Swiss watch brand welcomes two new models to its professional diving watch collection. The new Blue Shark III Azores models will support the Megalodon Project in partnership with Delma’s ambassador, ocean conservationist and photographer Magnus Lundborg.
Scheduled for summer 2021, the Megalodon shark tagging project will use pioneering research to better understand the life and habitat of magnificent and endangered sea creatures including the elusive Blue Shark which can be found in the abundant waters surrounding the Azores archipelago.
Magnus alongside a team of scientist will conduct a study on marine mega fauna by creating a network of satellite tags and documenting the sharks’ behavior through data collection and photography. Their findings will be used to educate the public and government about the vital role sharks play in the ecosystem in order to cultivate conservation strategies and encourage sustainable solutions.
The Azores is an ideal site for this research as it is a crossover point, both in terms of ecological zones and seasonal migration routes for many big underwater mammals and fish. It is also a key breeding ground, acutely positioned to be cool enough in the summer and warm enough in the winter to harbour essential nutrients and sunlight at all times of year.
The new Blue Shark III models possess textured gradient dials which embody the colors of the subtropical oasis of the Azores at varying depths. The bright blue fading to deep navy and rich turquoise which graduates to vibrant green are reminiscent of the North Atlantic’s range of habitats at varying depths where the participating photographers and scientists will conduct their research and experience the life of endangered sharks and whales firsthand.
The Azores models have the exceptional strength of the original Blue Shark III and can sustain depths of up to 4,000 meters. They are equipped with quintessential divers’ watch attributes including a helium escape valve and unidirectional bezel.
Available with a black DLC or stainless steel bezel, each special Azores model comes in a bespoke Blue Shark box outfitted with custom tools and a rubber strap making them easily adaptable for all conditions.
These new editions give Delma’s renowned Blue Shark series heightened meaning by using their extreme durability and natural beauty to benefit their namesake.
The purchase of each Blue Shark III Azores will directly contribute to the Megalodon Project and ocean conservation efforts. The combination of captivating colors, extreme strength and philanthropic benefit make the new Blue Shark III Azores the ultimate diving watch for those who cherish the splendor and importance of all marine life.
DELMA is an independent and family-owned Swiss watch brand, specializing in the design and manufacturing of sports watches, founded in Lengnau (BE) in 1924. In 1969 DELMA launched their first divers’ watch, the Periscope, and started to develop a wide range of marine watches. In 1975, the Shell Star, the brand’s first professional divers’ watch won the recognition of distinguished divers and solidified the brands dedication to performance timepieces.
The Blue Shark, introduced in 2011, represents the first of three limited edition divers’ watches which pushed contemporary boundaries of strength and design. The Blue Shark II introduced new finishing materials while the evolution of the collection is crowned by the Blue Shark III. Created in 2019 to celebrate DELMA’s 95th anniversary and 50 years of DELMA divers’ watches, it is water resistant to an incredible 4,000 meters.
The Blue Shark III takes on a new meaning in 2021 with the introduction of the Azores editions. These two special dial options embrace their namesake and support ocean conservation.
Model: Blue Shark III Azores
47 mm diameter
18.5 mm thick case
Stainless steel or Stainless steel with DLC coated bezel
Helium escape valve at 9 o’clock
Water resistant to 4,000m / 13,120 ft (Tested and certified by the Swiss PST Laboratory for Product Safety Testing)
Blue gradient dial with black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) unidirectional bezel or green gradient dial with stainless steel unidirectional bezel
Luminescent numerals, indexes and hands
Interchangeable solid stainless steel bracelet + genuine rubber strap
Security screws and custom tools for easy and reliable adjustment
SW200 automatic movement
Self-winding mechanism with ball bearing, frequency 28’800, 26 jewels, power reserve of 38 hours
Central hour, minute, seconds hands and date at 3 o’clock
Natural wooden box outfitted with custom compartments for bespoke tools.
Stainless steel version: CHF 2150 / EUR 2250 / USD 2450
Stainless steel with DLC coated bezel version: CHF 2250 / EUR 2350 / USD 2550