Category: Oris Watches


Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris unveiled a new stainless steel version of its retro Oris Divers Sixty-Five collection today.

With a case size of 40 mm x 12.8 mm, with a lug width of 20 mm, the Divers Sixty-Five is well-sized, and with an outsourced Sellita movement inside — as opposed to the in-house caliber 400 that powers the recently released Oris Divers Sixty-Five — the price is more accessible.

Most notably, this new version of the Divers Sixty-Five has a gradient gray dial, with applied turquoise-filled luminous indices. The dial is kept clean with no date, just the hours, minutes, and seconds hands. An outsourced 4Hz 26-jewel Sellita automatic movement with 38-hours of power reserve drives the three-hand display.

A domed sapphire with an interior anti-reflective coating protects the dial. A screw-in steel caseback and a screw-down crown protect the other case openings, along with gaskets. The water-resistance rating is 100 meters.

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five 2021 40 mm comes on either a black leather strap with stainless steel buckle or a multi-piece stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp. The retail price is $2,200 on a strap and $2,400 on a bracelet.
We love the Oris Divers Sixty-Five dive watch and have envisioned a special edition that maximizes classic appeal and versatility without compromising the adventurous and sporting nature of a great dive watch. For the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited Edition for , we fitted the 40mm steel case with a faded grey bezel and a soft black dial with printed markers. Balanced with a no-date execution, a hand-wound movement, a slimmer case profile, and a production of just 250 units, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited Edition for and manages to capture the charm inherent to the best vintage dive watches, allowing it to easily ride the wave from the surf to the office – and wherever you go in between.
Be it above or below the surface, a dive watch truly worth its salt should be ready for anything. Indeed, the best of the breed boasts a compelling mix of go-anywhere ability and always-on-your-wrist versatility. In wanting to create a focused, stylish, and incredibly easy-wearing sport watch, we turned to Oris, a privately-owned Swiss brand that has been offering strong and sporty design since their inception in 1904.

Based in Hölstein, Switzerland, Oris produces exclusively Swiss mechanical watches and the brand has carved an impressive niche among enthusiasts and sportsmen alike by creating tough, dependable, and eye-catching watches with a wide variety of sport and dress designs. Among Oris’s modern lineup, no model has better captured the enduring and rakish character of a classic dive watch than their vintage-inspired Divers Sixty-Five. Conceptualized as a modern iteration of a dive watch design that was originally created by Oris in 1965, the line has expanded to offer a wider range of legible and perfectly proportioned dive watches that manage a strong yet understated style that is not limited to the beach, the dive boat, or even the weekend.
A first for the modern Divers Sixty-Five lineup, this limited edition dive watch is also hand-wound. Using a specially-modified version of Oris’ caliber 730 based on the Sellita 210-1, not only does this custom execution offer the old-school interactive nature of a hand-winder, but the rotor-less movement also allows for a special thin caseback design. With a total thickness of 11.82mm (compared to 12.72mm on the standard model with the caliber 733), this low-profile caseback makes for an overall case design that is noticeably thinner than any other Divers Sixty-Five model.
The result is a new watch with a truly vintage wrist presence. Light, thin, and hand-wound, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited Edition for HODINKEE is exactly the sort of dive watch we dreamed of creating with a fun-loving and accomplished Swiss brand like Oris.

Fitted to a tapering steel rivet-style bracelet, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited Edition for capable, handsome, and entirely distinctive on wrist. Offering 100 meters of water resistance and a lovely bubble-domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal, wherever the current may take you, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited Edition for HODINKEE is a dive watch that won’t seem the least bit out of place.
In striving to create a new watch with classic traits, we stuck to a less-is-more philosophy. The tone-on-tone color scheme is delightfully low-key while the printed markers and simple hand design ensure plenty of lume and strong legibility for any scenario. With all of these aspects coming together in a svelte steel case matched to a low-profile steel bracelet, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Limited Edition for subtle, old-school, and definitely designed for those who love the casual do-anything appeal of a dive watch.

