There are more creatures in Australia that will happily kill you than anywhere else on earth, but none is more deadly than the box jellyfish, known by Aborigines as the Irukandji.
Australian father and son duo, MAS Watches are so much in awe of the Irukandji they’ve named their first ever dive watch after it, and it’s available now on Kickstarter.
Brisbane-based Matthew Francis and his young son, Tate, formed MAS Watches (an acronym for Matthew & Son from the famous Cat Stevens hit of the 1960s), this year with the goal of sharing their joint passion for timepieces with watch enthusiasts around the world.
The Irukandji jellyfish, from which their first dive watch takes its inspiration, is a small but extremely venomous little varmint, indigenous to the North Eastern coast of Australia. Irukandji have the ability to fire stingers from the tips of their tentacles and inject deadly venom. We’ve covered quite a few divers dedicated to scary sharks and stingrays, but the Irukandji is the deadliest sea creature of them all with 69 deaths and numerous stings recorded since records began.
Meet The Irukandji Diver
Matthew believes a dive watch should be the cornerstone of any good watch collection. The 42mm Irukandji is a robust pressure tested functional diver, made only from quality components. Its design elements reflect those of the ‘sun and surf’ lifestyle of Australia’s Gold Coast while the domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating resembles the box jellyfish’s body shape. The four tapered, angled lugs are reminiscent of the Irukandji’s deadly tentacles.
Made from brushed 316L stainless steel, the Irukandji has been built with a range of premium dive watch features usually found only in more high-priced offerings.
These include a 120-click unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert, a screw down crown at 10 o’ clock or 4 o’clock based on your choice, and 200 meters water resistance. The tapered case makes the watch extremely comfortable to wear even on smaller wrists, whether on land or at sea. Turn the watch over and there’s another quality touch, the case back reveals an oil pressed brushed and polished representation of the Irukandji jellyfish.
Choose Your Poison
Choose from “Deadly” Black, “Reef” Blue and “Stinger” Pink. Each color has a sunburst effect on the dial.
The watch, which comes with a two-year warranty, is powered by the Seiko NH35 a highly reliable “workhorse” movement which just never gives up.
The Irukandji also comes with two strap options: A two-piece nylon strap matching the dial and a “tropic” or canvas patterned strap. Buyers will also have the option of a stainless-steel bracelet at an additional cost.
The MAS Watches Irukandji Kickstarter campaign is now live, with special early-bird rates available for customers eager to get their hands on a piece at a price that won’t sting!
Early bird price: US$230