Suunto's Ambit2

Born in 1936
Origin Finland
Prices from £60
Famous for  Used by professional freedivers such as William Trubridge and underwater explorer Jill Heinerth

For a brand with such a modern outlook and purpose, it seems strange to think that it was actually set up in the 1930s.  However, founder Tuomas Vohlonen had form. Back in 1933 he had applied for a patent for a unique method filling and sealing a lightweight celluloid compass capsule with a petroleum distillate. This liquid dampened the need, which protected it from the shock and wear caused by excess motion. In 1936, he turned this into a model that could be worn on the wrist – this was the first Suunto.

Fast-forward nearly 80 years and Suunto is still combining form and function, creating instruments are used by some of the world’s most renowned adventurers.

It also has watches for mere mortals, but they are all geared towards fitness. From the more mundane pursuits, such as cycling, running or swimming to slightly more hardcore sports, such as free diving, free skiing or scuba diving, Suunto has got a watch that can give you the stats you need.

Did You Know? The Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire was awarded the prestigious red dot design award, which has been recognised internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design

Brand Friends: Emelie Forsberg is a European and world Skyrunning champion. She is a fan of the Suunto Ambit2 S White saying of the model; “It’s super cool to see where you’ve been, especially when you don’t know yourself!”

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