Porsche Design watches under the IWC banner were seriously purposeful-looking watches. They were often made from titanium and featured instrument-like black dials. Porsche Design talks of cars, but at this time, they were keen to demonstrate that they were a design firm. So, any relationship to the cars was somewhat coincidental, although a number of the watches looked like Porsche gauges. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche actually designed the titanium 42mm IWC Porsche Design Ocean 2000. It is a very unorthodox-looking dive watch. It lacks bezel numerals and the bracelet is unlike most you’d find on a diver.

The lack of numerals make it non-ISO6425 compliant, but Germany’s combat divers decided to use it as their official watch. What was fantastic about these watches is that they were only 10.5mm thick and still good down to a depth 2000 meters. Plus, with that lovely bracelet, it just looks like art. The sculptured titanium case housed an ETA 2892 automatic movement.

The IWC Porsche Design Ocean 2000 was made for an astonishingly long period, lasting from from 1982 to 1998. This example, dating to circa 1996 is in excellent condition with minimal signs of wear, and the Tritium dial has aged to a beautiful orange patina, so coveted by the collectors. The watch is provided with original booklet package including Service booklet, bracelet booklet and Porsche Design by IWC booklets.