People have been diving for probably thousands of years, but it really became a science in the 20th century, after lots of envisioning occurred in the 19th century. The first diving watch was a Rolex because of its water resistance (Rolex Oyster case), but divers, like all people needed a variety. IWC decided to release the Aquatimer in the late 1960s, perhaps a little late on the bandwagon, but the Aquatimer was a nice watch. With the IWC Vintage Aquatimer, IWC pays homage to the original Aquatimer while at the same time releasing a fully capable diving instrument.
Like each of the 2008 IWC Vintage line watches, the Vintage Aquatimer does history justice without sacrificing modern demands. The Vintage Aquatimer is a no nonsense watch. Bold hands for high visibility add to indicators which are lathered in luminant for the best possible underwater viewing. The internal rotating bezel can be easily operated with gloves and enjoy an arguably better legibility than an external rotating bezel. The entire watch reminds me of the Ball Engineer Master Diver watch series, and both Ball and IWC probably did s bit of copying of each other, but that is mere speculation and no offense in the watch world.
Once again with the entire 2008 Vintage line from IWC, each model will be produced in steel with a limited edition run of 500 watches per watch in platinum. A serious metal, for a serious watch. I imagine that the platinum watches will fall into the hands of the most serious collectors as their increase in price is not commensurate with any increase in utility or aesthetic. The rubber strap on the Vintage Aquatimer is interesting. The cross-hatching pattern on the strap is meant to simulate the canvas straps that once held diving watches in place. Here the patten makes for a nicely done weave texturing that is pleasing and brings out the smoother details on the face.
The entire IWC Vintage collection is conservative and tasteful. While these are not “revolutionary looks,” they have an essence of universal appeal and fit. I am happy to see that conservative does not have to mean boring. My experience is that the nicest watches are those that grow on you. The IWC Vintage collection all represent designs that have grown on enough people as to make them a classic, and the IWC Vintage Aquatimer is no exception.
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To be truthful I was skeptical about the brightly coloured dial version learning which it was a light silver rather than white in tone. I still really like white game watch dials, but I could also appreciate the remedy IWC gave this view. The silver dial not just has exceptionally contrasting components but also the matte finish prevents it from playing with the light also much which is great. The alternative of when silvered dials play too much light is the way otherwise very good tool watches may go bad. Just don’t forget that a creation before these watches, Aquatimers were often decorated with yellow, orange , and blue. Anyhow, after viewing the silver dial in person I really found that I enjoy it. It has a great deal of the same high-contrast elements as a white dial but also a colour which seems to meld in with the steel of the case.Available on a strap or bracelet, IWC totally redesigned their strap quick-change system after only one generation of the old versions. Ironically the new system is much better than the finicky prior one on older Aquatimer models. IWC does not contain more than 1 strap with each watch, along with the straps take a distinctive lug otherwise they won’t attach to it. That might prove to be a problem with people who like to attach their own lugs to their watches. The bracelet and strap however are rather good. The neat integration involving the bracelet links mixed with its slender profile create a stylish and contemporary interpretation into the timeless dive watch bracelet. The rubber straps are of a great quality as well, and what I enjoy about them besides their feel and design is they’re thin and pliable which makes for a really comfortable fit.