This is not intended as a proper review, it’s just a post with my opinions over one of my favorite IWC watches.
This is the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 ref. 3568, it is a dive watch, it is fantastically well built – can withstand the pressure of 2000 meters under water and it is, in a tortuous way, the reason why I’m writing this blog… Therefore it deserves the honor to appear in this first post.
It’s big – 44mm width and 14 mm height – but not as big as some other IWC models like the wonderful Big Pilots or the amazing Aquatimer Deep Two. Despite the size it is very comfortable on the wrist and the (excellent) rubber strap with quick change system just helps to the overall feel of quality.
It has a stainless steel case, sapphire glass and a very precise and easy to use screw-in crown.
One of the wonderful features of this watch is the rotating bezel built of sapphire crystal with Super LumiNova (TM) applied underneath, this is also applied in the hour markers and in the hands so you get an amazing three tone luminescence under low light conditions.
The movement is the self-winding Caliber 30110, unfortunately not in-house but it works flawlessly and it is taken to the IWC precision criteria which is slightly tighter than that used by the COSC.
The case finishing, partly polished and partly brushed is beyond any type of criticism and all the fittings are just perfect.
As a dive watch it does maintain a certain “tool” feel but the built quality and the design elegance allow for it to be taken anywhere and anyplace. With a tie maybe not, but I don’t feel any problem in wearing it with a dark suit or a blazer when properly combined.
Minor perk – it is very shiny when under direct sunlight.
Overall it gives me great aesthetic pleasure.
Thank you for reading!
IWC is one of the top Swiss watchmakers and the AT 2000 is one of its simplest watches. Anyone who finds this interesting should check the IWC website www.iwc.com and the excellent IWC Collectors’ Forum www.iwc.com/forum.