Evel Knievel  at the L.A. Coliseum in 1972

A Daredevil according to most reference books is “a recklessly bold and daring person.”  The term is often associated with stunt performers Evel Knievel, Philippe Petit, the Wallenda family and Eddie Braun… although the idioms skill, precision and risk-taking come more to mind in most cases than recklessness.

Knievel is a motorcycle stunt performer who successfully jumped over a series of automobiles, buses and trains with his bike at arenas and stadiums across the nation during the 1970’s and unsuccessfully tried to jump over a fountain at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as the Snake River Canyon in Idaho with a stream rocket during that same period.

Nik Wallenda at Niagara Falls in 2012

In 1974, Petit made history when he successfully walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City at 1,350 feet above the ground on a high-wire cable.  Petit’s death-defying achievement was also the subject of the 2015 film The Walk.

For Decades, the Wallenda family has been noted for their high-wire acts at circuses and state fairs. More recently, Nik Wallenda became the first aerialist to walk directly over Niagara Falls in 2012, as well as in 2013 at the Colorado River Gorge in the Grand Canyon, which is an astonishing 1,500 feet high and 1,400 wide

In September 2016, daredevil stuntman Eddie Braun successfully completed Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump with an updated steam rocket similar to the one Knievel used 42 years ago. The rocket carried Braun over the Canyon’s vast quarter of a mile length and 500 foot depth.

Today many fearless, thrill-seeking adventurists are recording their own adrenaline-pumping feats on portable high-performance GoPro Cameras and are presenting their videos on YouTube, Vimeo and Instagram.

The new Swiss Legend Daredevil Chronograph for men captures the unrelenting spirit of thrill seekers and risk-takers alike. This precision-crafted Swiss-made wristwatch, debuting today at World of Watches, delivers a fierce and unyielding profile for today’s man.

Swiss Legend Daredevil

The robust 50mm diameter, 16mm thick case in a satiny brushed finish makes a bold statement on the wrist. The high-performance black silicone strap with engraved detail on the side panels is accented with the raised Swiss Legend emblem on both sides. The oversized black ion-plated steel crown with raised detail adds to the dynamic good looks.

The stationary bezel has an intricately detailed outer rim and outlined Arabic numeral markers in black ion-plated stainless steel. The intricate, multi-layered dial commands attention with three sub-dials, raised outlined Arabic numeral quarter hour markers, luminous sword hands and luminous outlined dot hour markers.

Features include an automatic date calendar between the 4 and 5 o’clock hours, 1/10th of second, small-second and 30-minute countdown timers. Premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside assures you or precise time-keeping accuracy.

Additional features include a scratch-resistant Sapphitek crystal above the dial, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet.

Swiss Legend Daredevil Collection

Select from models with black or silvery-white colored dials, black silicone straps and cases in your choice of stainless steel, black ion-plated stainless steel, rose or yellow gold-tone ion-plated stainless steel.

Free shipping and free returns are included on all domestic men’s and women’s wristwatch purchases within the continental United States at World of Watches.

Evel Knievel and Nik Wallenda images courtesy of Wiki Commons.