In October 2011, strange activity was observed off the coast of El Hierro, the most southwestern of the Spanish-owned Canary Islands. Patches of pale-colored water began appearing, dead fish floated on the ocean surface, and locals noted a strong smell of sulphur in the air.
It turned out that these were the first signs of a submarine volcanic eruption, some 1,000 meters below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. The eruption continued until March the following year, leaving the cone of the volcano just 86 metres below the water’s surface.
Oris is delighted to announce that it has partnered with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) to support three student scholarships at the Faculty of Marine Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).
The travel scholarships will be open to those studying for a Master’s degree in oceanography and will include internships which will be framed to the Master thesis project in relation to the El Hierro volcano. Despite being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2000, the volcanic El Hierro is the least studied of the Canary Islands. Funds for Oris’s contribution to the scholarship will be raised through sales of the Oris El Hierro Limited Edition watch.
Limited Edition of 2,000 Pieces
The case, in stainless steel black DLC, measures 43mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 300 meters. It has an unidirectional rotating bezel with red and grey minute scale on a black ceramic inlay. The caseback features an embossing of the submarine volcano at El Hierro island and its coordinates.
Movement is the Swiss automatic Oris caliber 733 (base Sellita SW 200-1) with 26 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours.
It comes on a black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp coated in steel black DLC.
The Oris El Hierro Limited Edition comes in a special presentation box with an insignia of the El Hierro submarine volcano. MSRP is 1,950 Swiss Francs and will be available in May 2016.