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IWC’s partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation permeates the new Aquatimer collection, but there is one watch in particular that stands out as benefiting the Foundation. The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” honors the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation and celebrates all the work they have been doing.
The Edition 50 Years Science (reference 3795, if you’re keeping track) starts with a 44mm stainless steel case in the new Aquatimer profile. This includes the architectural lugs and the grooved Safe Dive bezel, which rotates both directions but only turns the internal rotating bezel when turned counter-clockwise and does not turn it at all under water. The clutch mechanism is housed in the protrusion on the left side of the case.
What sets the Edition 50 Years Science apart is the matte black vulcanized rubber coating on the case and chronograph pushers as well as the special lume color on the dial. The hour batons, hands, and bezel markings are all a rich blue meant to mimic the blue of the famous blue-footed booby, endemic to the Galapagos Islands. You can see here how closely the color actually matches:
Inside the Edition 50 Years Science is an in-house caliber 89365, a movement in the caliber 89000 family but without an hours counter for the chronograph. You do get a 60-minute counter at 12 o’clock and the chronograph is a flyback, plus it can be used underwater. The power reserve is 68 hours and the watch is automatically winding.
The case is thick at 17mm, but it lends this watch a robust tool-watch feel. It wears well on the black rubber strap and if you turn the watch over you’ll find a special caseback engraving to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation.
This is a limited edition of only 500 pieces with proceeds benefiting the Charles Darwin Foundation. You can find more details here.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen