Here, Pugwash gives us a great review and some nice pics of the replica IWC Aquatimer replica watch. This piece comes from but she let us repost here – thanks Pugwash!
So I got this IWC Auquatimer 2000 copy watch from Precious Time – from the UK. He’s a great source and if you want one by the time you’re done reading here, I’m sure he’d be happy to oblige.
Back in ’97 IWC pulled out the diver’s favorite Ocean 2000 from their collection and put in the Aquatimer 2000 GST. It was a bit bigger – 42mm in diameter, and featured the same movement – the 2892. The piece was also pretty thick – 14.5mm, but that’s not unusual for a diver’s watch, particularly one that’s meant to survive 2000 meters depth and force. Coming in titanium and stainless steel and even maybe gold, this Best Faek IWC Aquatimer watch was in the GST line of IWC. It’s uniqueness came from its screw-in crown, which was strong even though it didn’t have crown guards. It also had a bezel needing two force points to be pressed before it could be turned.
The replica though doesn’t have that special bezel function, instead featuring a one-click mechanism like say a Omega Seamaster or a Rolex Submariner. Also, the inked inside bezel isn’t as quality as the genuine article. However, I am personally trying to color-match the original’s paint with this grey, dark acrylic paint I found.
Additionally, the movement’s different – it’s an ETA 2824 and not the pricier ETA 2892. It’s not really a big deal since the 2824 is a perfectly fine component, cheaper, but still dependable. Also it’s spare parts come easy from any watch-shop out there.
Mainly, the real issue with the replica version is its size. It’s got a 3mm deficiency in diameter, and a whopping 4mm deficiency in thickness. It’s not going to mess with the function or anything, but it does sort of give the watch away as a replica for any IWC-discerning eye. Also, there’s isn’t a titanium or gold, replica version available to my knowledge.
Another thing worth mentioning is that they really should have but an anti-reflection coat on the crystal. It just really needs it and would start to get irritating if you wear the watch every day all day in all kinds of light. It seems kind of milky in some angles.
Looking back, I feel like I wrote a fairly negative review for a watch that I in fact do really like in the end. Most won’t know enough about IWCs to spot it from the slight problems, especially a discontinued piece like this one. It has a totally satisfactory movement, the case looks great, and the strap is one of the best I’ve seen. The clasp is a touch on the loose side, but it might be just mine and not a consistent design flaw.
This replica watch came out to little fanfare and wasn’t talked about much, perhaps just because of the print on the bezel and a misaligned twelve o’clock on the face, but it’s not a fair reception for it. It’s a good, solid watch, even better then than the Ingenieur in terms of design, which so many people like these days.