In 1981, the great Günter Blümlein became IWC’s CEO and expanded its collaboration with Porsche Design. The result was the legendary Reference 3500, the Porsche Design “Ocean 2000”, that featured a titanium case and a design that appealed to a younger generation of watch enthusiasts. This and subsequent models made in conjunction with Porsche Design would be incredibly popular, but like all good things, they come to an end. That is where the GST Aquatimer line of watches comes into play. The GST (Gold Steel Titanium) family of watches launched in 1998 filled the gap for sleek modernist sporting watches after the association with Porsche Design ended. The line was a huge success for IWC and brought them into the modern era in a big way. The model line would go on to spawn such famous models as the original reference 3536, the Deep One, and chronograph rattrapante just to name a few.
The Case and Bracelet
The 40mm stainless steel case on a stainless steel bracelet is in good condition. The design is distinctively modern with sharp edges, beefy lugs, and an integrated stainless steel bracelet with tapered H links that opens and closes with a fold over clasp with single push button safety. The bracelet will fit a 7 inch wrist. As a nod to the ocean-going nature and history of the GST line the crown is signed with a fish.
The Dial and Hands
The silver dial with gold hands and indices is in excellent condition. It features a day & date window, small seconds subdial, tachymeter bezel and has hand sticks style markers. As a wonderful detail, the bezel includes International Watch Co. in the company’s vintage script.
This watch features an automatic IWC caliber 7922 chronograph movement with display for the day & date and hacking small seconds, based on ETA / Valjoux 7750. The watch is running and the service history is not known.
|Location||New York City|
|Model||GST Aquatimer Chronograph|
|Movement||Automatic IWC caliber 7922 (ETA / Valjoux 7750)|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|