Another Dive Into The Replica Richard Mille Aquatimer Deep Three
The Aquatimer is meant to be equal parts stylish wrist companion and serious instrument. Sure, most of us will never put our watches to the test, but it’s always confidence inspiring to know that they can handle the worst. The Aquatimer Deep Three takes this ethos to another level, providing a real mechanical depth gauge inside a stylish Aquatimer package.
As the name implies, this is the third depth gauge watch from IWC and takes the technology to another level. This all starts with the titanium case. There is no question that at 46mm in diameter and 16.5mm thick this is a massive watch, but the titanium keeps it from feeling like a dive weight on the wrist. The rubber strap also helps here and is a great fit.
In addition to the SafeDive bezel, a feature found on all new Aquatimers, the Deep Three has a dual-function depth gauge as well. The blue indictor shows current depth, while the red indicator tracks the maximum depth on a given dive, up to 50 meters. You can easily reset the max dive indicator with the pusher at 2 oclock. That protrusion at 4 oclock is the valve that allows the depth gauge to function.
It was ten years between the Deep One and Deep Two releases (1999 and 2009, respectively) and luckily we didn’t have to wait quite as long for the Deep Three. It’s a complication that not many will use but that really shows IWC’s commitment to creating interesting, purpose-built tool watches.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen