This is the IWC Aquatimer 2000, reference 3568-02. Introduced in 2009, the 3568 (the 02 suffix denotes the rubber strap version) replaces the internal-bezel 3548 model. Bolder in design, the 3568 retains the ETA-based 30110 movement (2892-A2 base), but upgrades to a sapphire-coated conventional bezel with spectacular six-layer underside SuperLumiNova. It’s also available with replika IWC ure bracelet, a white-dial version, and a limited edition with orange-on-white.
The main crystal is domed and anti-reflective on both sides, but the bezel is mirror flat and un-coated, which makes for interesting reflections and highlights. I love the idea of putting lume on the underside of the bezel; replica IWC watches that combined with the durability of sapphire makes a bezel that’ll remain shiny new for the life of the watch. Brilliant! Even better than the non-lumed Rolex and Omega ceramic bezels. As an aside, there are a handful of other watches with lumed sapphire bezels if you like the look – Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, Omega Ploprof, Bremont Supermarine, and I wouldn’t be surprised if others went this route at Basel 2010 and beyond.
Other than the eye-catching yellow, the case and watch are remarkably lreplica IWC watches ow-key, with predominantly brushed finishing and a lack of reflective surfaces. In person, it’s startlingly low-key due to the mostly-black dial and bezel, and has drawn few