The International Whaling Commission has just announced its Aquatimer permanent calendar version of the “50-year Aquatimer” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Aquatimer watch. This anniversary edition is very complicated for divers and is one of the most complicated drinking glasses in the current collection; besides, it is the carrier of IWC’s Ceratanium, a new titanium alloy that combines titanium and ceramics. Some of the advantages.
Aquatimer was originally introduced in 1967 and it has very different configurations than any modern version (except Vintage Collection models, which are now discontinued). The first Aquatimer, referenced 812A, is water resistant to 200 meters, and has an internal rotating panel, in a double crown super compression style case. Is this case actually made by EPSA (Ervin Piquerez SA, inventor of the super gas compressor box)? This seems to be definitive; the EPSA patent number was used for the cases of these earlier references, and some, if not all, There is also a unique diver helmet EPSA trademark.
The first generation Aquatimer watches were made of stainless steel and produced three different versions before 1982: References 1812, 1816, and 1822. The year 1812 began in circa 812 AD in 1967. It was a date of autonomy and D. In the early 1970s, a four-digit reference number appeared for some time. The latter two padded shells, also stainless steel, have a pressure resistance of up to 30 bar/300 m, mineral crystals and coloured dials; all used are the famous Cheap IWC Replica Watches calibre 8541, by IWC’s renowned technical director Albert Pellaton designed automatic winding system. The Pellaton system is often described with the simple Donald DeCarle in the complex watch and repair process. A simple and sophisticated system, well-structured and beautifully made.
However, shortly before the IWC diver’s watch became a most interesting and innovative tool, it became one of the most interesting inventions: the use of titanium. The first watch with a titanium case was not from Switzerland but from Japan; Seiko titanium was used for its 600m professional diver, and in 1975, titanium had begun to move out of the first aerospace industry and consumer products (a good From the titanium of 2002 to the divers’ watch, the depth of Carlos Perez Titan is still a clear reading). However, IWC Replica Watches not only produced the first titanium watch, but also produced the first titanium strap, which was designed in 1980. In 1983, Porsche Design of IWC Ocean 2000 became the first all- titanium alloy diving watch offered by IWC.
The 2000 2000 Waterproof Ocean 2000 was a revolutionary watch that was produced in several different versions. From 1982 to 1998, there were two types of conventional production civilian aircraft; this was Porsche Design Marine 2000, and 500 oceans. Best IWC Replica Watches also produced this watch for the German Federal Navy. There are four different versions: two are automatic movements based on ETA 2892; one is a quartz movement for combat divers; and the other is a very strange 3755 Amag, which has one This kind of anti-magnetic movement, which is used for divers to use magnetic fuses, sounds like a very exciting career (if you ask me, this is too exciting). The latter model is very rare – only about 50 species are considered to be manufactured, and this model has never been sold to the public. The agreement between Porsche and IWC was reached in 1998.
Interestingly, from a historical point of view, the 2000 marine models were not part of the Aquatimer family. However, the Aquatimer brand was reintroduced in the gold, steel and titanium alloy watches launched in 1998. The Fake IWC Watches GST Aquatimer ref. 3536 was produced from 1998 to 2004 with a titanium box and a bracelet. From the diver’s point of view, the most famous GST watch is undoubtedly GST Deep One (designed by the then iwc watch manufacturer Richard Habring), it is the first diving watch with a precision mechanical depth gauge; this is also made of titanium Titanium bracelets.
Think GST stopped in 2004, which is also a year when a new version of Aquatimer was introduced. This version, like the original Aquatimer, has two crowns, one operating an internally rotating panel; this design was not retained until 2009, when the double crown design was replaced by a more modern version of the traditional one-way Rotate the border. The flagship products launched in 2009 are two deep models and are deep-upgraded versions.
Deep One uses a Bourdon tube, which is a semi-circular tube with water entering; the deeper you go, the water pressure forces the tube into a less curved shape, and the deformation of the tube is converted into Depth gauge indicator movement. This is a precise system, but relatively fragile and debris can get into the pipeline, making it a somewhat high maintenance solution. In contrast, at 10 o’clock, a pressure transducer membrane was used, which was located in an aperture similar to a crown.
The last major change to the Aquatimer family was in 2014, which involved another update of the aesthetic and technical features of the Aquatimer. This is the year that the security system was introduced – an unusual combination of external and internal rotating frames. In the SafeDive system, the outer border is not marked; it is just a control system for the inner border.
