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2017-09-12

IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month EDITION 50 Years AQUATIMER

Is it this just me or do most divers from the Richmont Group brands come with impossibly long names?!

With that said – introducing the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition 50 Years Aquatimer Ref. IW379403.



IWC Schaffhausen are once again, celebrating, and this time it’s 50 years of one of the most iconic names in the industry – happy B’day, Aquatimer!

For clarification, IWC also just recently celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the OCEAN 2000.



Kicking of the 50 year festivities is an impressive new version of the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digi Date-Month with its substantial 49mm in diameter case and purposeful honeycomb mesh dial.

This comes with a stealthy all-black getup or with a luxurious yet sporty combination of 18-carat Red Gold with a blue dial and rubber-coated Titanium.



The Aqutimer Digi-Date needs a fair amount more power than is typically required of a movement in order to flip that enormous digital display discs. This is done by the powerful IWC in-house automatic 89801-calibre.



The 89000-calibre family includes powerful chronograph movements with a flyback function, which are used, for example, for the big digital date and month displays or for watches that display stopped hours and minutes on a sub-dial.



When the date display advances at night, therefore, the quick-action switch taps a little of the energy, stores it, and then discharges it at the end of the month.

The date and month discs have semi-transparent perforated covers that provide a view of the complex mechanism inside.




The rotor behind the exhibition Sapphire-crystal back is distinctly functional-looking and likewise alludes to the reliability of research submarines.

The perpetual calendar with four display discs is made up of 185 individual parts and shows the date and month with large digits in separate windows. It also features a leap year display in a small window.


The exclusive flagship of the collection is limited to just 50 pieces. Owing to the large and complex movement that powers it, the Aquatimer Digi-Date has a water-resistant to just 100 meters.

So what do we think, folks? If this a grail or is it all a bit OTT? I’ll pass ;)

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