The luxury Swiss watchmaker debuts an innovative new material to mark the 50th anniversary of its iconic Aquatimer model

Occasionally, a watchmaker will take a truly innovative approach to a classic design rather than making minor adjustments. IWC Schaffhausen is doing just that as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Aquatimer, boldly introducing a new material to its iconic diving watch.


The Aquatimer is renowned amongst divers searching for a durable and accurate timepiece. Since 1967, IWC has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of divers with the watch's features: water-resistant up to 200 metres, with an internal rotating bezel for setting the dive time. The 50th anniversary model is taking a revolutionary approach by attempting to improve on the watch’s most basic component—the case. 

The new Aquatimer will feature Ceratanium, a new material IWC claims to be as light and unbreakable as titanium and as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic. Ceratanium is a creation of IWC’s expert team, perfected over a development process that took more than five years.

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The new Aquatimer is water-resistant up to 10 bars and features an external and internal rotating bezel. The bezel design prevents accidental adjustments to dive time, as it ensures that the internal mechanism can only change when the external bezel is rotated anti-clockwise.

The ‘50 Years Aquatimer’ is limited to just 50 pieces and will be available in IWC boutiques starting this month at HKD$364,000.

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