The Oris watch manufacturer bases the majority of their dive watches from the Divers Sixty-Five family, with the exception of a very limited edition finds its roots in a highly technical new breed that is directed towards professional divers fond of deep water diving. The Oris ProDiver Dive Control Limited Edition is capable of withstanding the pressures of the murky deep with helium release valves and bezels with a special elapsed time locking feature. Their latest version is a chronograph made of black titanium and the proper distribution of contrasting yellow accents with high visibility for legibility in the low light conditions of deep waters. The latest example manufactured by the brand is deserving of a closer look.
The round shaped case of this remarkable new diver is an ample 51 mm in its width. It's crafted of grade 2 titanium to which DLC treatment has been added. It offers a black colored profile which makes the lume and yellow accents stand out with stunning contrast. The case back matches with a screwed styling and engraving that gives the specifications conveniently on the flip side of the watch.
The bezel is also generous in its size in a locking style of ceramic that has a tactile aesthetic. The operation is simple with a pull up to turn and a gentle push down motion to lock. It offers a variety of features for interaction with the with two screw down pushers for the chronograph function of the piece. Although the styling of the chronograph pushers are not everyone's preference, they add to its capacity for handling the pressures of greater depths which are frequently encountered by professional divers. The wear-ability of this over-sized time piece is enhanced through its shortened lugs and the light weight of the titanium materials used for construction of the case. The feel on the wrist is not as cumbersome as one might imagine, although its thick profile may lead one to believe otherwise.
The color of the dial is black and it's been applied in a wave pattern. The indexes are applied and treated with Super LumiNova to give it high legibility in conditions that are low in light. It offers a tactile and sporty aesthetic with a busy yet technical and highly functional aura. The bright yellow accents and white lume lend a contrast that makes it all the more legible. The dial is covered with a flat sapphire crystal.
The movement that is powering the Oris ProDiver Dive Control watch is an Oris Caliber 774, Sellita SW 500 base. It's an automatic winding type that beats at a frequency of 4 Hz at 28,800 vph with 25 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours. The diameter of the movement is also generous at 30 mm in diameter. It offers hours, minutes, seconds, date, an elapsed time ring with a locking feature and a 12 hour chronograph in its ample functions. The piece is water resistant for up to 1,000 meters.
The strap is made of high quality rubber for a comfortable feel on the wrist, and in a bright yellow coloring that matches the contrasting accents of yellow which are sparingly used on the dial and the bezel. It literally makes the accents pop against the black coloring of the dial. The strap fastens to the wrist and is held by a fold over adjustable titanium deployant clasp. An additional yellow rubber strap is included in the box.
Availability and pricing
The Oris Dive Control Limited Edition, reference number 01 774 7727 7784 MB has been made available in January of 2019. It is strictly limited to a production number of just 500 pieces. It's offered for the price of 4,850 in Swiss Francs or $4,928.24 in United States dollars. This latest release of the Oris brand's newest diver offers a time piece that is sporty, tactile in appearance and function and geared towards the professional diver who maintains the desire and need for a high functioning innovation with precision and accuracy. The price pushes the limits for accessibility but the clever depth gauges and pointer dates along with the rugged build and intense depth capacity for this watch help to allay the overall expense.
Written by Garrett Parker
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