Throughout the year 2019, freediver Nik Linder and his DAVOSA Argonautic Bronze have been on a world tour to collect personal impressions, not only to gain personal impressions, but also to observe how the watch changes over time and which "impressions" it takes with it travels and breathtaking dives. We asked Nik about his conclusion and asked him to give us a few impressions of the past year:
We are facing the end of the year. And for me, it was one of the most intensive years of traveling. This year I met so many kind and nice people in different locations. I spent more time in the water than ever before. I cannot compare and make a ranking of what was best or better than…
The Highlight Show started in Mauritius, where I spent some days with befriended photographers to interact with Spermwhales. We were so lucky and I am deeply thankful, the wales allowed us to get so close to them.
Although apart from Germany and Switzerland, Egypt is probably the country I spent most of the time in, every year is special and the interactions we had with a bunch of dolphins this year, has been unforgettable.
The seatrekking in Croatia has been rough this year and as this is the most reduced way on traveling, accompanied by a waterproof backpack that can be carried on a leash through the water, and of course my davosa argonautic bronze watch, we felt the water, the rain, the wind and the waves. Some outdoor sports people say, when you suffer - you know that you are alive. And we survived which is great at this allowed me to continue my tour.
Next stop was Madeira a portugese Island in the atlantic Ocean, where we enjoyed absolutely calm waters and a great landscape above and in the water. Never forget the rivers and lakes in Switzerland and Germany and in September the journey into the paradise : French Polynesia where we dove with humpback whales, sharks, dolphins, rays in and around morea and with 700 Sharks in the Channel of Fakarava South.
The Feeling of Freedom, the luxury of traveling far away from five star comfort can not only be experienced while Seatrekking, you can also travel on a sailboat in Turkey with a hospitable crew. Spending the night on the deck and watching the stars while you slowly fall asleep is a moment of complete satisfaction, especially when you spent the whole day deep diving in perfect water conditions.
After the deep diving Trainingscamp in the y40 - the deepest indoor dive center in italy, my last trip went to the bahamas. In the bahamas it is again shark time. While in the beginning of my World Tour, the feeling of 20 spermwhales around myself was impressive and created a lasting memory, the end of the world tour has been impressive as well. More than 20 caribbean Reefsharks touching, watching and passing by and showing no signs of fear or aggression.
"Now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain …“, as Frank Sinatra said. In the end of the year I am always thankful, nobody has been seriously injured and everything went well. When I look at my Argonautic Bronze Watch, I can see some scratches, also the patina has changed its appearance. Every scratch reminds me on a great moment in or near the ocean.
Thanks for following me this year, I wish all of you a relaxed christmas and a happy new year. See you in 2020.