The Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” Story
With its simple dial design and the quarter-hour scale on the internal rotating bezel, the smallest model in the diver’s watch family references the first Aquatimer released in 1967. The slim, chamfered shape of the external bezel with its gently rounded and recessed grips, on the other hand, was inspired by the legendary Porsche design of the Ocean 2000 of 1982. The colour of the inlaid luminescent material Super-LumiNova®* is easily legible in the dark or in adverse visibility conditions. The external/internal rotating bezel with the IWC SafeDive system combines ease of use with safety. The rotation of the external bezel is transmitted via a sliding clutch system to the internal rotating bezel with a triangular index and dive time scale. Pressure-resistance to 30 bar makes the watch suitable for deep dives. With the new IWC bracelet quick-change system, swapping the rubber strap for the stainless-steel bracelet, and vice versa, is a snap.
*IWC Schaffhausen is not the owner of the Super-LumiNova® trademark.
Scuba diving pioneer, researcher and filmmaker – Jacques Cousteau dedicated his life to the fascinating world of the deep seas. He not only invented with engineer Gagnan, the first diving regulator, which allowed divers to stay underwater for long period of time, he also founded the Cousteau Society, which is committed to ocean research and the protection of marine life. “Le Commandant” also made over 120 films and published countless books that awakened a fascination for the blue planet in people across the world. IWC has been supporting the work of the Cousteau Society as a partner since 2004. As part of this partnership, the Schaffhausen watchmakers regularly release special editions in honour of Jacques Cousteau. These diver’s watches feature a trademark deep blue dial and special back engravings. A share of the proceeds from the sale of these watches goes towards the establishment of marine protected areas and the restoration of his former research ship, the Calypso.