Oris swims in new waters with its 39.5mm iteration of the iconic Aquis Date. A formidable underwater tool, the Aquis Date is more compact and stylish, ready to conquer smaller wrist sizes, with the same tool attributes and the new design introduced on the 2017 version of the 43.5mm case.
Hot on the heels of the recently launched Carl Brashear Chronograph in a bronze case, Oris presents a downsized version of its Aquis Date model. Sitting alongside the classic 43.5mm Aquis Oris models, the new, more manageable case size of 39.5mm is designed to appeal to men who probably spend more time on land than underwater. Men who want a watch that will slide comfortably under a shirt cuff without losing the macho sporty appeal of a proper dive instrument. It will also work well for men with smaller wrist sizes and even women who appreciate the rugged, masculine soul of a dive watch.
Smaller dimensions, same attributes
A smaller case size doesn’t mean fewer attributes. After all, the Oris Aquis was engineered for professional dive situations with a stainless steel case capable of plunging to depths of 300 metres. Revisited in 2017, the Aquis Date proved that a real tool watch didn’t need to look utilitarian. Equipped with a glossy black ceramic bezel, a more streamlined and less bulky profile, and even a sapphire crystal case back to view the mechanical movement, the 2017 version of the Aquis Date looked good and came with a price tag few could resist.
For 2018, the Oris Aquis Date incorporates all its vital dive and design features into a smaller area. The black ceramic inlay inside the unidirectional rotating bezel – used to measure dive times – is now available with a matte or polished finish. Legibility is of the essence in a dive watch and, like the 43.5mm model, the hands, applied hour markers and the central seconds hand with its lollipop feature are enhanced with Super-LumiNova®. Three choices are offered for the dial of the 39.5mm – in blue, matte black or polished black – and, in keeping with the current trend for versatility, the Aquis Date can be paired with a stainless steel bracelet, a dark brown leather strap or a black rubber strap. Once again, the price will tempt many to take the plunge: the Aquis Date on a steel bracelet retails for CHF 1,950 and a model with a leather or rubber strap costs CHF 1,750.
Fitted with the same automatic Oris 733 calibre as its 43.5mm cousin (based on a Sellita SW200), the new 39.5mm model comes with a date indication at 6 o’clock and a sweeping seconds hand. The case back is screwed and features a sapphire crystal to view the movement.
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