Recently, Oris presented a new Limited Edition Diver to commemorate Hirondelle, the first steam ship built entirely in Switzerland. The ship infamously sank into the waters of Lake Geneva on June 10, 1862, after it hit an underwater rock. This newcomer that pays tribute to the Hirondelle steam ship is produced in a limited series of only 151 pieces (one for each year that has passed since the shipwreck).
Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition (the referent number is 667 7645 7294) features an attractive black-and-gray color scheme. The watch is housed in titanium case with gunmetal-gray PVD coating. The top ring features a Tungsten inlay with an engraved 60 minute diving time scale. The case measures 49mm in diameter. It also incorporates a patent “rotation safety system” for the timer top ring.
The new Oris diving watch also features a screw-down crown and case back, an automatic Helium valve which is situated at the 9 o’clock position, a double domed Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on its inside and a water-resistance of up to amazing 1,000 meters (3,300 feet).
The beating heart of the watch is Oris’s automatic mechanical movement – Caliber 667, based on ETA 2897. The movement is compiled on the 21 jewels, has a frequency of 28,800 (4 Hz) vibrations per hour and functions of hours, minutes, seconds, date and power reserve indicator. The impeccable mechanism offers 48 hours of power reserve guaranteeing an optimal precision.
Underneath the front sapphire glass, there is a sleek black dial with a wave pattern and Super-LumiNova filled markers. Some design features on the dial have been inspired by the historic steam ship, such as the power reserve indication disc which has been inspired by the ship’s throttle gauge, along with replica throttle markings FULL, HALF and DEAD. A small black-on-white date window is located at the 3 o’clock position.
The case back of the new Oris timepiece shows the Hirondelle near Montreux with Dents du Midi Mountains in the background. The iconic boat was the largest in the country at the time. Luckily all 350 passengers survived the shipwreck, but the Hirondelle sank fully after a severe storm in July 1862. In 1966, a team of brave divers found the Hirondelle’s wreckage.
The Hirondelle Diver watch is teamed with a rubber divers strap with an adjustable extendable safety clasp. The watch is a perfect choice for experienced divers. Each of 151 pieces will be offered in a dark brown wooden gift box. The Swiss retail price is 4,100 CHF (approximately $4,400).