Oris has long been involved in the world of sports, from aviation to auto racing and diving. In fact, the brand has been creating dive watches since the 1960’s, and its timepieces are typically built to withstand the tests of weather, pressure, water and more. Now, they are built to help fight the threat of shark extinction. With the recent release of the Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition watch, the brand gets involved in helping to raise funds for a shark conservation project run by the non-profit organisation Pelagios Kakunjá, and supported by Oris ambassador and professional diver Jérôme Delafosse.
According to research by ocean conservation experts who have tracked the decline of the world’s shark population over the past 50 years, It is estimated that in about 40 years sharks may be extinct. In fact, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global population of Scalloped Hammerheads has declined by nearly 90 per cent over the past three decades. Kakunjá’s newest mission is to discover more about the movements and migratory routes of the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead species in the Eastern Pacific.
“We have to do something about the declining population of the world’s sharks,” says Jérôme Delafosse. “Sharks play a vital role in the life of our oceans and we must do everything we can to ensure their future. It’s our duty to protect them.”
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 to float to the surface of the ocean and transmit collected data to satellites.
Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch Features
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition watch is based on the brand’s second-generation Aquis collection that was unveiled earlier this year. The line is inspired by the original 2011 Aquis but with updated appeal. The 45.5mm stainless steel high-performance watch houses the Oris Caliber 752, an automatic movement with big day and date indications. It offers a uni-directional rotating bezel with a black ceramic inlay, and is water resistant to 500 meters. The rich gray dial of the watch is accented with a blue central seconds hand and a blue minutes scale around the outer edge. The case back is engraved with a hammerhead shark and the limited edition number. Just 2000 pieces will be made. The watch is available for sale starting next month and retails for just about $2,250 on strap and $2,750 on bracelet.
According to Ulrich W. Herzog, Oris Chairman, “This watch is both a stark reminder of the threat facing the world’s shark population, and clear evidence of Oris’s commitment to fighting the extinction of endangered species. We are delighted to be supporting Pelagios Kakunjá and to be working with Oris ambassador Jérôme Delafosse, and we look forward to seeing the results of the project.”
Oris brand ambassador Delafosse will join the expedition, along with conservationists Dr James Ketchum, who is the Pelagios Kakunjá’s Director of Marine Conservation. Also involved in the mission are shark specialist Dr Mauricio Hoyos and record-breaking freediver and underwater photographer Fred Buyle.
Ref. No. 01 752 7733 4183 MB,
- Automatic movement Oris Cal. 752, based on Sellita SW 220-1, with big day and date at 3 o’clock
- Multi-piece stainless steel case, screw-in security crown and crown protection. Water-resistant to 50 bar/500m
- Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with white minute scale on black polished ceramic inlay
- Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
- Screwed stainless steel case back with embossed hammerhead shark andengraved limited edition number
- Grey dial with white/blue minute scale and applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova® Polished nickel hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova®inserts. Blue central seconds hand with Super-LumiNova® ‘lollipop’ insert
- Black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjustsliding-sledge folding clasp. Also available with a stainless steel bracelet
- Special presentation box with an insignia on the inside featuring thehammerhead shark
- Swiss retail price CHF 2,350 on a strap, CHF 2,550 on metal bracelet
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition watch is sold in a special presentation box with an insignia of a hammerhead shark.