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IWC PORSCHE DESIGN OCEAN 2000 BUND 3519 AMAG 3755 TITANIUM

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IWC PORSCHE DESIGN OCEAN 2000 BUND 3519 AMAG 3755 TITANIUM
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Stock # SKU17774
Stock # 17774
Model Name Porsche Design Ocean 2000 Bund
Brand
Model Ref # 3519
Condition
Gender Mens
Movement Automatic
Case Titanium
Case Shape Round
Case Size 43mm
Crystal
Band / Strap Strap
Dial Black
Caseback Solid
Complications Date
Year
Additional Information With Original Papers (Instruction Manual is a copy of the archived original) , Box, Hangtag and Original Screwdriver (including extra screws).
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Description
We are proud to offer one of the most coveted and rarest of all dive watches; The IWC BUND OCEAN 2000 PORSCHE DESIGN, reference 3519, AMAG 3755 (DIE MIENENTAUCHERUHR – THE MINE- SWEEPERS DIVE WATCH).

A brief history;

The IWC ref. 3519, Bund stock no. 6645-12-199-3503, is the result of an intense collaboration between the German Bundeswehr (army), Porsche Design and IWC, which was commissioned in the 1980’s to produce a watch for the German Navy elite divers unit, the minesweepers.

It would be the last watch by Iwc specifically designed for military use. Iwc, with its long and established history in military watches and breakthroughs in manufacturing watches that would withstand extreme magnetic exposure, seemed a natural candidate for the job.

The 3519 was one of several variations by IWC/Porsche Design that were created for the German Military. However, it was the 3519, that went through the most rigorous testing and quality control.

The 3519 had to be fitted with a special movement, a modified ETA 2892 which would be known as the IWC Cal. 3755 Amag. The Cal 3755 Amag was treated with an antimagnetic finish and a beryllium balance was installed. In addition, the steel ball bearings for the rotor were replaced by jewels to assure further resistance to magnetic exposure. In fact, none of the components in this particular movement are made of stainless steel, including the screws!

To insure that each watch met the demands by its contractor, further testing and approval were required and had to be completed at a separate Bundeswehr facility in Northern Germany.

The dial was treated with additional luminous tritium, indicated by the red circled “3H” on the dial.

Each watch has been tested to a depth of 300 meters.

Upon completion, each watch had to go through further control protocol at IWC and a final inspection by a special Bundeswehr tester.

Few, if any watches, have had to go through such a labor extensive process before having been released. The total number of production samples is not known, however, it has been indicated by various sources, that no more than 50 examples of the 3519 were ever produced! Of those 50 watches, only about 13 are known to be in existence, of which no more than 8 are in private collection, the others still being used by the German Marine and dispatched to the most dangerous mine-sweeping operations.

It is safe to say, that the IWC ref 3519, AMAG 3755, stands alone in its status of technical achievement. Although more than 20 years have passed, since the introduction of this watch, no other watch has since then gone through as much research and testing as this watch.

Our example of the IWC Ocean 2000, ref 3519, AMAG 3755 is one of these few legendary watches, in mint+ condition. The titanium case measures 43mm x 11.5, excluding the screw down crown.

The dial and hands are mint with the original tritium. The grey nylon velcro strap is in mint condition and original to this watch, just the way it was issued to the military. The original hangtag with serial # is included, the original screw driver (including four original titanium screws, which are stored inside the screw driver) as well as the original papers and a copy of the original instruction manual.

This is one of the rarest and most important military time pieces, you will find!

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