In 2014, the third iteration of the “deep” series of mechanical depth tables was also introduced. The main update for depth 3 is that depth 3 can show the maximum depth and current depth.
So far, although 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Aquatimer, IWC is still very low-key on this product. Mainly released this year’s SIHH Modified Da Vinci collection, does not refresh Aquatimer (it would have been timely but maybe too early considering that the entire row was updated only three years ago, dedicated to a new border design, it may not have significant meaning obviously abandoned or modified ). However, IWC has announced a new case material, as well as a new and very sophisticated watch: Aquatimer permanent calendar figures monthly version “50 years Aquatimer”.
The 50-year Aquatimer uses IWC calibre 89802; this is a permanent calendar with two digits, the numbers show one month and date, and a number of leap year instructions. It is also a chronograph. At 12 o’clock, an hour and a minute accumulator are added to a dial. The perpetual calendar is generally not considered to be a particularly complex situation for sports watches, however the digital configuration used by IWC is more suitable for this application than any traditional perpetual calendar design. Another remarkable feature of the 50-year-old Aquatimer, connected to look at the history of IWC as an innovator in the case of ceramic and titanium watches, is the material: it is developed by Ceratanium IWC’s telephone, which is a titanium alloy that undergoes a heat treatment to develop a ceramicized surface coating.
IWC has traced its ceramic case business back to 1986, when it released a ceramic-covered DaVinci watch in a variety of colors. As you might expect, this is not a small watch; 49mm x 19.5mm, although the Ceratanium case should do a lot to keep the weight (if not in bulk). However, this is not a ceramic case itself.
The manufacturing process is very different from the steel shell manufacturing process, but at the same time, it is also very different from manufacturing a pure ceramic shell. In an interview with WorldTempus, Lorenz Brunner, head of material development at IWC, described some of the challenges and differences between pure ceramic shells and Ceratanium.
“Ceramics is a powdery raw material that is mixed together to form a uniform mass, shape, and then sintered in a high-temperature oven. During sintering, the material shrinks by about one third. We need to reduce the dimensions Decomposing into the design phase.The extremely small tolerances accepted by mechanical watches make this work incredibly harsh.Other than that, it is not possible to process ceramics using traditional techniques.For example, you cannot drill holes after sintering because It can split, and for all these reasons, designing a ceramic watch is different from making a metal watch.
Ceratanium is based on a titanium alloy specially produced for IWC. We take all the parts from this metal, mill, rotate, drill and polish until they reach their final shape. Only then will parts enter the oven. The special composition of the titanium alloy initiates a diffusion process in which the surface of the material is transformed into a ceramic.
In order to match it with the housing material (including the dial and some moving parts, including the winding rotor), some parts have been subjected to blackout processing. With all 16 watches collected in the current Aquatimer, the border is IWC SafeDive design, and the water resistance is 100 meters – it looks quite professional diving equipment is insufficient but we mentioned that in other places, 100 meters is already more appropriate than any leisure diving. As well as any need for greater water resistance in a professional environment it is not possible to seriously consider a perpetual calendar watch in any case (Aquatimer or not).
The 50-year Aquatimer retail price is $46,800. For most of us, the biggest news may not be the focus of attention as new case materials are, and it’s interesting to see this in more purely practical Aquatimers (perhaps IWC’s possible). On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Aquatimer’s establishment, the clock ticked off, and IWC seemed increasingly unlikely to make any real changes and transfer it to a collection to commemorate this moment, but before 2018, It will be a pleasure to see more news from the company. Although Aquatimer does not have continuous production of other diving watches, it is still widely used professionally for many years and is a serious narrative of IWC’s serious instrument watches. For me personally, I would love to see some meaningful connection to the narrative, In the context of Aquatimer, occasions. Non-Magnet Minesweeper re-issued, someone?
Aquatimer Permanent Calendar Digit Edition “50 Years Aquatimer” Ref. IW379403: Price, $46,800. Housing, 10 bar/100 m waterproof, Ceratanium alloy case, 49mm x 19.5mm diameter, with sapphire in front and back. Slopes and buckles are also in Ceratanium. Moving, IWC internal calibre 89802, frequency 28,800 vph, 68 hours power reserve. Digital calendar, digital display date, month, leap year; chronograph at 12 o’clock, hourly calculation. Global limit is 50 pieces.