Oris AQUIS DATE CALIBRE 400

Divers are among the most popular watches on the market, if not the most popular, due to their highly robust builds and familiar aesthetic. As a result, the segment is highly competitive and brands now have to find fresh ways to draw interest to their references. Fully aware of this trend, Oris has really begun to shift things into fifth gear – creating new in-house calibers with longer power reserves and warranty coverage. Many were excited to see the new calibre 400 inside of the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 43.5mm, but today the brand is scaling it back a bit by introducing the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm in three colours: blue, anthracite, and green..
The stainless-steel Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm is 2mm smaller in diameter than its 43.5mm predecessor, effectively becoming that much more comparable in size to a Black Bay Heritage or Rolex Submariner – both of which are 41mm. The 40-42mm size seems to have become the sweet spot for consumers when it comes to sports watches, so many will be pleased to have a more manageable configuration for the wrist. Unfortunately, Oris has not disclosed the thickness in the press release, but the previous generation Aquis Date 41.5mm with a Sellita movement is 13mm thick so it is safe to assume the new Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm should be around the same.
In terms of its case finish, we have the usual satin-brushed case with polished lugs that extend the mirror finishing throughout the shouldering links of the bracelet – its centre links satin-brushed throughout. As a dive watch, the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm has a depth rating of 300 metres – it’s water resistance further secured with a screw-down crown protected by crown guards..
Framing each dial is a colour-matching ceramic timing bezel, well-knurled to make it grippable for the wearer’s wet hand. All three, blue, anthracite, and green, have a rich sunburst finish with a subtle psuedo-fume effect towards the darker outer edge of the minutes track. The hour indexes and hours, minutes, and central seconds hands are all filled with SuperLuminova

. The only missing hour index is at 6’ to make space for a white on black date disc that blends well into the darkened edges of each color dial. It should be noted that since the discontinuation of the Rolex “Hulk” Submariner the green variant of the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm is a fantastic alternative to consider.
The Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm can be purchased on either a stainless-steel bracelet or black rubber strap, both outfitted with “Quick Strap Change” technology that allows you to quickly swap between the pair by simply depressing the underside trigger to detach it.. My advice: go for the bracelet. It is CHF 100 or $200 USD more than the rubber configuration, but it is safe to assume it would cost more than that to purchase the bracelet separately – or at the very least the rubber strap will be less expensive to purchase separately then the bracelet.
The main event with this introduction is the Calibre 400 making its way into a 41.5mm Aquis Date. To recap, the Oris Calibre 400 is an in-house movement with 120 hours (five days) of power reserve and its performance is backed by an extended 10-year warranty and 10-year service intervals. It is highly accurate as well, running within COSC tolerances at +5/-3 seconds per day. An interesting note about the Calibre 400 is that the twin barrels that provide the 120 hours of power reserve are positioned to look like ears, and when the rotor aligns just right it serves as a nose and mouth – the result being an Oris bear motif. Don’t believe me? Well fortunately you can see for yourself thanks to the screwed-down exhibition caseback.

Oris Rega Fleet Limited Edition

Oris’ partnership with the iconic Swiss Air-Rescue Rega continues with a third limited-edition watch that flies even higher than before.

If it wasn’t for aviation, it’s possible the Swiss watch industry would never have taken off. Early pilots discovered a watch was a vital tool and turned to makers of Swiss pocket watches for tools they could refer to while helming their makeshift contraptions.
Oris, for its part, was making watches for those pioneer aviators as early as 1910. It has catalogs from the time in its archives showing pocket watches with cases decorated with Blériot-style aircraft. It was aviation that pushed Oris to develop its first wristwatches in 1917, and then in 1938, the Big Crown, a watch with an oversized crown created for gloved airmen. The model has been in constant production ever since and has become Oris’ signature design, fueling its reputation as the creator of ultra-reliable, ultra-precise tool watches for adventurous people.

Through the decades, Oris Rega Fleet Limited Edition has partnered with many leading organizations, military units and display teams linked to the world of aviation. These have made the company one of the first names in high-functioning pilot’s watches. Innovations such as the Worldtimer (with its push buttons that move the hour hand forwards and backwards in one-hour jumps) and the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter have brought useful functions to the wrists of pilots (and plenty who aspire to be pilots) all over the world.

In 2016, Oris entered one of its proudest partnerships with Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. Rega has been offering an aeromedical service for almost seven decades and is recognized worldwide for its excellence and professionalism. Oris created a watch for Rega that year and again in 2018. Now, the company is delighted to announce a third piece. But this one’s different. Built to Rega’s specifications it’s a landmark collection of 21 limited-edition watches, one for each of its aircraft.
Rega, one of Switzerland’s proudest and most trusted organizations, was founded in 1952. It’s now patronized by almost half the Swiss population and is among the world’s most recognizable air rescue services, symbolized by its iconic red helicopters and crew members in their red uniforms.

