Swiss watch brand Edox has partnered with the Arqueonautas (company active in the research of shipwrecks and of archaeological surveys) and Indonesia’s Bureau for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, for a survey of what is considered to be the final resting place of five ships of the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, the famed Dutch East India Company.
The fleet drowned in March 1650 onto a reef off the island of Kabaena in Southeast Sulawesi (Indonesia).
The first expedition took place in April. Some interesting and valuable remnants have been found. The Tijger flagship vessel of this fleet is now confirmed to by lying there. A total of 5 shipwrecks have been found and further investigation is now on process in order to identify the other wrecks. The next expedition will take place in November 2017.
Edox is celebrating its partnership with Arqueonautas Fashion Brand, with the release of a new timepiece, the Edox Delfin Fleet 1650 Limited Edition (200 pieces worldwide).
The 43 mm watch, which is water resistant to 200m, features a stunning bronze case, the same material used on the fittings of 17th Century Dutch ships. The watch, a true revival of the vintage Delfin timepiece collection, will of course get its own patina as bronze interacts when in contact with water or moisture.
Powered by an ultra-reliable mechanical Swiss-made movement, the watch has a steel case-back decorated with an historic wind rose that featured in drawings in the documents that led to the last resting place of the ships.
Each watch is also individually numbered and carries an engraved inscription “There is no certainty, there is only adventure.”
Presented in a hand-made leather travel pouch, the Edox Delfin Fleet 1650 Limited Edition also comes with a vintage heritage leather strap and a bi-colour NATO strap.
Model: Edox Delfin Fleet 1650 Limited Edition
Edox mechanical calibre 88
Display of hours, minutes, seconds, day-date
Bronze with rotating aluminium navy bezel
Finishes: Steel caseback with windrose engraving and limited numbering. Special engraving “There is no certainty, there is only adventure”
Water resistance: 200 meters / 20 ATM
Glass: Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective doomed sapphire crystal
Genuine leather strap or NATO strap with Delfin buckle
Limited Edition of 200 pieces worldwide
Presented in its special hand-made leather travel pouch
Original numbered certificate
Available worldwide July 2017