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.
The case is quite a hefty chunk of metal, the screwdown caseback is engraved with the makers logo and model.
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.
I remove the rotor and autowind assembly whilst the movement is still in its case.
The movement is now displayed in all its highly decorated glory, plenty of perlage and brushed wheels in there!
With the movement removed it’s time to remove the beautifully finished handset and dial.
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 🙂
Once the dial side’s done I turn it over to continue with the train side.
And it doesn’t take too long before it’s fully stripped ready for cleaning and inspection.
The rebuild starts with a new mainspring.
Look at the beautiful snail graining on the barrel. Lovely 🙂
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….
….which allows me to get the rough timings and adjustments done.
It’s now at the stage where the dial and handset can be refitted.
The movement is recased….
….and the rebuilt autowind mechanism and rotor is refitted.
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.