Blackwater Limited Edition X Swedish Sea Rescue Society
The limited edition Blackwater is developed for the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. We are incredibly proud to get the opportunity to create this truly unique watch and at the same time get to benefit this great organization.
Both dial and case back feature the SSRS logo
The Swedish Sea Rescue Society - The story
In the early 1900’s, Swedish sea rescue was in such a bad shape that is often was used as a international warning example.
In 1903, the Swedish coast line was ravaged by severe storms that caused the death of many people. The same year a world congress on sea rescue was held in Germany. There Sweden, together with Greece, was highlighted for particularly poor rescue service for shipwrecked mariners.
Participant in this conference was Swedish Albert Isakson, at the time a shipbuilding engineer at English Lloyd. Determined to do something about this poor situation, he traveled back home to Sweden to spread the word and make a change.
The Swedish government showed no interest in Albert’s vision of an effective national sea rescue. Instead, he gathered private representatives of Swedish shipping for a meeting in Stockholm on June 1, 1907. After the meeting an organization had been formed - Svenska Sällskapet för Räddning af Skeppsbrutne (SSRS) or The Swedish Sea Rescue Society.
Ten years after the forming of the organization, in 1917 there were 4770 members and a total of 11 rescue vessels.
Fast forward 100 years and those numbers have risen to 111.000 members and over 200 vessels of different kinds, but most importantly there are now 2319 rescue workers in the organization who constantly put their own lives at risk for the sake of others, totally voluntarily.
The Swedish Sea Rescue Society participates in around 80% of all sea rescue operations in Sweden, that’s quite an extraordinary number.
A watch that will save lives
When we got the OK from SSRS to proceed with project Blackwater back in 2017, we were over the moon! Growing up just by the sea SSRS have always been around and contributing to a feeling of safety even during the roughest of autumn storms when out sailing.
For us to launch Blackwater as a limited edition of only 300 watches that will benefit their work is our way of saying thank you for all their hard work and also a way of offering our customers a very special watch.
For every watch sold we will donate the equivalent value of one years membership to the SSRS. That means that you won’t only have a very special watch, you will also help saving lives.
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