Today, it serves as an integral part of the Swiss healthcare system, with 13 helicopter bases and a fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft. From these bases, Rega operates 18 rescue helicopters and can reach anywhere in the area it covers within 15 minutes of an emergency call. Each base has a crew of pilot, paramedic, and emergency flight physician ready to go, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

While it’s famous for its high-altitude mountain rescues, Rega’s service covers all medical emergencies, from road accidents to sudden illness, such as a cardiac arrest. Last year, Rega also repatriated more than 750 patients back home to Switzerland, either by one of its three ambulance jets, or scheduled passenger aircraft. Rega says its mission is to “provide assistance wherever a person’s life or health can be preserved or protected through our intervention.”
During the pandemic, the organization’s role has become even more significant. In 2020, it organized more than 16,000 missions and brought medical assistance by air to 11,000 people in distress. Thanks to previous investments made in patient isolation units, it also repatriated 140 Covid-19 patients on board its ambulance jets.

To this day, Oris Rega Fleet Limited Edition remains a privately run, non-profit organization funded by a patronage system, whereby private individuals make regular contributions to the running of the service. At last count, it had more than 3.6 million patrons.
Oris is extremely proud to partner Rega and to have worked with its teams to produce 21 limited-edition watches, each a series of 100 pieces carrying a caseback engraved with one of the service’s 21 aircraft: Airbus Helicopters H145, AgustaWestland Da Vinci, and Bombardier Challenger 650.
Before designing the Big Crown ProPilot Rega Fleet L.E., Oris turned to Rega’s staff and invited them to take part in a series of workshops where they asked them a simple question: what do you need in a wristwatch?

They told Oris a number of things: they liked watches that had clean, ultra-legible dials that they can read in a split second; they wanted a watch that wouldn’t reflect light – no glare; and they needed a watch with two tools – a GMT function for recording logbook times and a pulsometer that could serve as back-up to electronic machines that measure patients’ heart rates. That the watch should be robust, accurate and entirely reliable was a given.

So Oris built them the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Rega Fleet L.E. Its black dial has high-contrast white hands and numerals filled with high-grade Super-LumiNova. Its stainless steel case and Oris-patented ‘Lift’ clasp are coated in anti-reflective gunmetal grey PVD. It has a clearly indicated second time zone. And engraved into its bi-directional rotating bezel are a red triangle for timing the “golden hour” (the first hour after injury during which a patient’s chances of recovery are highest), and a pulsometer scale, read off with a white- tipped central seconds hand. Oris then added leather and rubber straps with its quick-change system.

But there was more. One pilot had an idea to link watches to individual aircraft to reflect the close bond crews and patients often develop with them. So Oris created 21 different casebacks, each engraved with the outline of a Rega aircraft and its registrations. Only 100 of each will be made, making this the broadest but also most limited collection of pilot’s watches the brand has ever conceived.

For these special watches, Oris also created a water-resistant red Ventile pouch, complete with a second quick-change strap in hygienic, easy-clean red rubber and a tool for changing the clasp. The pouch has several elastic straps for tweezers, plasters, and bandages so it can be upgraded to a pocket first aid kit. As a package, it’s the most collaborative watch Oris has ever made.

Oris Big Crown Holstein Edition

Following up on last year’s inaugural “Holstein Edition” timepiece, an all- bronze version of its popular Divers Sixty-Five chronograph, Oris has unveiled the latest in its limited series of watches paying tribute to the Swiss village of its founding. The Big Crown Holstein Edition 2021 provides a novel take on Oris’s vintage-inspired Big Crown model, first produced in 1938.
Oris Big Crown Hölstein Edition 2021
Notably, it is the first Oris watch to contain a variation of the widely acclaimed, in-house Caliber 400 movement that is not a dive watch or a diver-style watch. Oris, has in fact, had a dive-watch-heavy year thus far, expanding its flagship, vintage-inspired, and professional lines over the last several months. The release of this second Holstein Edition indicates the brand is likely to continue the tradition of offering highly limited, exclusive models throughout its various product families in the years to come.
The sword hands and non-fluted bezel are new to the Big Crown collection.
The watch’s 38-mm, polished and brushed steel case, as with previous Big Crown models, appears to be well proportioned and geared toward a wide audience of enthusiasts. However, the new model does features some notable differences from the rest of the collection, including a smooth rather than a fluted bezel, and a flatter crystal over the dial as opposed to the domed crystal more often used on this and other Oris models. These changes, in addition to the watch’s signature oversized crown and traditional case shape, help provide the watch with an overall sportier feel — channeling more of a field watch style than the aviation-inspired style of the watch’s actual origins.
Red details contrast with the gray dial.
Underneath the flat sapphire crystal is a matte gray dial, which carries on the neo-vintage tradition of the Big Crown. Around the outermost edge, a printed ring from 1 to 31 displays the analog date, each point indicated via a red-arrow-tipped hand. A step closer to the interior, a railroad track minute ring outlines the legible, straightforward Arabic hour markers. This style is broken up only at the 6 o’clock position where a small subdial for the running seconds rests, its indicator also accented with a burst of bright red. At the center of the dial and passing over the various descriptors toward 12 o’clock are two lume-filled, sword style hands, which differ quite drastically from the bold cathedral-style handset previously put to use within the Big Crown collection.
The Oris bear graces the caseback as a relief engraving.
The Oris Caliber 403, which powers the new limited edition, is based upon the aforementioned Caliber 400 launched by the brand last year inside the Aquis Date Caliber 400. Like the base caliber, the 403 boasts a five-day power reserve, a relatively high level of anti-magnetism, and an industry-leading 10-year warranty. The movement, which differs from its base by its use of a 6 o’clock small seconds subdial and an analog date indicator, is protected behind a solid, commemorative caseback, its surface engraved with a motif of Oris’s bear mascot.
Available now, the Oris Big Crown Hölstein Edition 2021 will be limited to 250 total editions, each marked at $3,900.

