Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition Watch Review
Wednesday - 26 June 2013
The Hirondelle paddle steamer was the first steam boat to be built entirely in Switzerland. It was launched in Ouchy, Lake Geneva in 1855 and was the largest steam ship in the country at the time.
On June 10th 1862 the Hirondelle hit an underwater rock in Lake Geneva. All 350 passengers survived, but the ship had sank fully by June 30th following a strong storm. The wreckage was found by divers 104 years later, in 1966.
The Oris Hirondelle Limited Edition pays tribute to "a ship of great importance to Swiss culture". It is limited to just 151 pieces, in reference to the number of years since the Hirondelle sank.
It has a titanium case in gunmetal grey PVD coating, and an engraving of the Hirondelle is found on the case back. The black dial has wave detailing and applied indices filled with SuperLumiNova. The sapphire crystal is domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating on the inside.
The Hirondelle Limited Edition is powered by Oris automatic mechanical movement 667. It has a patented 'rotation safety system' to measure dive time, and a top ring with Tungsten inlay and engraved 60 minute scale.
The watch is water resistant to 1000 metres, has a screw-in crown, and an automatic helium valve at 9 o'clock. It comes with a rubber strap and is presented in a wooden gift box.