IWC Schaffhausen has introduced a special – and limited – edition of its legendary diver’s watch “Aquatimer” last December which bears a hammerhead shark engraving on the case back.
Today, increasing numbers of shark species are facing extinction. More than 100 million sharks are caught every year whilst continued overfishing depletes their nutritional resources. Protecting endangered species is one of the key themes in IWC’s commitment to environmental issues. That is why, since 2009, IWC Schaffhausen has been working intensively with the Charles Darwin Foundation. To raise more awareness of the situation affecting sharks, IWC now produced an exclusive themed special edition of the iconic Aquatimer. What a suitable project for a diver’s watch.
The grey dial was inspired by the distinctive colour of many sharks. Dive times can be set using the mechanical external/internal rotating bezel. This IWC development combines the excellent legibility of an internal rotating bezel with the ease of use of an external bezel. The IWC SafeDive system ensures that the internal bezel of the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” can only be adjusted in an anticlockwise direction, which is a vital feature in a diver’s watch.
Luminescent coatings on the dial, hands and the internal rotating bezel provide optimum legibility underwater.
The stainless steel case of the Aquatimer “Shark” has a diameter of 44 mm and is water-resistant up to 30 bar. The beautiful engraving on the case back shows a group of swimming hammerhead sharks.
The Aquatimer is powered by the IWC calibre 89365. It is a manual-winding movement, works at 4 Hz and provides a power-reserve of 68 hours.
The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” comes with a black rubber strap.
The “Sharks” Chronograph is exclusively bundled with a copy of Michael Muller’s book of the same name. The limited Collector’s Edition Taschen book is signed by the photographer and presented in a bite-proof metal shark cage.
Famed for his portraits of Hollywood stars, the American photographer travelled the globe to document shark species with an unprecedented degree of technical perfection.
The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” is a Limited Edition of only 500 pieces.
And anyone who isn’t interested in one of these watches or can’t afford one – Michael Muller’s book is definitely worth consideration: