Insider: IWC Aquatimer 2000. Our Take on a Bumble-Bee.

The Aquatimer 2000 is one of the most iconic and beautiful references from IWC. With pressure-resistance to 2000m, 42-hour power-reserve automatic movement, a 44 mm case size and a highly luminescent sapphire bezel insert, the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is a great looking sports watch.

Fitted with IWC's calibre 30110 —which is a modified base ETA 2892— the watch is a little too noisy when the rotor is spinning around. The watch is available with a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet with a quick release feature to switch bracelets/straps without needing any tools. You just press the quick release button with your fingertips.

The stainless steel case is solid. The traditional IWC markings are on the case back and the case is matte finished. While the watch case back seems to be a little too thick, it still sits nice on the wrist; however, in our opinion, we wouldn't say it's the most comfortable watch out there.


The sapphire rotating bezel is one of our favorite features on this watch. It's not only beautifully finished but also very functional. It comes with 60 perfect clicks, it's easy to rotate –even when wearing gloves–, easy to read underwater, and the beautiful bumble bee combo —black and yellow— on the insert offers great contrast and readability. The super luminova on the insert couldn't be any better at night.

The sapphire crystal is extremely thick —as needed on a watch that should withstand 200 bars of pressure— and comes with anti-reflective coating on both sides. 


The rubber strap is a little uncomfortable because of the diamond pattern it has on the back but overall, is made of really nice high quality durable rubber very typical of  IWC. The strap is fitted with a nice brushed IWC tang buckle that is easy to operate.

Overall, the craftsmanship of this watch is excellent —following all of the rigorous IWC standards. This is a watch that looks great with jeans, a suit and even better with a wet suit while diving the seas and oceans.

If you are looking for an inexpensive bumble bee look, the IWC Aquatimer 2000 is your best option. Sticker price $4,600. For more info click here .

Posted on April 5, 2013 and filed under IWC.