IWC, part of the Richemont group, is set to launch its new and ‘improved’ Aquatimer at the SIHH (Salon Internationale Haute Horlogerie) in early 2014. This model is far removed from its last incarnation which was released only a few years ago. The quick turnaround time for the discontinued Aquatimer is probably due to poor sales. IWC updated the last model giving it a shiny new exterior and did away with the internal bezel which the first Aquatimer was well known for. The new Aquatimer for 2014 goes back to a more retro design that is predicted to do well with fans of the Swiss made manufacturer.
The Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is going to be released in titanium, with a case diameter of 45mm. The case construction looks solid with the biggest change coming in the bezel. This new bezel called the IWC SafeDive System combines both the safety of the internal bezel with the functionality of an external bezel. So, in fact, the markers used to measure the elapsed time are found on a ring on the extremities of the dial, while the outer bezel is used to rotate it. This is accomplished by a sliding system, which connects the two bezels. Naturally, IWC makes this bezel unidirectional where it can only be rotated counterclockwise. What appears to be a left side crown on this watch is actually a pinion which allows for the transfer of energy from the outer bezel to the internal one.
The case back and main crown are screwed in maintaining the water resistance at 2000 meters (200 Bars). The case back also features a deep sea diving helmet in relief. The dial looks very utilitarian with its black dial and green lume. The dial is striated adding texture to this piece. All of the dial elements are oversized allowing for enhanced readability. A date aperture comes in at the 3 position.
The Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is powered by Caliber 80110 self-winding mechanical equipped with a Pellaton winding system. This durable timepiece comes with the quick-change bracelet system, which is borrowed, from Cartier.