IWC Aquatimer IW3568-08

I have a shed load of articles to post here, unfortunately I’ve been so busy recently that updating the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat whilst I attempt to deal with the servicing backlog! Anyway hopefully the updates should become more regular and I’ll start of with this lovely IWC that came in for a service recently. The model is an Aquatimer IW3568-08 and is powered by the IWC calibre 30110 movement which is essentially a breathed on ETA 2892-A2.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

The case is quite a hefty chunk of metal, the screwdown caseback is engraved with the makers logo and model.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

The watch is water resistant to a depth of 2,000m evidence of which is born out by the huge thickness of the caseback and case walls.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

I remove the rotor and autowind assembly whilst the movement is still in its case.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

The movement is now displayed in all its highly decorated glory, plenty of perlage and brushed wheels in there!

Aquatimer IW3568-08

With the movement removed it’s time to remove the beautifully finished handset and dial.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

The strip down can now begin in earnest, as it’s pretty much a standard ETA 2892 which I’ve covered many times before I’ll let the pictures do the talking 🙂

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Once the dial side’s done I turn it over to continue with the train side.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

And it doesn’t take too long before it’s fully stripped ready for cleaning and inspection.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

The rebuild starts with a new mainspring.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Look at the beautiful snail graining on the barrel. Lovely 🙂

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Once I’m this far it’s time to flip the movement over and install the keyless work in order to wind some power onto the barrel….

Aquatimer IW3568-08

….which allows me to get the rough timings and adjustments done.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

It’s now at the stage where the dial and handset can be refitted.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

The movement is recased….

Aquatimer IW3568-08

….and the rebuilt autowind mechanism and rotor is refitted.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

The caseback is tightened down, the watch is pressure tested and it’s now ready for a few more years of service. I think the Aquatimer is a lovely classic design from IWC and of course is a highly capable diving watch.

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

Aquatimer IW3568-08

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