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Anyone have the IWC Aquatimer?

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Hey IWCers,

I'm interested in the new 2014 Aquatimer Automatic. Does anyone have one that they could comment on and post some nice pictures? I currently have a PO 8500 and a Grand Seiko Snowflake, but I'm interested in the new Aquatimer Autos and the grey dealers have them at a pretty decent discount. Anyways, if anyone could post some pictures or there take on the new models, I'd appreciate some feedback!

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Tried one a few weeks ago, the quality is very high, the face has a lot of depth to it and the size is very useable too. It's not cheap though, £4200 here in the UK on rubber (tang, not deployment).

I'm probably going to go for a PO instead, as for that money it just felt a little more special.

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And dirty crop through mirror for size (my wrist is 7.75")

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I sold my AT 2000 - 3568, to help fund a purchase of another watch.

However, I missed once it was gone. I liked the quality, the sturdiness and the very well executed finish. It was utterly dependable, and the ETA2892A2 movement was extremely precise - with only about +1s every other day.

So I decided to buy the new 3290.

It is even better made, the ingenious bezel is a joy to use, and it uses the same very solidly made ETA2892A2 movement. Which is a good thing. You'd want something reliable when you buy a diver. A delicate in-house movement, is better reserved for dresswatches and complications, in my opinion.

IWC could have used their own 80110 calibre - its a lovely movement (I know 'cause I've had one under a display back on the Vintage Ingenieur), but it would have made the 3290 bigger and heavier.

One little thing I like about the new Aquatimer, is the flat back (the previous one had a raised back), because it makes the watch less wobbly on the wrist, and a tad more discreete. The legibility is beyond reproach, and the comfort excellent. As always with IWC.

Here's an image of the different versjons of the Aquatimer 3290. I opted for the 3290-4, on bracelet with silver dial, but I bought the rubber strap as well. They come off easily, thank's to IWC's proprietary quick-lock-system, making swapping bracelet for rubber a three seconds job per side.

Would I recommend the 3290? You bet. I find the overall finish and appearance more appealing than a PO or Sub.

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I got a chance to try this on my hand last night this is lovely, just felt that the rubber strap is a bit thin (light). And it costs very high in Hong Kong (HKD 45,000 with rubber strap whilst HKD52,700 with bracelet) with no discount being offered.

I always wonder if the price is better in european countries

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