Edox Fleet 1650 – Expedition Report


The expedition conducted by AWW (Arqueonautas) and the Indonesia’s Bureau for the Protection of Cultural Heritage took place a few days ago in the crystal clear waters of Kabaena, Southeast Sulawesi (Indonesia). The goal was to certify that the Tijger flagship, which sank in 1650, lies there and, to find some other possible shipwrecks of the other ships belonging to the Ternate fleet.

The results of the expedition have exceeded from far all expectations. Relevant cultural material was discovered, additional tumuli were observed and a total of seven shipwrecks were found (4 shipwrecks were initially planned to be found). All remnants are now at a conservation facility of the government in Makassar for further investigation. The next expedition is planned in November 2017 and will focus mostly on a possible trail-excavation of the Tijger wreckage and on the seven new shipwrecks inspection.

edox-fleet-1650-88004_3_-nin_pr_hiresEdox is supporting this project of saving maritime cultural heritage and is releasing the new Delfin Fleet 1650 Limited Edition. Limited to 300 pieces worldwide, this new timepiece is a true tribute to the vintage Delfin timepiece collection born in 1961 and perfectly makes the link with this thrilling adventure of the research of the five lost ships of the Ternate fleet in 1650.

Edox Delfin Fleet 1650 Limited Edition – Edox mechanical calibre 88 – Display of hours, minutes, seconds, day and date – Diameter 43mm – Stainless steel case with black aluminium bezel – Steel caseback with windrose engraving and limited numbering – Water resistance of 200m – Genuine leather strap or NATO – Special hand-made leather pouch with original numbered certificate . Available worldwide July 2017.

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Lex Stolk studied Journalism in Utrecht and it was during his time as a student he developed a passion for mechanical watches. He has spent his entire career in the publishing industry working for a wide range of publications before entering the watch world professionally seven years ago. His work for several watch publications made it possible for him to combine his love for both watches and magazines.