Josh wanted his Aquatimer serviced, and he said that there was water inside the watch. Now of all the watches in the world, an Aquatimer isn’t the one that you expect water to be inside – you just want it outside 😉 But there it is, and through the crystal, I can already see water.
And here is the culprit – Mr. “H04” and a case back gasket that wasn’t in place properly. That means the watch was put together without waterproof testing at the end. There is a lot of water on the case back, and I hope there isn’t too much damage.
It’s been a while since the water has penetrated the case – there is already some rust building on the balance cock. If you ever flood a watch, it is essential to have it opened to dry it out as soon as possible. If you are on holidays, get somebody local just to open it up, and dry it out before you take it back home.
The movement is marked as C37524, but this is of course an ETA2892. There is a lot of marketing blurb around what IWC does with the movement, but I don’t think it’s put together by chanting Tibetan monks in Schaffhausen. My guess is that it’s a top grade ETA, shipped in a big container, already stamped as an IWC, with the rotor engraving, coming straight out of the ETA factory. I could be wrong, and the guys in Schaffhausen do all sorts of things with the movement before putting it together themselves, but I have my doubts. Why use a standard movement do do that? You might as well use one of your own, and IWC has no shortage of in-house movements. If IWC wants to invite me to Schaffhausen to prove me wrong, I’ll happily go there and report back what I have seen. 😉
An Aquatimer without the aqua – that’s better!