IWC - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII Geneva Friday, November 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: Circa 1980's
    Reference No: 3529
    Movement No: 2'526'109
    Case No: 2'622'625
    Model Name: Ocean 2000 Bund
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 37521, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Titanium IWC bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium IWC deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by IWC blank Guarantee card, nylon strap, bracelet removal tool, product literature, presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born out of the cooperation between Swiss watch manufacturer IWC and a branch of the legendary sports car manufacture Porsche, the Bund Ocean 2000 holds a place of special importance within the history of the company as it is the last line of watches made specifically for military purposes. A military re-edition of the Porsche Design Ocean 2000 line which were originally launched in the early 1980s, the Bund project was made alive thanks to the contract obtain by IWC with the West Germany Army to deliver mil spec versions of their current watches.

    Different from their "civilian" counterparts, the mil-spec timepieces, like the present example, most notably featured orange seconds hand, black bezel, a flat crystal and a nylon strap (the titanium bracelet was optional). Interestingly, while the civilian version was rated to 2000 meters below sea level (thus its name "Ocean 2000"), the military version was only tested up to 300 meters.

    Three different models were made for the Navy: a "Kampftaucheruhr" (combat diver) model, bearing reference 3314 or 3315 introduced in 1983; a "Minentaucheruhr" (minesweeper models) reference 3519, and the "Taucheruhr" (diver) model reference 3529, like the present example, or 3509.

    The present titanium Ocean 2000 Bund is not only offered complete with its original accessories, but furthermore in absolutely original and unrestored condition, an absolute gem for the collector of scarce and historically relevant timepieces.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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Ref. 3529
A historically interesting and very attractive titanium diver's wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and box, made for the West German Navy

Circa 1980's
42mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF8,000 - 16,000 

Sold for CHF20,320

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVIII

Geneva Auction 3 - 4 November 2023