Written by: Mike Demertzis
Swiss watch manufacturer Oris, had one of their diving watches securely strapped to the wrist of Carlos Coste as he dived his way into the Guinness book of World Records.
On November 5th 2010 a world record was not only created, but an incredible human achievement was accomplished by Carlos Coste when he successfully completed a 150 meter horizontal dive in 2 minutes and 33 seconds holding his breath. The only two items that assisted this daredevil were a handheld torch that illuminated the treacherous twists and turns of this underwater world and an ‘Oris Chronograph’ divers watch that would enable him in maintaining a steady pace. The dive took place at an area known as “Dos Ojos” (two eyes) in Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is one of the top three under water cave formations in the world with 28 known sinkholes. With only 50.9 miles surveyed, it continues to amaze geologists and thrill seekers alike.
Carlos Coste has been an ardent supporter of Oris divers timepieces and has worn one during some of his other ten world records. To honor his latest achievement, the Swiss manufacturer decided to create the “Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Chronograph” that is a unique creation compared to the other watches in the Oris divers collection. It is accentuated by a number of new features that are sure to impress the few lucky individuals that will own one of the 2000 pieces manufactured. In addition to a glowing minute marker it has a triangle over the 2.5 minute mark that denotes this new “World Record” and is water resistant to 500 meters. It is encased in Titanium and includes a precision Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 along with the Oris signature ‘red rotor’ movement.
Aside from sponsoring the athletic prowess of individuals, Oris is also a proponent of World Conservation Movements and partners with a number of organizations. Oris and Scuba Diving Magazine just created a program called ‘Sea Heroes’ to support and bring attention to the dedicated efforts of men and women that help protect the worlds oceans and marine sanctuaries. On December 1st 2011 they recognized Shawn Heinrichs for his shark conservation work. He was chosen among a group of “Sea Heroes” at the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) show in Orlando, Florida. He received a $5000 dollar grant and a divers chronograph from Oris to aid in his continued marine conservation efforts.