Swiss watchmaker Oris recently announced the 2000 piece Hammerhead Limited Edition dive watch, based on the second-generation Aquis collection launched earlier this year, with a portion of the funds going to help fund a shark conservation project run by non-profit organization Pelagios Kakunjá, and supported by Oris ambassador and professional diver Jérôme Delafosse.
“Pelagios Kakunjá’s mission is to understand movements and migratory pathways of marine top predators. Its latest project will look to learn more about migration routes of the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) species of shark in the Eastern Pacific. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global population of Scalloped Hammerheads has declined by up to 90 percent over the last 30 years.
Project scientists will tag sharks using MiniP A T satellite transmitters funded by Oris. Each transmitter will track the sharks for six to nine months before being automatically released on a set date and floating to the surface, from where they will transmit collected data to satellites. This data will help scientists understand sharks better so they can advise government agencies on fishing practices. Fishing is one of the greatest threats to sharks, which can become entangled in nets while feeding.
Jérôme will join the expedition together with fellow conservationists Dr. James Ketchum, Pelagios Kakunjá’s Director of Marine Conservation; shark specialist Dr. Mauricio Hoyos, who filmed the largest Great White Shark ever captured on film; and record-breaking freediver and underwater photographer Fred Buyle.”
The Hammerhead case measures 45.5 mm in diameter and features a blue central seconds hand and a blue minutes scale around the outer edge of its gray dial, and a uni-directional bezel with a black ceramic inlay. The watch is powered by a Sellita SW 220-1 automatic movement.
The dial is protected by a double domed sapphire crystal. The screwed stainless steel caseback caseback features an embossed hammerhead shark and engraved limited edition number. The screw-down crown has crown guards to prevent inadvertent unlocking of the crown. Water-resistance is 500 meters.
The Aquis Hammerhead Limited edition is available with either a black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp or a stainless steel bracelet. (Ref. No. 01 752 7733 4183 MB) Pricing is CHF 2,350 on a strap, CHF 2,550 on the metal bracelet.