Since its introduction, the Oris Aquis has always been the high-performance dive watch of the brand. Sturdy, robust, strong and powerful, this watch is all about performance and reliability. So to say, a real tool watch, which earned the status of icon in the Oris collection. Even if it remained modern, Oris has decided to bring a new take on the Aquis Date Collection, with subtle evolutions of most components, in order to bring modernity and extra-refinement to a still very toolish and professional-oriented watch. Here is the updated Oris Aquis Date Collection for 2017, more refined, still powerful.
The story of the sturdy and performance-oriented dive watch from Oris goes back to the late 1990s, with the Oris Full Steel. While the Divers Sixty Five plays on vintage-inspired themes, the modern version of the Full Steel, the Aquis, is all devoted to reliability and professional use. This watch is a solid, robust, masculine watch made to be used underwater, with no compromise. The previous Aquis was characterized by the design of its muscular horns and uni-directional rotating bezel. While the horns were designed so the metal bracelet or rubber strap would pivot to fit a wide range of wrist sizes, the broad bezel and its oversized numerals delivered great underwater legibility. As great this DNA was (and still is), this watch could be seen as a too toolish by some, and for the 2017 collection, Oris is bringing a bit of thinness and refinement to the Aquis. No big changes but subtle evolutions.
The 2017 Oris Aquis is a more classy and versatile take on a watch with strong DNA. While the pillars of the collection (perfect legibility, muscular horns, integration of the bracelet / strap to the case) are kept, some elements have been redesigned and lightened, to adapt to the regular use of such watches. Why? Even if used underwater and for diving purposes, many of the dive watches also find place under cuffs or next to a pair of sneakers. Dive watches are not just tools anymore and Oris adapts the collection with this in mind.
Much of the evolutions are in the detail. The horns and the bracelet are now thinner, giving the case and the whole watch a more slender profile. The hands and indices have been redesigned to look bolder and sharper (with a more angular design, being more modern overall), and the screw-down crown and crown guards have been refined to give the watch a sleeker silhouette. The bezel inlay is made of black, scratch- and fade- resistant ceramic, and the dial now proudly carries the Aquis name – you can compare this new iteration with the older version here.
Apart from the design, Oris also improves the usability of the Aquis, with this 2017 collection. For instance, uni-directional bezel is now easier to grip, thanks to a small gap introduced between the case and the body. In terms of performances, the Oris Aquis is still water resistant to 300m (the norm for a professional-oriented dive watch) and powered by a reliable and precise automatic movement (Oris Cal. 733, based on a Sellita SW200). Surprising for a tool diver, the caseback is opened, with a see-through sapphire crystal (always pleasant for the new-comers).
The new Oris Aquis is introduced as an entire collection, with 3 dial options (gradient blue, black with silver indexes, black with orange indexes). All of them are available with several bracelet / strap options, including rubber (in blue or black, depending on the dial choice), dark brown leather – both are fitted with sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension – and of course the robust and perfectly integrated metallic bracelet (with extension system and folding clasp).
The 2017 Oris Aquis Date Collection is again a great deal in terms quality / price ratio (you have to try this watch to understand how heavy and solid it feels on the wrist), with prices starting at 1,750 Swiss Francs on strap (rubber / leather) and 1,950 Swiss Francs on metallic bracelet. Expected in June 2017. www.oris.ch.
Specifications of the Oris Aquis Date 2017 Collection
- Case: 43.50mm diameter – stainless steel, polished and brushed – rotatable bezel with black ceramic inlay – Sapphire crystal on both sides – 300m water resistant
- Movement: Calibre 733, Sellita SW200 base – automatic – 4Hz frequency – hours, minutes, seconds, date at 6
- Strap: choice of rubber strap, leather strap (both with sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension) or metallic bracelet with extension system and folding clasp