for me, but these are a very nice combination of the vintage IWC diver design with modern aesthetics. The bronze and PVD models look like definite winners. I just picked up one of the new AMG ceramic Ingenieurs, and absolutely love that watch - I like the direction of IWC's new watches.

Does anyone know when these will start landing at AD's?
 

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Does anyone know when these will start landing at AD's?
yes. they're definite Winners
usually with IWC (unlike Panerai) , when a New Model is introduced it's only a Matter of a few Months before we start seeing them at the Boutiques or AD's.
 
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