Oris Rega Fleet Limited Edition ProPilot

Oris continues its successful run with the Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, with a very Oris Rega Fleet Limited Edition. The privately run non-profit organisation, which was founded in 1952, operates a fleet of 21 aircraft. Last year was particularly busy for them, as they organised some 16,000 missions and provided assistance to 11,00 people and repatriated 140 Covid-19 patients via jet ambulance. Oris Rega Fleet Limited Edition honours the organisation with 21 Big Crown ProPilots, one for each vehicle in the Rega fleet.With 18 Airbus and AgustaWestland helicopters, Rega is well placed to support general and high altitude medical rescues and patient transfers across Switzerland. Their three Bombardier Challenger jets gives them a global capacity. And when it came to designing a watch to celebrate this fleet, Oris Rega Fleet Limited Edition turned to the people who fly, crew and support these aircraft. The feedback? An ultra-legible design, minimal glare, a GMT and a pulsometer.
Given this laundry list of specifications, it quickly became clear that the Big Crown ProPilot was the best fit. The 41mm GMT is a modern pilot’s watch with a clean aesthetic and peak legibility day or night. Add a GMT, and a pulsation bezel insert onto the utilitarian gunmetal grey steel watch, and you’ve got an instrument that’s up to the task. The final touch is the caseback. There are 21 designs, each linked to a specific craft engraved on the back (complete with registration), and 100 of each model will be made. We’re willing to bet that a percentage of these watches will end up on the wrists of people who work on Rega fleet, but even if you’ve never been involved in a Swiss air-rescue, it’s a very cool bit of kit.

Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 Review

Swiss watchmaker Oris presents a brand new Aquis Date 41.5 mm case version equipped with the in-house automatic Calibre 400. The diver’s watch is available with either a blue, anthracite or green dial.
In 2020, Oris introduced its ground-breaking in-house self-winding movement Calibre 400. With elevated levels of anti-magnetism, five days of power reserve, accuracy superior to the chronometer standard (even after exposure to magnetism), 10-year recommended service intervals and 10-year warranties on all watches they power, Calibre 400 Series sets the new standard in Swiss Made automatics. The first watch to be equipped with this exceptional movement was the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 watch with 43.50 mm diameter. This year, Oris presents a smaller Aquis date model with the Caliber 400. This new model features a 41.5mm diameter stainless steel case. Water resistant to 300 meters, the new Aquis date watch comes fitted with a uni-directional rotating bezel with blue, anthracite or green ceramic insert
The Aquis is the shining star of the Oris catalog. So, when Oris launched their new Caliber 400 back in December 2020, the Aquis was the obvious choice of watch to be powered by this new movement. While the caliber 400 debut Aquis came with a 43.5mm case, Oris has now released three new Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 watch powered watches with a modest 41.5 steel housing.
Measuring 41.5mm in diameter with a thickness of around 12mm and a lug to lug distance of around 48mm, the mid-sized Aquis has been designed to sit more comfortably on smaller and medium-sized wrists compared to its 43.5mm elder sibling. On the design front, things remain quite familiar. The case stiff features a distinctive kettle-style shape with integrated chunky lugs and crown guards to protect the threaded crown at 3. Perched on top is a uni-directional rotating bezel with a ceramic insert that matches the color of the dial. Also, like most other Aquis watches, the case is water-resistant to a healthy 300 meters.
The dial is being offered in three striking colors: Blue, Green, and Charcoal black. All dials feature a nice sunburst effect for enhanced light play and have also been given a gradient treatment to showcase a dynamic color range starting from a lighter tone at the center and culminating into an almost blackish hue on the outer periphery. The dial layout has nothing new to offer and remains highly legible and free of any clutter. Highly polished hour markers comprise the hour markers and the minute track consists of printed white hash marks. A date window sits at 6 to maintain the symmetry of the dial and finally, you have a well-proportioned handset, which like the markers, has been filled with luminous paint to offer great low light visibility.
The true calling card of these watches is the in-house Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 watch. Operating at 4 Hz, offering a power reserve of around 5 days using a twin-barrel setup, comprising several anti-magnetic components, and offering a service interval of 10 years, the caliber 400 is a highly capable automatic movement. The movement is industrially finished and is visible through the exhibition case back.

Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400

Since its initial debut in fall 2020, Oris’ in-house Calibre 400 automatic movement has been gradually working its way through the brand’s lineup as its new de facto flagship three-hand powerplant. As one of the cornerstones of Oris’ lineup the Aquis diver was a natural choice to debut the new movement in late October 2020, but at that time the Calibre 400 was restricted only to full size 43.5mm models. As summer 2021 ramps up and enthusiasts search for a new vacation-ready sports watch, Oris takes the next logical step and brings the Calibre 400 to the smaller 41.5mm Aquis line. Rather than reinventing the wheel, the new Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm series lets the performance of its new movement speak for itself while maintaining the classic Aquis look.
As the name suggests, the stainless steel case of the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm line measures in at 41.5mm. The modern and slightly unorthodox Aquis shape with its slab case sides, heavy wide crown guards, and short angular semi-integrated lugs is shared with previous 41.5mm Aquis models, and like those iterations, the unique proportions of the Aquis may make the case measurements somewhat misleading. In practice, the shrink-wrapped profile of the mid-case without any outward flaring coupled with the abrupt downward slant and short reach of the lugs tend to make the Aquis series feel substantially more compact on the wrist than more traditional diver styles. As with previous versions, the heavily toothed unidirectional dive bezel is noticeably wider than the case beneath it, leading to a slight overhang which should aid grip. The ceramic bezel insert features a bright, legible white diving scale on a base of black, navy blue, or deep forest green. Around back, Oris includes a sapphire display window to showcase the new in-house movement, but despite this more vulnerable element the case is rated at a hefty 300 meters of water resistance.
Like the cases, the dials of the new Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm series keep the overall look familiar while subtly hinting at the new movement within. The most notable difference between these dials and the dials of previous Sellita-powered 41.5mm variants is the 6 o’clock date window. Where the smaller diameter of the Sellita movement forced the date display of those models inboard slightly, leading to both a date window and a shortened index at 6 o’clock, the larger date wheel of the Calibre 400 pushes the 6 o’clock window directly in line with the rest of the faceted applied hour indices, eliminating the 6 o’clock index entirely for a cleaner and simpler look. Outside of this small change and a “5 Days” line of text at 6 o’clock, the dial layout is unchanged, with the familiar rounded sporty alpha handset and indices making a return. Also like many previous Aquis models, all three versions of the new Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5m series use a sunburst dial finish. Buyers can choose between a dark anthracite gray tone, an oceanic sunburst blue, or an emerald green, which feels deep and intense in initial images.
The in-house Calibre 400 automatic movement inside the Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm series is a major step forward for the brand’s movement-making capabilities, especially for its core offerings. Although accurate within COSC chronometer standards at -3/+5 seconds per day, Oris interestingly does not submit these movements for certification. Beyond the excellent accuracy, the Calibre 400 offers magnetic resistance of up to 2,250 gauss, more than 11 times the current ISO standard for anti-magnetism. This durability is continued through the automatic rotor, which replaces the complex and often delicate ball bearing system with a mechanically simpler and more robust tongue-and-groove metal slide bearing system which Oris claims produces far less wear. Power reserve performance is robust as well, with twin mainspring barrels producing a hefty 120 hours of power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Oris also touts the longevity of the Calibre 400 platform, recommending a service interval of 10 years rather than the more standard five recommended years between services. While the Calibre 400’s performance is undeniably robust, the movement’s finishing is simple, bordering on industrial. A matte-blasted three-quarter bridge covers up most of the real estate beneath the display caseback besides the balance wheel, and the signed skeleton rotor bears a clean brushed finish.
The semi-integrated stainless steel three-link bracelet with dive extension has historically been a hallmark of the Oris Aquis’ design, and the new Aquis Date Calibre 400 41.5mm line continues the trend. With a sharply tapering profile that flows from a narrow clasp directly into the case and bright polishing on the outer links to visually match the lugs, this bracelet offers a unique and eye-catching look. Oris keeps the bracelet from appearing too monotone or flashy thanks to vertically brushed center links. For those that prefer straps, all three models in the new line can also be optioned with the brand’s signed textured black rubber strap, which also includes a folding clasp and dive extension for a modern and functional sporting look.
Funny, when I unboxed this new Oris Aquis Calibre 400 for this review, I couldn’t stop looking at the dial. I know it should be all about the in-house caliber 400, but I’ll tell you that it took a few minutes before taking the watch off again to have a glance at the new Oris movement.

