Captain Paul Watson closeup face

The Sea Shepherd Challenge

“A sailor’s first storm is a nightmarish thing which strikes fear into his heart and soul, but, once passed, it shows just how sweet life really is.”
Paul Watson

Legend has it that after gazing into the eyes of a dying whale, Paul Watson made a lifelong vow to defend all the sea’s creatures. Since 1977, on each of his expeditions for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society — the NGO that he founded, he traverses the oceans to keep his promise and protect the world’s marine ecosystems.

We were deeply honored when the Captain chose Artisans de Genève for his personalization, allowing us to contribute to this noble cause. This is why we pushed ourselves and the limits of technology in developing our very first watchmaking complication: a lunar phase module added to the Captain’s Rolex® Submariner® Date.
Artisans de Genève is an independent company specialized in the personalization of timepieces. We are not affiliated with ROLEX SA nor authorized by them to intervene on their products for any reason whatsoever. This personalization was ordered by a customer, who owns a Rolex® timepiece, for his private use. It is an example of our know-how and the personalization services we offer at our customers' request.

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a sketch of a Submariner® case
sketch of a white gold rotor
sketch of a blue dial with aventurine
sketch of a steel crown with a blue line

Paul Watson’s
Inspirations

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Base Rolex ® 116610
Steel bezel with an aventurine insert
Aventurine dial, enamel moon phase disc, hand-engraved silver moons.
Beveled, circular-grained, hand polished 3135 Movement. Additional moon phase module.
White gold rotor, aventurine insert.
Crown with blue trim
Laser engraved casing with polished edges.
Sapphire glass back
Waterproof up to 300 meters
.Close up of Artisans de Genève moonphase with blue dial
Side view of the Sea Shepherd Challenge
Close up of Captain Paul Watson watch, the sea shepherd challenge

A Dialogue with
the Stars

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Paul Watson has spent most of his life at sea and like all seafarers, he has learned to trust in the elements; to find his way using the night’s sky, and to predict the tides by watching the Moon.Over the years, he has formed a special relationship with the stars and this was the project’s starting point. We embodied this by creating a horological complication: an additional moon cycle module revealed in the aventurine dial opening.

Focus

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Bezel

The steel bezel is enhanced by an aventurine insert, carved by hand.

Dial

The dial is modified to include an aventurine glass that recalls the night’s sky. It harbors a handmade Grand Feu enamel disc that reveals two moons, engraved by hand.

Rotor

The white gold rotor has an aventurine insert, evoking the magic of starry nights.
“A Time for
Reflection
Captain Paul Watson
When I was just a little boy
Years before I went to sea.
Each day was filled with youthful joy
Lovely and carefree.

I measured time by the moon and sun
And distance by the stars.

Salvation came to me one day
Reflected in Leviathan’s eye.

I saw his truth, felt his pain
And my life was rearranged,
I was reborn that dark day when he was slain,
My chart, my course, forever changed.

In the sea dwells a larger brain,
An intelligence in the abyss
A life that feels both joy and pain,
A mind we can’t dismiss.

All that dwell upon this blue, white sphere
Are interdependent with each other,
It’s our extinction that I fear
If we don’t respect our mother.
With love, with hope we must venture,
Towards our shared uncertain future.

We are so small under distant stars,
Yet strong when we’re together.
Captain Paul Watson boat uniform
The Sea Shepherd Challenge 3135 back movement
Side view of The Sea Shepherd challenge
The Sea Shepherd Challenge watch

A Horological
Adventure

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Inspired by the sea and stars, Paul Watson’s customized timepiece is submerged in the deep blue of the night’s sky, illuminated by the starlight of the aventurine dial and its bezel’s insert. The sides of the case are engraved, the outline are satin finished and the interior sandblasted. The bevels are polished by hand with a mirror finish. The movement is angled, circular-grained, and polished by hand. It has an extra moon cycle made from Grand-Feu enamel — an ancient savoir-faire that is entirely handmade.
The Sea Shepherd Challenge moonphase
Artisans de Genève is an independent company specialized in the personalization of timepieces. We are not affiliated with ROLEX SA nor authorized by them to intervene on their products for any reason whatsoever. This personalization was ordered by a customer, who owns a Rolex® timepiece, for his private use. It is an example of our know-how and the personalization services we offer at our customers' request.

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Some of our
Past Challenges

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You can discover below some challenges that we took for our clients. We are ready to take the one you will give us on your own favorite timepiece.