IWC Schaffhausen has had close connections with diving since the 1960s. In 1967, the sport’s growing popularity prompted the company to introduce the first Aquatimer. It was pressure-resistant to 20 bar and featured an internal rotating bezel to display dive time. In 1982, the first diver’s watch in titanium, pressure-resistant to 200 bar with an external rotating bezel, created a sensation: the Ocean 2000. In 1997, IWC rolled out the GST sports watch line, which rapidly became synonymous with ruggedness combined with suitability for everyday use. The inventive ethos of IWC’s engineers led to the GST Deep One in 1999. This striking diver’s watch in a titanium case was the first IWC watch to feature a mechanical depth gauge.
The Modern IWC Aquatimer Watches
The 2014 Aquatimer collection has a more discreet look with more subdued colours than the previous generation. After all, IWC diver’s watches are no longer reserved exclusively for underwater use but are often found in expeditions on terra firma, at festive occasions or even in the office. The watches are also more functional and safer, and even more Aquatimer models are now fitted with IWC-manufactured movements alongside collaborations with conservation projects around the globe in line with IWC’s commitment to sustainability.