Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition
S.O.S – Save Our Sharks
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition has been produced to ‘play a significant role in the conservation of the hammerhead shark.’ However, as Angus Davies reveals, ‘beyond its noble objectives, this timepiece is a sublime diver’s watch.’
Despite sharks having a fearsome reputation, they are more likely to suffer harm at the hands of humans. Regrettably, the number of sharks has drastically fallen and some experts predict that some species will eventually become extinct.
The fate of many sharks can be attributed to the desire of some individuals for shark’s fin soup. In this instance, the fin is cut from the body of the shark and the dying carcass is often returned to the sea.
Another major cause of the dwindling numbers of sharks relates to the fishing of tuna. The nets pulled by trawlers not only catch tuna but, regrettably, some sharks too. It is for this reason that line caught tuna is preferable.
Oris is working closely with the ‘non-profit organisation Pelagios Kakunjá, and supported by Oris ambassador and professional diver Jérome Delafosse’. The objective of Pelagios Kakunjá is to research the migration routes of the scalloped hammerhead, a shark which is heavily endangered.
Recently, I spoke to Jérome Delafosse and he explained that the movements of some scalloped hammerheads are being monitored using MiniPAT satellite transmitters. The transmitters harmlessly affix to the shark and gather data for six to nine months. Thereafter, the MiniPAT detaches automatically from the shark and the device floats to the surface where the data it has captured is transmitted to satellites. The cost of each MiniPAT is approximately $4000 and Oris watches are meeting this cost as part of its work for this worthy cause.
It is by learning more about the migratory routes of sharks that Pelagios Kakunjá can ‘understand sharks better and advise government agencies on fishing practices.’
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition, restricted to 2000 pieces, shares much with the ‘second-generation Aquis collection, also launched this year.’ and has been created to ‘help fight the threat of sharp extinction’.
The dial is presented in a glorious grey hue. A sunray motif causes the dial to dance with light, creating beguiling pockets of brilliance and shade.
The hour and minute hands are lined with white Super-LumiNova which produce a green emission in restricted light. The central sweep seconds hand is blue and features a white ‘lollipop’ insert.
Luminescent batons denote the hours. They are beautifully executed with faceted, highly polished surfaces. At the centre of each index is a slither of white luminescent fill. The chapter ring consists of crisp white minute markings and blue Arabic numerals at 5-minute intervals.
At 3 o’clock, two apertures are employed to proclaim the day and the date.
Everything is crisp, clean and wonderfully legible. Moreover, beyond its practical prowess, the dial is simply stunning and seduces with its gorgeous appearance.
The case is formed of several parts and is crafted in stainless steel. It measures 45.5mm in diameter, looking both substantial and fabulously handsome. The uni-directional bezel is highly polished and features a white minute track with a ceramic insert.
Appraising the case-band, the crown nestles between the shoulders of a crown protection device. Both the crown protector and the bracelet are held secure with unusual bolts, featuring a three-legged slot.
The bracelet is highly polished with satin brushed links. It feels both solid and incredibly smooth, mitigating the chance of snagging on flesh or clothing. The folding clasp features a two-button release and shuts with a reassuringly positive action. The bracelet oozes quality from its matchless form, reinforcing the perception of quality.
Gracing the rear of the case is a highly polished depiction of a hammerhead shark in relief, surrounded by a wave motif.
The watch is also available on a black rubber strap, but having been supplied with a version of the Hammerhead Limited Edition on a steel bracelet, I would personally favour the latter option. It just bestows a wonderful tactility, usurping some bracelets on watches costing twice as much.
Needless to say for a diver’s watch, the water resistance is suitable for a wide array of aquatic activities. The maximum water resistance is 500 metres.
The self-winding Oris Cal. 752 is said to have ‘been developed by Oris’ and is based on the Sellita SW 220-1. The frequency of the balance is 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 26 jewels. The power reserve is sufficient to provide 38 hours of autonomy.
There is no doubt, that the work by Pelagios Kakunjá is of vital importance in the conservation of hammerhead sharks. However, beyond its noble objectives, this timepiece is also a sublime diver’s watch.
The dial is incredibly handsome with its grey tones, while remaining highly legible and practical. Interpreting the various functions also proves very user-friendly.
The case feels capable of post-apocalyptic survival. It appears supremely strong and the bezel turns with a pleasingly positive action. The bracelet is especially impressive with its smooth finishing, tasteful pairing of highly polished and satin-brushed surfaces and the reassuring click of its secure deployant clasp.
The movement is hidden from view, as etiquette dictates for a diver’s watch, hence no evaluation can be made on the quality of finishing. Nevertheless, the Swiss movement proffers the convenience of automatic winding.
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition is an incredibly impressive watch, especially considering its modest asking price of £2020. As shown above, this timepiece has a multitude of qualities which recommend it for consideration. However, should you decide to purchase this watch you can be safe in the knowledge that some of its asking price will be used to purchase MiniPAT tags that hopefully will help to prevent the extinction of sharks.
• Model: Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition
• Reference: 01 752 7783 4183 MB
• Case: Stainless steel; diameter 45.5mm; sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
• Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; day; date.
• Movement: Oris Calibre 752, Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz) 26 jewels; power reserve minimum 38 hours.
• Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp
• Price: £2020 (RRP as at 10.5.2017)