The dimeric title copper(II) complex, diaqua-1κO,2κO-bis[3,9-dimethyl-6-(2-pyridylmethyl)-4,8-diazaundeca-3,8-diene-2,10-dione dioximato(1–)]-1k4N2,N4,N8,N10;1:2κ5O2:N2,-N4,N8,N10-dicopper(II) diperchlorate, [Cu2(C17H24N5O2)2]-(ClO4)2, crystallizes with one Cu atom in a square-pyramidal environment and the other Cu atom displaying a distorted octahedral coordination. In each case, the four N atoms in the core of the ligand (two imine and two oxime N atoms) form the base of the pyramid, with a water molecule at an apex. The two parts of the dimer are linked by an interaction [2.869 (2) Å] between one of the Cu atoms and one of the oxime O atoms coordinated to the second Cu atom, and also by a hydrogen bond between the apical water molecule on the second Cu atom and the pyridyl N atom from the coordination sphere of the first Cu atom. The pyridyl N atoms of the lariat arms are not coordinated to either of the Cu atoms. Thus, this potentially pentadentate ligand is only tetradentate when coordinated to CuII.