The 2015 ORIS diving watch collection
With a history going back more than a century, Oris was always known as the brand that will give you a huge bang for your buck. No matter what are you looking for, be that a dressy piece, an aviation themed watch, a racing chrono, or a diver, Oris should be on your shortlist.
Let’s just take a quick overview of what is new in their 2015 Diver collection:
I will start with my personal favourite, the Diver Sixty-Five, which has the retro look of the original model from the sixties, but of course it comes with several updates to make it a modern diver. First off the bat, the mechanism is now based on the Sellita SW200-1, offering 36 hours of power reserve. The stainless steel case is now 40 mm and the dial is covered with domed sapphire crystal with AR coating on the inside.
One significant update is the new watch’s unidirectional rotating bezel, which has a black aluminium inlay with a 60-minute scale. The original’s tritium-filled hands and indices have also been updated, and are now filled with “Light Old Radium” Super-LumiNova® that contrasts with the black dial and maximizes legibility.
The watch is water-resistant to 10bar/100m and has a screw-in stainless steel crown.
Earlier this autumn, Oris unveiled another version of the Diver Sixty-Five, with two-tone grey and light “Deauville” blue dial.
Both watches share the same MSRP of CHF 1,750.
Oris Aquis Depth Gauge with black DLC
Two years ago, when Oris has launched the Aquis Depth Gauge, it was considered as one of the most innovative diving watches on the market. For the first time, a wristwatch had a built-in depth gauge, thanks to an inlet in the crystal at 12 o’clock. Beneath that was a channel milled into the outside edge of the crystal covering the dial. The inlet allowed water into the channel, creating a watermark that corresponded to yellow depth gauge indications marked on the crystal, giving the diver a clear readout to a depth of 100 metres. Gaskets between the crystal and the case meant the watch was still water-resistant to 50 bar (500 metres).
This year, Oris launched a new version of the Aquis Depth Gauge, the 46 mm case got a black DLC coating and it comes with a bright yellow rubber strap. The strap itself features two additional Oris inventions: the safety anchor that prevents the strap from breaking loose, even after a heavy impact; and the sliding sledge clasp, which enables the wearer to adjust the size of the strap without undoing the clasp.
MSRP is CHF 3,250
Aquis Depth Gauge Chronograph
This year at Baselworld, Oris introduced the chronograph version of the Aquis Depth Gauge. A 48 mm stainless steel monster, that can go as deep as 500 m. Its screw-in crown is protected from accidental knocks by a crown-protection system, and its tough sapphire crystal glass is 4mm thick – twice as thick as an average top glass. The watch has a black dial with applied indices and nickel hands filled with white Super-LumiNova for underwater legibility.
It is presented in a special waterproof case on a black rubber strap and an additional metal bracelet and strap-change tool. MSRP is CHF 4,900.
Oris Aquis Small Second, Date
With the Aquis Small Second, Date, Oris is offering a 46 mm diving piece that can handle just as well the beach with its 500 m water resistance, as it can shine in the boardroom thanks to its beautiful sunray blue dial. The watch is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel, complete with a scratch-resistant black ceramic inlay and white
timing scale, as well as a sapphire crystal, domed on both sides and with AR coating on the inside.
MSRP is CHF 2,200.
Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition IV
Oris’s long-time brand ambassador, Carlos Coste is quite an exceptional diver. In 2003 he became the
first person to break the 100-metre barrier in the free immersion category, and in 2010 he set a new Guinness World Record by swimming 150 metres through Dos Ojos, a vast underwater cave network in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, on a single breath. Impressively, he can hold his breath for seven and a half minutes, earning him the nickname ‘El Acuaman Criollo’ (which roughly translates as ‘the natural waterman’) in his native Venezuela.
The watch’s diving credentials start with a multi-piece 46mm robust yet lightweight titanium case. The unidirectional rotating top ring is equipped with a white Super-LumiNova® minute scale set into the black ceramic inlay. The black dial has applied indices and hands filled with bright orange Super-LumiNova®, while the sapphire crystal is domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating to minimize glare. The watch is water-resistant to depths of up to 50 bar (500 metres).
The screw-down titanium case back is decorated with a blue Carlos Coste emblem.
Another particularity of this model is the dark orange dot on the manual helium valve at 3 o’clock, designed to help divers quickly distinguish the valve from the time and date setting crown at 2 o’clock. Inside the watch ticks the automatic Cal. 743, based on SW 220-1, which powers a date at 3 o’clock and a small seconds sub-dial between 7 and 9 o’clock.
Swiss Retail Price is CHF 2,500
Oris Force Recon GMT ProDiver
This year, Oris has announced their partnership with the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, also
known as Force Recon, one of the elite US Special Forces companies.
The fruit of their collaboration is the Oris Force Recon GMT, a high-performance, state-of-the-art wristwatch designed to meet the unit’s demanding equipment standards. The watch is based on the Oris ProDiver model, known for its
Oris-developed Rotation Safety System, which locks the bezel into place according to the wearer’s requirements.
Te GMT movement gives the watch a second time zone, indicated via a central hand and a 24-hour scale around the dial. It also has an innovative small seconds display at 9 o’clock, designed to show the wearer the watch is working in low-light conditions, a useful device when ‘going dark’.
The 49 mm case is made of titanium and treated with a tough black DLC coating, while the unidirectional rotating bezel inlay is made of scratch-resistant matt black ceramic. The watch comes on a black rubber strap, with a black NATO fabric strap option included in the presentation case.
The dial and the back of the watch features the Force Recon emblem.
MSRP is CHF 3,800.
Oris Aquis Date
Oris did not forget about ladies that enjoy diving with class. The 36 mm Oris Aquis Date features a beautiful rose gold coloured cermet bezel inlay. Cermet is a special composite material combining ceramic with metallic materials. It has the optimal properties of both a ceramic, such as scratch resistance and hardness, and those of a metal, giving the Aquis Date an elegant allure.
Rose gold-plated hands and indices and a white rubber strap complete the glamorous look.
MSRP: CHF 1,600
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