IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Digital Date-Month watches and a poster for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

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Movies, it seems, are becoming a key launchpad for IWC. In last year’s hit action flick Top Gun: Maverick, the young pilots recruited to the Top Gun programme sported STFI (Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor)-edition IWC Pilot’s Watches. That detail is true to life: These timepieces are only available to Top Gun students and instructors in real life.

The watch brand’s latest celluloid inspiration is a lot more of a departure from reality, but no less compelling. Tying up with Warner Bros Picture’s latest action flick, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, IWC is launching new editions of its Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, inspired by prop watches it created for the film.

Played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Black Manta wears an IWC watch that glows red.
Played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Black Manta wears an IWC watch that glows red. (Photo: IWC)

The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman, the new film sees characters Black Manta (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Dr Stephen Shin (Randall Park) engaging in villainy while wearing watches that brightly glow red or blue. Unfortunately, while you can’t have those prop timepieces (yet?), you can avail yourself of the complex dive watches inspired by them.

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Played by Randall Park, Dr Stephen Shin wears an IWC watch that glows blue. (Photo: IWC)

There are two limited editions of the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, each limited to 25 pieces. While both timepieces feature black dials and hands, they are differentiated by Super-LumiNova in blue or red. The lume can be found on the dial, hands, and internal unidirectional rotating bezel.

The IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month created in partnership with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
The IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month watches created in partnership with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. (Photo: IWC)

While both timepieces are big with diameters of 49mm — the standard size of similar Aquatimer perpetual calendar models — their weight is checked by a lightweight case made of Ceratanium. Uniting ceramic and titanium, this IWC patented alloy offers the toughness of titanium along with the scratch-resistance of ceramic, and of course, the well-established lightness of both. Here, it has been used for the case, caseback rings, crowns and pushers.

IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Digital Date-Month with blue lume.
IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Digital Date-Month with blue lume. (Photo: IWC)

Powering these timepieces is the in-house 89802 calibre, a self-winding movement with a 68-hour power reserve. This watch has a couple of distinctive features: Firstly, it has unusual digital displays for the date and month, which work via rotating discs that are visible through the honeycomb mesh dial. Secondly, the watch also includes a chronograph function, which shows the elapsed hours and minutes in the subdial at 12 o’clock.

The watches come on a black rubber strap with a Ceratanium pin buckle. But like all Aquatimers, they feature the brand’s quick-change system, so owners can easily switch out their straps.

The Aquatimer Perpetual Digital Date-Month retails for $89,800.

IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Digital Date-Month with red lume.
IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Digital Date-Month with red lume. (Photo: IWC)