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The Calypso comes along for the Dive: IWC Cousteau Divers 2008

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IWC "Cousteau Divers" 2008

 

This is the 2008 special edition IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Cousteau Divers “A tribute to Calypso” which incorporates a stilysed picture of the research vessel on the backcase.

The Calypso, the legendary research vessel of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, was a converted minesweeper, as afficionado’s are aware from countless films.

Like the standard model this "Cousteau Diver" has the useful, supplementary function of a rotating inner bezel that is indispensable for diving, but which can only be rotated

in a single direction for safety reasons. The chronograph reset button at 4.00 is designed with a dual function –

as a crown for adjusting the unidirectional rotating bezel and, at the same time, as a reset button for the chronograph.

 

Amazingly some specifications for this watch sourced out at Toro (thx Toro) for a nice price are the same as for the gen:

- Glass: sapphire, convex, anti-reflective
- Crown: screwed
- Case diameter: 44 mm
- Case height: 15 mm
- Weight: 146 g

 

The AR is amazing and it wears comfortable, nice sweeping secs at 9, daydate function and a blue dial that is just fantastic light blue in the sunshine, deeper blue inside

or in the evening. Really should have gone for this long before. Very good time keeping and outstanding power-reserve.

Nice chronominute change when the second hand hits 12. This will see a lot of wrist-time this Spring/Summer. Enjoy the pics.

 

Just look at this....protective covers still on the chronopushers:)

 

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I very nearly pulled the trigger on the earlier orange version. Starting to rethink that plan! Great watch, love the freshness of that colour pop. Thanks for sharing.

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10th February 2015, also revisited a Year later, almost on the spot. It´s a timeless and fine Chronograph, only things I can point out is I´d like to easily change the strap on it by not having a special/unique size and the lume could be much better. Otherwise the A7750 movement is running strong, the AR coating is fantastic and the design/coulours quite unique. The next Summer can arrive:)

 

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It is indeed a super rep! I've got the 2006 version with eta movt.

I love the watch but absolutely hate the rubber strap! Just not as supple as vulcanised rubber

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