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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: Circa 2014
    Reference No: IW379503
    Case No: 3’936’694
    Model Name: Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Charles Darwin
    Material: Bronze
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 89365, 38 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Rubber
    Clasp/Buckle: Bronze IWC pin buckle
    Dimensions: 44mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by an undated IWC international warranty stamped Elegant Ocean Centre Hong Kong, instruction manual, service booklet, product literature, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Debuted in 2014, the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Charles Darwin was the firm’s answer to the new trend for bronze wristwatches. With its entire case constructed of bronze, it was obvious for the firm to implement it to their line of dive watches, the Aquatimer. Known for its robustness and durability to corrosion, bronze was commonly used for underwater piping. Making its important homage to legendary naturalist and expeditioner Charles Darwin who was famously known for sailing around the world on the HMS Beagle, the special edition Aquatimer features a caseback engraved with a cameo of the famed naturalist.

    With a case measuring 44mm diameter featuring a gas escape valve on the left side of the caseband the watch has a depth rating of 300 meters. Fitted with a solid bronze ratcheting diver’s bezel, the outer bezel turns the inner rotating bezel only in one direction while the outer bezel rotates both ways which was named the “SafeDive” system by IWC.

    The present example is offered in excellent overall condition with very minimal signs of use and wear with an attractive patina that has developed over the years on the case. Consigned by its original owner the present timepiece is complete with its full set of accessories.

  • 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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Property from the Original Owner


Ref. IW379503
A fine and attractive bronze diver’s chronograph wristwatch with date, gas escape valve, inner rotating bezel, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2014
44mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$24,000 - 40,000 

Sold for HK$44,100

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021