Oris has announced their new special edition wrist watch. The Oris Aquis date Relief. It’s their most recent edition of The popular line of Aquis dive watches which have become a tradition. The watch takes inspiration from The environment of The ocean and The cause of raising awareness of The need to care for The fragile freshwater supply which is endangered. This unique iteration pays homage to swimmer Ernest Bromeis as well as to The Earth’s precious resources. It’s a new masterpiece that is well-deserving of a closer look.
The story behind The watch
For those of you who are not familiar with Ernest Bromeis, he’s a swimmer who has plans to swim Russia’s Lake Baikal, a distance of 800 kilometers. His efforts are to raise awareness of The perils facing our planet with the scarcity of freshwater and The threats looming over our current supply. A cause that in anyone’s estimation, worthy of support. The story provides The background for The inspiration upon which The new edition is based.
The round shaped case is made of stainless steel material with a diameter of 43.5 mm. Although The size is a bit large, The short lugs attached make it comfortable to wear on a variety of wrist sizes. The case back is engraved on The outer edge with specifications of The watch and The stainless steel is finished with a brushed styling. The center of The case back is open and covered with a flat sapphire crystal to show The inside mechanical workings of The movement. It’s a display case back that makes a lovely aesthetic when The watch is flipped around.
The dial of The Oris Aquis date Relief is set against a sunburst grey background which works wonderfully to set The face of The watch up for its subtle, yet not overdone contrasts. The indexes are applied and large sized for a high degree of legibility. The applied lume makes them show up nicely in all types of lighting conditions. The seconds hand is a strikingly contrasting red color in a thin needle styling that gives it just enough brightness to add an element of surprise to what might otherwise be considered a classic watch face in layout. The date window is set at The 6 o’ clock position in a small and discrete box with a white background and black numerals displaying The date.
The bezel is not large in width but it makes an impression in a matte stainless steel finish with a coined edging around The sides. The crown in oversized and set between two guards with a decent protrusion that makes it easy to adjust. It’s a relief bezel that has not before been used in The Aquis line but it has appeared on other Oris watches.
The Oris Aquis date Relief is powered with an Oris caliber 733 movement in automatic winding style. It beats at a frequency of 4 Hz at 28,800 vph with 25 jewels. The functions are date, hours, minutes, seconds and a rotating elapsed time ring bezel with a power reserve of 38 hours.
The Oris Aquis date Relief comes with a stainless steel bracelet as well a a rubber strap in your choice of red or grey and it’s also available with a grey leather strap. When worn casually, the leather gives it a casual dressy and somewhat sophisticated appeal and if you want the watch to shine for more dressy affairs, the metal bracelet is a lovely accessory that gives it a different personality altogether. The rubber straps provide a sporty and even fun persona to the watch. It’s a versatile timepiece that is suitable for wearing in a variety of social settings and environments. It’s even at home in the water. The watch is water proof for up to 300 meters.
Pricing and availability
The Oris Aquis date Relief Special Edition was made available for sale to The public in January of 2019. The price of The watch varies with The type of strap that is chosen. The rubber strap edition sells for $1,800 with The leather for $1,850 and The version with The steel bracelet is offered for $2,000.