(Part four of a four part series on luxury diver watches)
IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Collection established the watchmaker’s focus on diver’s watches for 2014 which was introduced in its re-engineered design of the Aquatimer Deep Three revealing dual mechanical depth gauges.
IWC Aquatimer Deep Three impressive design beckons divers to explore the watery depths wearing the largest watch ever produced in the Aquatimer collection. IWC’s re-mastered design of Aquatimer Deep Three builds upon previous versions of Aquatimer Deep One and Deep Two with a re-engineered mechanical addition of two depth gauges.
IWC presented the second redesign of the Aquatimer Deep Two in 2009, which spring boarded from the original design of Aquatimer Deep One watch presented in 1999. IWC engineered the Aquatimer Deep watches to specifically appeal to professional divers wanting a diving instrument that would work in conjuction as a mechanical support the event the dive computer system malfunctioned.
Deep Three’s developed pressure metering system functionality is impressive as it is powerful. Two mechanical depth gauges (one red, the other blue), glide along a depth scale located on the left side of the watch’s dial. A mechanical pressure metering system inside of the case, allows water to enter thru miniature holes in the cover of the pressure converter creating water pressure which acts on a spring membrane that pushes a shaft towards the interior of the watch case. A system of levers are enacted moving the gauge’s of the two indicators. The blue depth gauge indicates the current dive depth whereas the red depth gauge or maximum depth indicator indicates the overall depth achieved on a given dive up to 50 meters. (The maximum depth gauge can be reset by merely pressing a push-button next to the pressure converter.)
Aquatimer Deep Three dial show cases with a generous 46 mm titanium case which is 16.5 mm thick. Yes, this watch is exceptionally large, however that is the whole point of this professional diving instrument. Deep Three’s dial, internal bezel and hour/minute hands have luminescent treatments making it readable in the dark. It also has an external/internal rotating bezel and houses the automatic mechanical IWC caliber 30120 movement. It is available with a black rubber strap and an optional stainless steel bracelet.
Aquatimer Deep Three retails for $19,100 and is by far one of IWC’s most spectacular timepieces.
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