Well I got a chance to see one in person yesterday and I really like it.
Just a couple of questions for you guys. I see on IWC's site they state that the bracelet has a "double push button safety".
Is this a recent development? Because all of the photos I've seen online they only have a little tab on the 9 o'clock side of the clasp and the one that I handled yesterday was the same with only one tab to release the clasp.
I also have a couple of questions regarding servicing.
1. How much is a service
2. How often is it recommended?
3. Do they have a US service center the salesman told me they do but I just want to be sure.
Also I would like to Congratulate IWC for not making a huge bracelet. Most watches that I try on have bracelets that come from the factory sized for Arnold Schwarzenegger. I have 7" wrists and the Aquatimer is the first watch that I have tried on that didn't rest around my knuckles.
I also tried on one with the rubber strap. Personally I'm a bracelet guy and would buy the watch on bracelet because I've read about how expensive they are to purchase separately. But I actually liked the rubber strap and also think that it's cool how easy it is for you to switch between strap and bracelet yourself without tools. Does anybody know the MSRP for the rubber strap? I might buy that and switch off between them. The only bad thing I can say about the rubber is I wish that it came on a deployment instead of a buckle.
Overall I'm highly impressed with this watch and seriously considering picking one up. The other contender is an Omega PO 8500 but since I already have a 2500 PO I was thinking that the IWC would be cooler because it is totally different. I still haven't decided 100% yet so we will see.