IWC Schaffhausen, partner and sponsor of the Cousteau Society for many years, has created a special edition to mark the 100th birthday of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the most influential ocean researcher and explorer in the 20th century. The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Jacques-Yves Cousteau is the fifth special edition created by IWC to honour the legendary scuba diving specialist. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, alias “Le Commandant”, who died in 1997, was not only a pioneer of underwater research but also a leading champion of the cause of protecting the world’s oceans.
IWC Schaffhausen, whose first Aquatimer professional diver’s watch in 1967 actively promoted the increasingly popular sport, has maintained a partnership with the Cousteau Society since 2003. Founded by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the non-profit organisation works tirelessly to protect the world’s oceans. As part of its ongoing cooperation with the Cousteau Society, IWC is helping to finance the restoration of the legendary research vessel, the “Calypso”, as well as previously sponsoring a research expedition to the coral reefs of the Red Sea and honouring the great pioneer of the oceans with four limited special editions.
The fifth of these tributes, the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Jacques-Yves Cousteau, commemorates the illustrious researcher and filmmaker on the occasion of his 100th birthday, which is celebrated on 11 June 2010. The 44-millimetre stainless-steel case is pressure-resistant to 12 bar and, with a slate coloured dial bearing Cousteau’s signature, high contrast white indices and blue totalisers, transforms the watch into an unmistakable statement on the wearer’s wrist. The chunky external rotating bezel can be turned – only anticlockwise for safety reasons – even when wearing gloves.
The four-millimetre-wide sapphire glass ring has six coatings of luminescent Super LumiNova®, guaranteeing optimum legibility and luminosity in any kind of visibility, even when night-diving. Engraved on the back of the case is a portrait of the ever-popular Frenchman, encircled by the words “A Tribute to J.Y. Cousteau 1910–2010”. The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Jacques- Yves Cousteau is secured to the wearer’s wrist by a black rubber strap.
Diver’s watch in stainless-steel case with external rotating bezel, mechanical chronograph movement, day and date display, small hacking seconds and bracelet quickchange system, engraving of portrait of Jacques-Yves Cousteau on the case back.
Power reserve: 44 h
Case: stainless steel with slate-coloured dial and rubber strap
Glass: sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 44mm, Height: 15mm