Oris, the Swiss brand known for its no-nonsense, functional approach to watchmaking, has released a new dive watch, the Aquis Date Relief.
It’s the first time that the Aquis has been released with a relief bezel; with raised numerals and indices on a steel bezel, it tones in nicely with the slate grey dial. At 43.5mm, the Date Relief marks a return to a larger size for Oris - last year, the company slimmed the Aquis Date down to a 39.5mm diameter.
Bevelled indices and a 6 o’clock date window make for a tidy dial, with a cherry red pomme-style second hand standing out against its monochrome background. The Aquis Date Relief comes on a matching red rubber strap, or the choice of grey rubber, grey leather, or steel bracelet. The watch is priced at CHF1,750 on the rubber and leather straps, and costs an additional CHF200 on the bracelet.
The Aquis Date Relief is powered by an automatic Oris 733 calibre, based on the Sellita SW200-1, with a 38-hour power reserve, and the whole thing is water-resistant to 300m.
Following on from previous limited editions that were launched to support a specific cause, including the Hammerhead, the new Date Relief aims to raise awareness of pollution levels in the world’s freshwater supply.
Oris’ new ambassador, expedition swimmer Ernst Bromeis, will be sporting the watch on his ‘Blue Miracle’ Project as he swims across a number of lakes, including 800km across unforgiving Lake Baikal in Siberia, the world’s largest freshwater lake.