The dial (and watch) look quite similar to their Aquis Ocean Cleanup limited edition. That watch was a bit smaller, and there are some aesthetic differences, but it just reminded me of that one. If you’re a watch fanatic, you haven’t missed the introduction of the new Oris movement: Calibre 400. It is interesting that Oris decided to introduce the movement first, and a few weeks later introduce the first watch to be powered by it. And here it is, the Oris Aquis Calibre 400. With a beautiful gradient blue dial.
I am not a diver, but I do have and have had my share of divers watches. From all sorts of brands and in all sorts of price ranges. What they all have in common are the typical features for diving purposes. A uni-directional bezel, 300 meters of water resistance, screw-down crown, screw case back, and a very legible dial. This watch is no different when it comes to those features. The Oris Aquis has a case shape that is rather unique, of course. And a proper stainless steel bracelet, with the opportunity to swap it for a rubber strap. But the new in-house movement is what makes this watch stand out. The recently introduced Oris calibre 400 has been discussed in this article, but let me summarize.
On 15th October this year, Swiss watch maker Oris unveiled Calibre 400, the brand’s new generation mechanical self-winding movement featuring enhanced anti-magnetic features and an incredible power reserve of five days.

The much-awaited Oris in-house Calibre 400 set a new standard for automatic mechanical movements. This modern mechanical movement was developed entirely in-house by Oris watchmakers and Engineers. It comes with 10-year recommended service intervals and a 10-year warranty.

On 29th October, the brand announced its new diving watch model Aquis Date Calibre 400, the first Oris timepiece to be equipped with the newly released movement.
Oris’s engineers identified that one of the most frequent issues with automatic mechanical movements concerns the ball-bearing system that allows the free-spinning oscillating weight (or rotor) to rotate. This is a critical element of an automatic watch – as the rotor spins, it generates power that’s stored in the mainspring, which is housed in the barrel.

Oris removed the ball bearing altogether and replaced it with a low-friction slide bearing system, in which a metal stud runs through a lubricated sleeve. This is much less complex, highly efficient, and involves far less wear and tear, making it less prone to breakdowns.
The movement provides an impressive 120 hours (5 days) power-reserve via twin barrels, both of which house an extended mainspring, each long enough to store two-and-a-half days of power.

Most mechanical watch movements will be magnetised if exposed to the strong magnetic forces we encounter in daily life. When this happens, they become less accurate, and can stop altogether. To make it highly antimagnetic, Oris engineered Calibre 400 using more than 30 non-ferrous and anti-magnetic components, including a silicon escape wheel and a silicon anchor. In testing by the renowned Laboratoire Dubois, Calibre 400 deviated by less than 10 seconds a day after exposure to 2,250 gauss.

For context, the latest version of the ISO 764 standard for anti-magnetic watches requires that to qualify as anti-magnetic, a watch must be accurate to within 30 seconds a day after exposure to 200 gauss. Calibre 400 recorded one third of the deviation allowed after exposure to more than 11 times the force permitted, making it a highly anti-magnetic movement.

The movement features 21 jewels and beats at 28’800 vph (4Hz). It follows the three-hands and date lay-out featuring centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds functions and a date window at 6’ o clock.

The Oris 400 movement measures 30.00 mm (13 1/4’’’) diameter. It is larger than Cal. 733 (Base Sellita SW 200-1 movement, 25.60 mm or 11½’’’), which has been used for the Aquis Date models since long time.

The Calibre 400 features the same dial lay-out as the SW 200-1 movement: Three hands and date. The new automatic calibre also incorporates instantaneous date mechanism, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second. In terms of autonomy, the Calibre 400, which is a twin-barrel movement, provides 120 hours of power reserve where as SW 200-1 offers a power reserve of 38 hours.

Naturally, the first watch to house Oris’s innovative automatic movement is the Aquis Date, a popular model from the brand’s contemporary diver’s watch collection.

