IWC AQUATIMER 2 CROWN REF. 816AD
The IWC Aquatimer is a highly regarded line of diving watches produced by the prestigious Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, IWC Schaffhausen Designed for divers and water sports enthusiasts, the Aquatimer collection is renowned for its robust and functional design. It was first introduced in 1967 with the iconic reference 812 AD, later re-designated as 1812 in October 1971, this timeless watch featured an impressive water resistance of 20 atmospheres, equivalent to about 650 feet. Notably, it boasted a rotating internal bezel and two crowns, with one dedicated to operating the bezel. Following its success, IWC continued to impress the horology world by introducing another remarkable timepiece just two years later. The second Aquatimer model, known as reference 816 AD, later renamed 1816, stood out with its uniquely shaped cases and striking “shadow” dials, providing enhanced water-resistance up to 30 atmospheres. In the late 1970s, this model was succeeded by the esteemed reference 1822, cementing the Aquatimer’s reputation as a coveted choice among watch enthusiasts and professionals alike.
The present timepiece represents an exceptional second series IWC Aquatimer reference 1816. Its overall condition is truly extraordinary, making it one of the finest preserved examples ever seen in the public market. The cushion-shaped case retains its original finish with sharp lines and angles intact. The flawless dial is impeccable, free from any stains or defects. The 8541B caliber operates flawlessly, and the watch comes with its original Gay Freres bracelet featuring an IWC clasp. Both the rotating crown and internal bezel function perfectly without any issues. All components of the watch are correct and original, including the twist dial, 8541B caliber, crown with the fish icon, and the caseback without engravings. For vintage IWC watch collectors, this is a true grail and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire such a superbly preserved Aquatimer 1816.
Diameter: 40mm, circa 1970s.