A special edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the popular Aquatimer diver’s watches with the first Ceratanium case.
It has been 50 years since the first Aquatimer Diver’s watch. The collection is quite a reference point in the world of diving watches. This time round, it gets a brand new case with a new material, Ceratanium. This feat is a first for IWC Schaffhausen, though experimenting with materials is quite a part of the DNA of the brand.
“Since we already had a pioneering role in the use of titanium and ceramic in the 1980s, we are now once again highlighting our expertise with materials by employing Ceratanium,” explains Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
What’s so special about Ceratanium?
Development of new materials is always an exciting thing. It influences the watch performance and the look. Watchmakers are constantly on the lookout for such new innovations.
Ceratanium is as light and unbreakable as titanium, but also as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic. The material experts at IWC have been working on the development of this particular composite based on a titanium alloy for more than five years. The special manufacturing process gives the metal a black, ceramic-like surface.
It is a ground-breaking choice, scoring well for its high skin tolerance and a striking matte black colour.
Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer” (Ref. IW379403)
The technical features include a digital perpetual calendar. This displays the date and month in large numerals in the style of a digital watch, automatically recognising different month lengths and leap years. The chronograph with flyback function displays stop times, combined in a totalizer at “12 o’clock”.
Like all Aquatimer models, this watch, which is water resistant up to 10 bar and features an external/internal rotating bezel for setting the dive time. The IWC SafeDive system ensures that the internal rotating bezel can only be adjusted when the external bezel is rotated in an anticlockwise direction. As a result, even if the external bezel is accidentally moved, zero hour – the time at which the diver can return to the surface without the need for decompression stops – cannot be exceeded.
Thanks to the quick-change system, the black rubber strap can simply be replaced with another strap. It is an edition limited to just 50 pieces.
IWC Schaffhausen has indeed made a case for Ceratanium…and we are completely convinced!