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IWC Porsche Design Ocean 2000


When I say integrated sports watch, you almost imagine a RO, Nautilus, or Overseas. You almost certainly do not imagine a Laureato, Octo Finissimo (despite it holding all the records today), or this: an imaginative 1980s diver with a full integrated titanium bracelet. This is a under-hyped, comparatively economic, materially innovative, 1980s diver with tritium and Porsche on the dial. In addition, it won military contracts with its practical charm. If that package doesn’t turn you on at least a little bit, you’re probably reading the wrong site.


This Ocean 2000 was genuinely penned by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the same who designed the original 911. That’s a bit special as pedigree goes. The wafer-like case is a bit of a UFO, with a highly scalloped bezel that meets no ISO 6425 standards. That said, it was good enough for combat diver contracts which it later won with multiple nations, mostly sold to the German Navy. Its 42mm case effectively extends into a bracelet link, giving a totally coherent design right up there with the best integrated takes. The entire package is realized in titanium for a feather wrist weight. The water resistance was engineered to a deeply impressive 2000 meters. It is powered by a quite well-modified ETA 2892, which IWC called the 3752-1. The dial was signed by IWC and Porsche. Though the Octo Finissimo may be the most modern sports offering, this was the 1980’s best effort. And that’s just damn cool.


This example is a beauty. The titanium case is remarkably under-scratched for what one would expect. Its bracelet is tight and not marred by use from what is pictured. Its dial has golden pumpkin tritium, echoed in the handset. It is standard for these not to match exactly, the hands are normally lighter in shade. Its movement has been recently regulated and had a once over. It comes from a reputable retailer.

Find this Ocean 2000 here from Bulang & Sons for 6000 EUR.

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