Island Companies presented the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s water sports sector with some great news – and a few gifts – during the monthly sector meeting on Wednesday, 15 August.
The sale of each Oris Kittiwake LE ProDiver Limited Edition Watch means that Island Companies donates US$200 to the association to maintain and preserve the Kittiwake Marine Park. Island Companies presented CITA Executive Director Jane van der Bol with a cheque for CI$3,360 for the watch sales that took place during the first six months of the year.
After the cheque was presented, dive operators that have licensed vessels for the Kittiwake site also received new white boards for their boats. The double-sided boards feature a detailed plan of the ex-USS Kittiwake on one side, which will enhance the dive briefing session that is held before dives at the shipwreck.
An image of the Oris Kittiwake LE ProDiver also features on the side of the board, helping divers to learn more about this limited edition time piece.
Overall, an estimated 35,000 divers and snorkellers have enjoyed the Kittiwake since her deliberate sinking in Grand Cayman.
This has been a great addition to the variety of dive options available in Cayman.
Limited to only 500 pieces, the Oris Kittiwake LE ProDiver was created out of partnership between Oris, Island Companies and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association. For every Oris watch sold, Island Companies makes a US$200 donation to the maintenance and preservation of the Kittiwake artificial reef project. The mechanical room of the sunken ship is dedicated to this partnership, as is indicated by the Oris plaque installed there.
The watch was officially unveiled at the one year anniversary of the sinking on 5 January, 2012.