The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph “Cousteau Divers” watch is both a highly capable dive instrument, and a thoughtful homage to the pioneering spirit of legendary marine conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew. While incorporating the same fine technical aspects of the Aquatimer Chrono-Automatic, the “Cousteau Divers” adds unique stylistic touches and a very personal piece of the Cousteau legacy, that is tastefully incorporated into the commemorative caseback.
The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph “Cousteau Divers” watch utilizes the automatic-winding caliber 79320 which has a 44-hour power reserve. Featuring a day and date indication, this mechanism also supports a chronograph which can measure elapsed minutes and hours. The operation of the IWC “Cousteau Divers” is easy and intuitive.
The lower button, a perfect example of IWC’s innovative engineering – performs two distinct operations: When it is turned, the unidirectional internal rotating bezel can be set to record elapsed dive times; if it is depressed, a transmission wheel disengages the rotating bezel and it functions as a traditional chronograph reset button sending the stopped chronograph hand back to the “zero” position. A dial in rich ocean blue and a matching rubber strap ensure that the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph “Cousteau Divers” watch is visually distinct from other models within the Aquatimer line.
The back of the Aquatimer “Cousteau Divers” incorporates a small piece of polished wood from the cabin of the famed research vessel, “The Calypso”, which was piloted by Cousteau and his crew; set beneath a sapphire-glass cover and inlaid with a silhouette of “The Calypso”, this unique detail serves to highlight the important work undertaken by Jacques Cousteau. The 2500-piece limited edition ensures that this watch will remain a cherished collectible; a portion of the proceeds from each IWC Aquatimer Chronograph “Cousteau Divers” sold will go to the Cousteau Society, an organization that works in conjunction with IWC to protect marine habitats around the world.