I still remember my first watch. What am I talking about? I literally have two watches only, a Seiko and a Graham, but I love them all dearly, one was my birthday gift and one was a celebratory watch for being admitted to UBC. I am certain that every watch enthusiast has at least one or two watches for the celebration of something, a job, the birth of a child, or maybe winning the NASCAR, who knows? Today, it is my pleasure to share Joe’s story (@j_jockamotto) and his IWC Aquatimer 3536 with you.
Model: Aquatimer 3536
Diameter: 42 mm
Calibre: IWC caliber 37524 (ETA 2892-A2 based)
Material: Stainless steel
Words from the collector…
Joe bought the Aquatimer himself around 20 years ago when he got his first proper job out of university. One question people often ask me is that ‘why do I even need a watch?’ and I am sure a lot of you can relate to my answer, I often reply ‘it is not always because of the functionality or how good it looks, you wear a watch to remind yourself of a certain story behind it, as memorabilia.”
… that watch has seen more wear from me personally than any other watch I’ll ever own, probably, and I’ll keep it forever because I chose wisely and still love it!Joe (@j_jockamotto)
IWC watches are generally too big for me. It doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate them, I’m just aware that IWC watches may not look as good when it’s on my wrist. However, this 42mm IWC Aquatimer is something else. I don’t think some of you understand how amazing this watch is, produced in the late ’90s to early 2000s, able to dive as deep as 2000 meters deep into the ocean, WITHOUT A HELIUM VALVE! As I said in my the recent Gentleman’s Pick video where I reviewed the IWC Portugieser, this amazing watchmaker started out as a tool watchmaker and it is clearly seen in the aesthetic of the Aquatimer. Simple, functional, sturdy, but it wears beautifully.
The feeling of receiving that first paycheque is amazing, but nothing beats the feeling of SPENDING said paycheque. “I took a long time to choose, as it felt like a huge treat to myself”, Joe said. I think we can collectively agree that there is no wrong answer here, whatever watch you bought in the end, it will end up being one of the dearest watches that you own. However, in reality, we can also agree that Joe made a damn nice decision. The Aquatimer is an absolute classic, the design lies between rugged and expensive; instead of flashy and shiny indices, IWC went with printed luminescent sticks; instead of jazzy colour combination, IWC went with matte black and silver.
[Watches] are like a good pair of shoes, you need to look after them so they look after you.Joe (@j_jockamotto)
During the interview, Joe has made numerous comments on how amazing IWC is and if he could, he would get a few more from them. It is the passion, the enthusiasm, and the love for horology or memories associated with it that makes watches into what they are. You can even tell that Joe was super excited, eyes lit up when he was talking about his first watch and it is collectors like Joe that makes the watch community a better place.
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