Oris Big Crown Hölstein Edition

Following up on last year’s inaugural “Holstein Edition” timepiece, an all- bronze version of its popular Divers Sixty-Five chronograph, Oris has unveiled the latest in its limited series of watches paying tribute to the Swiss village of its founding. The Big Crown Holstein Edition 2021 provides a novel take on Oris’s vintage-inspired Big Crown model, first produced in 1938.
Oris Big Crown Hölstein Edition 2021
Notably, it is the first Oris watch to contain a variation of the widely acclaimed, in-house Caliber 400 movement that is not a dive watch or a diver-style watch. Oris, has in fact, had a dive-watch-heavy year thus far, expanding its flagship, vintage-inspired, and professional lines over the last several months. The release of this second Holstein Edition indicates the brand is likely to continue the tradition of offering highly limited, exclusive models throughout its various product families in the years to come.
The sword hands and non-fluted bezel are new to the Big Crown collection.
The watch’s 38-mm, polished and brushed steel case, as with previous Big Crown models, appears to be well proportioned and geared toward a wide audience of enthusiasts. However, the new model does features some notable differences from the rest of the collection, including a smooth rather than a fluted bezel, and a flatter crystal over the dial as opposed to the domed crystal more often used on this and other Oris models. These changes, in addition to the watch’s signature oversized crown and traditional case shape, help provide the watch with an overall sportier feel — channeling more of a field watch style than the aviation-inspired style of the watch’s actual origins.
Red details contrast with the gray dial.
Underneath the flat sapphire crystal is a matte gray dial, which carries on the neo-vintage tradition of the Big Crown. Around the outermost edge, a printed ring from 1 to 31 displays the analog date, each point indicated via a red-arrow-tipped hand. A step closer to the interior, a railroad track minute ring outlines the legible, straightforward Arabic hour markers. This style is broken up only at the 6 o’clock position where a small subdial for the running seconds rests, its indicator also accented with a burst of bright red. At the center of the dial and passing over the various descriptors toward 12 o’clock are two lume-filled, sword style hands, which differ quite drastically from the bold cathedral-style handset previously put to use within the Big Crown collection.
The Oris bear graces the caseback as a relief engraving.
The Oris Caliber 403, which powers the new limited edition, is based upon the aforementioned Caliber 400 launched by the brand last year inside the Aquis Date Caliber 400. Like the base caliber, the 403 boasts a five-day power reserve, a relatively high level of anti-magnetism, and an industry-leading 10-year warranty. The movement, which differs from its base by its use of a 6 o’clock small seconds subdial and an analog date indicator, is protected behind a solid, commemorative caseback, its surface engraved with a motif of Oris’s bear mascot.
The red-tipped hand indicates the analog date.
Available now, the Oris Big Crown Hölstein Edition 2021

Oris Aquis Diving

It will not make your day boring because all of these Oris Aquis watches that will be stated here have unique and colorful designs that will surely make your day feel brighter, and you will feel alive. And the best thing about this is that you will not need to pay tons of money just to have that excellent feeling that you have been craving.

If you are looking for a cheap and affordable watch with features to make up for the price, you should consider choosing Oris Aquis. However, it is best for the best options if you stick around because the four designs that will be presented here are deemed the best of them all. Rest assured that once you are done, you will find the perfect one.
Oris Aquis Star Limited Edition Automatic Wars Stormtrooper Black Dial Men’s Luxury Watch
First, the list of great Oris Aquis watches is none other than the Oris Star Limited Edition Automatic Wars Stormtrooper Black Dial Men’s Luxury Watch. Just by reading the name, there is no doubt that the first thing that will come into your mind is that it is expensive because it is a limited edition, and there are only a few released.

If you do think that, then this is where you’re wrong. Because even if it has a design that is inspired by the stormtroopers from Star Wars made with stainless steel and a Sapphire crystal that keeps this safe from any external harms like rusts and scratches, you would be shocked to know that it only has a price range of about $2,000 up to $3,000.

Oris Aquis Limited Edition Automatic Carysfort Reef Blue Dial Men’s Luxury Watch
Another limited-edition timepiece with a low price range is the Oris Aquis Limited Edition Automatic Carysfort Reef Blue Dial Men’s Luxury Watch. This piece is slightly lower when it comes to the price range than the Star Wars Limited Edition because it only amounts from $2,000 up to a whopping amount of $2,500. Check this out!

Made with an Orange rubber strap and a blue-colored dial, you would say that the color combination of this piece is oddly satisfying. However, just like the one on top, this also has a stainless steel casing that keeps it safe from rusting and a Sapphire crystal that ensures that this piece is scratch-resistant. It also has a 300m water-resistant feature.

