Well, Ive had my Aquatimer 2000 (Ref. 3568-02) for a whole week now. Long enough for my first impressions to have solidified. With your indulgence, Ill pass them on to you.
This is the black and yellow version on the rubber strap with the proprietary quick release system licensed from Cartier. More on that marketing strategy in a moment.
The watch is 44mm across, not including the crown, and 14 mm thick. This is a big, substantial watch especially for someone with smaller wrists such as mine (6.75 in). Im definitely aware of it on my wrist both visually and weight-wise. In the pictures below you can get an idea of its size especially in the comparison picture with the Sub.
Speaking of visuals, the watch is stunning IMO, if a little blingy. Ive read some dont care for the rather bright color scheme but I like it. If youd seen some of the guitars Ive owned over the years lots of inlay youd understand why the watch appeals to me.
The sapphire crystal is almost flat and is advertised as being double AR coated. Thats surprising because this watch reflects enough light to double as a signaling device! Thats one small demerit. Another is, the sapphire bezel is even more reflective. I dont know if its coated or not but it definitely reflects the light. In this picture you can get a good idea of its reflectivity. I did not have to try to get this much reflection.
Lets talk about the strap. I opted for the rubber strap because I wanted a sports watch that could handle the trail jogging and rainy winters here in the Pacific NW. The rubber is very comfortable and, due to the abundance of holes to choose from and the lug structure on the watch, the watch is extremely comfortable. I almost bought the bracelet version but the additional $1000 was a bit of a put-off. Ill probably wish Id gone that route because I read the bracelet as an aftermarket product is priced at $1600. You can just make out the strap mechanism in this picture.
Now, time for my rant. There are only three strap options; bracelet, rubber and hook and loop. Thats it. Nothing else. Aftermarket straps wont fit because of the proprietary strap changing mechanism. And the price for swapping out the strap? I've read (but have not verified) the bracelet is $1600 and the rubber strap is $175. The buckle is priced separately at $125. This is an example where they have you by the neck and theyre going to financially abuse you. Still, I knew this going in and bought the watch anyway but I still dont like it.
A few other notes. The fit and finish is superb, as Id expect from IWC. Whereas the size and heft of the AT makes my Portuguese Chronograph seem almost dainty in comparison, it has the same almost jewel-like quality. It does have a screw-in crown. The movement is based upon an ETA 2892.
This is the first watch Ive ever set to the US Govt. time clock and checked its accuracy. Would you believe less than 2 seconds fast in the last 6 days?! Boom!! Take that COSC Rolex Submariner!
Lume is excellent though not outstanding. After having several watches with C3 SuperLuminova, Ive decided nothing else comes close to that lume. Still, the time is readily readable in the early morning hours so it lasts through the night. I do like how its sensitive enough to pick up whatever ambient light is available and give it back with a very subdued glow even in a partially lit room. Very cool.
Thats about it. Overall, I love this watch and cant imagine ever parting with it but Ive said that before. Its hard to imagine though.
Thanks for reading.