This diver’s chronograph, the IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” is definitely one of my most favourite watches ever. With its grey dial and hammerhead shark engraving on the case back is available in a limited edition of only 500 watches and comes exclusively with “Sharks”, a volume of photographs by Michael Muller (thanks to the prestigious art publisher Taschen).
Why? Because an estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year for their meat, fins, liver, or gill rakers, according to researchers. And IWC Schaffhausen is drawing attention to their plight with its new Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks.” Of course, this watch-book combo is a fitting milestone in IWC’s seven-year-old collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation, which has helped focus its charitable efforts on ocean conservation.
Admittedly, the most appropriate of watches to drive this sleek Porsche Macan with, would have been the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition “35 Years Ocean 2000” (comes in a limited edition of 350 pieces only). Why? Let’s not forget that the prototype was dreamed up and designed back in 1982 by the legendary Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (the son of the company’s founder and “father” of a true cultural icon, the 1963 911). Originally thought as an instrument for mine clearance divers. But the Chronograph Edition “Sharks” remains closer to my heart. You almost cannot explain it or rationalise it. You just know which watch was made for you – the moment you first wrap it around your wrist.
This is a big, badass diver, that is actually lighter than you might think. And definitely elegant. The timepiece, housed in a stainless-steel case, is powered by the IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre. The chronograph (IW379506) is water-resistant to 30 bar and features a flyback function, automatic winding and a 68-hour power reserve. Dive times can be set using the mechanical external/internal rotating bezel, which, for safety reasons, can only be turned anticlockwise. The grey of the dial is inspired by the colour of a number of different species of shark, while the luminescent coating guarantees optimum legibility. The engraving on the case back depicts a group of swimming hammerhead sharks.
Designed to withstand dive depths greater than 1,000 feet, the watch is equipped with a patented system consisting of an inner and outer bezel; the inner bezel can only be adjusted in an anticlockwise direction.
All in all, this is not only a true diver’s instrument of a watch, but also an extremely elegant, and yet adventurous mate for life. One I would feel honoured to dive with, every single time. I would know, because testing the waters of Northern Greece (Sithonia), wasn’t quite enough – I simply refused to take it off my wrist, even after I took off my wetsuit. Yes, this exquisite watch remains on my wrist ever since.
[Thank you IWC Schaffhausen for the unique and absolutely fantastic divers bag! Owning a collector’s piece is a great honour.