When the sport of diving increasingly generated popularity in the 1960s, the International Watch Company reacted by launching its first dive watch in 1967: the Aquatimer (Ref. 812AD) was the very first model in a line of successful diving watches. The original model was water-resistant to 200 metres and featured an internal rotatable bezel. The design of the men’s watch was kept in an elegant black, which explains why second-hand watches are currently in incredible demand when it comes to the first generation of the IWC Aquatimer.
In 2008, the International Watch Company presented an anniversary collection as a tribute to its first dive watch. The Aquatimer Vintage Collection (Ref. IW323101) is strongly influenced by the design of the original Aquatimer. Contrarily, however, a modern movement that is produced in-house with an automatic winding, ticks away at the heart of this timeless watch.
Another popular vintage watch is IWC’s Ocean 2000 (Ref. IW350001). The watch was the result of a memorable collaboration between Porsche and the International Watch Company and was presented in 1982. Its titanium case is waterproof to 2,000 metres and protects the watch from corrosion - a quality feature that can still be observed with used Ocean 2000 watches. The Ocean 2000 can only be purchased on the second-hand market as the production of the watch was discontinued in the 1990s.