American watchmaker Michael Kobold, along with one of my favorite actors, James Gandolfini, are auctioning an incredible one-of-a-kind Soarway Diver SEAL package for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina victims. Since the American Red Cross is endorsing the auction, I’m assuming the proceeds will go to them, which I believe is the worthiest cause that exists right now.
The Kobold Soarway SEAL Avantgarde is one of the most robust watches I have seen. It is waterproof to 1,000 meters (3,300 feet), and is engineered to resist just about anything you can throw at it. The Avantgarde contains a second interior case constructed of thick, soft iron which shields the watch from magnetic forces, and no fewer than two separate shock-resistance systems. It contains a helium escape valve to allow divers to use the Avantgarde for saturation diving, and is constructed primarily of titanium which keeps the watch at a relatively light 111 grams.
This particular auction contains more than just an amazing timepiece. The full package includes:
- The Kobold SEAL Avantgarde with both a canvas NATO strap and a hand-stitched alligator strap.
- A wooden collector’s box, signed by James Gandolfini and Michael Kobold.
- “Gandolfini thinks Kobold is No.1” poster, signed by James Gandolfini.
- DVD-set of HBO’s hit TV series “The Sopranos,” signed by James Gandolfini.
You can find out more about the Avantgarde, and about the auction, on Kobold’s site. If you can manage to place a bid, this is really a remarkable package (at least to me as I’m both a huge Kobold and Sopranos fan). And if you can’t place a bid, please consider donating what you can directly to the American Red Cross. I know to watch fanatics like us, it sometimes seems like there are few things in life as important as our hobby, but at times like these, we really need to realign our priorities.