Oris Aquis Limited Edition III Great Barrier Reef Automatic Blue Dial Men’s Luxury Watch
Now, this is another limited edition, much like the other two on top. However, you can rest easy knowing that it has a much lower price range compared to them. So, if those two are a little bit expensive for you but you still want a watch that is rare enough that there is only a slight chance of bumping into someone with the same piece, then this is for you!

With a price range of about $1,500 up to $2,000 only, you would be able to purchase the Oris Aquis Limited Edition III Great Barrier Reef Automatic Blue Dial Men’s Luxury Watch that offers a calm and glossy blue colored dial paired with a reservoir of about 40 meters. It also has a total of about 30 jewels that are embedded in it to make it more lavish.

Oris Aquis Automatic Date Green Dial Men’s Luxury Watch
Finally, the cheapest and most inexpensive piece on this list is the Oris Aquis Automatic Date Green Dial Men’s Luxury Watch that only has a price range of about $1,000 up to $1,500. With that kind of price range, you would not see something as glamorous looking as this one with the other brands. You can only see it here at Oris.

So, if you are a little bit tight on budget, then you should not miss the chance to check this one out because if you do, you will be missing one of the best timepieces ever made in the history of man that has a surprisingly low price range. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and buy this as soon as possible so that you can obtain a great watch.

Takeaway
Well, there you have it, four of the best Oris Aquis watches to have ever been created and designed. If you are in search of greatness, then these are the ones that you are looking for. So, please do not think that you would be wasting your time here because once you get to see what they offer, rest assured that you will not regret it for even a second.
One of the best things about the Oris Aquis is that it appeals to a lot of people. While dive watches are considered very niche, this model is available in different kinds. Case in point, there’s a straightforward dive watch for the pros. Meanwhile, fashionistas will love the diamond-studded version.

And if you’re having a hard time finding the perfect Oris Aquis model for you, you’ve come to the right place. But first, let’s look at how the brand started.

A Brief History of Oris
The brand’s origins can be traced back to the Swiss town of Hölstein. Paul Cattin and Georges Christian bought the recently closed watch factory called Lohner & Co. And by 1904, they started producing pocket watches. Wristwatches and alarm clocks were still not produced back then.

Eventually, Oris became the largest employer in Hölstein with more than 300 workers. And by 1929, they expanded and had factories built in Holderbank, Como, Courgenay, Herbetswil and Ziefen.

The First Batch of Oris Wristwatches
Following their success, Oris began experimenting with wristwatches. In addition to the watch factories built, they opened their own electroplating factory in Herbetswil. The factory produced bracelet buckles, which were fitted to their existing pocket watches. Thus, transforming them into wristwatches.

Since then, they have produced plenty of high-quality watches that cater to different walks of life. One collection is the Oris Aquis, a lineup of high-performance dive watches that never fail to impress. Let’s check out which Aquis models caught our attention by reading our list below.

2021 Oris TLP Limited Edition

Earlier this week, Oris announced their latest partnership with an elite pilot training school based in the Spanish city of Albacete named Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). The pilot training school was founded in 1978 when TLP was preparing NATO-allied coalition forces for global tactical air operations. To celebrate this latest partnership, Oris has released the Oris TLP Limited Edition, a 750 piece model based on Oris’s famous ProPilot line of pilot timepieces.
The diameter of this new timepiece is 44mm, with the stainless steel case being coated with anti-glare gun metal gray PVD. The gun metal grey certainly fits the part of blending in with the overall dark tones of the watch, letting the colours of the dial do the talking. The green dial is inspired by TLP’s pilot’s flying overalls. The eagle eyes in the TLP logo are decorated with beige details. The hour indices are applied beige numerals which contrast rather well against the green dial. The minute hand on the Oris TLP Limited Edition is black with a red tip. While the red tip stands out against the green dial, going with the colour choice of black might not have been the best choice as it does look too subdued by the dial background.
The movement used inside the Oris TLP Limited Edition is the Oris 752 caliber. As well as powering the minute, hour, and seconds functions, the Oris 752 caliber also allows for enlarged individual day and date windows (located at 3 o’clock), day corrector, fine timing device, and stop-second function. Operating at a frequency of 4Hz (28, 800 Vph), the Oris 752 caliber gives out a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
Oris is offering the TLP Limited Edition in a green Ventile strap. Ventile is a high-performance textile, invented during the Second World for the British Royal Air Force pilots, that saved the lives of countless pilots who were forced to abandon during operation. Oris Big Crown ProPilot Replica
The Swiss brand is also releasing a bespoke edition of the Oris TLP limited edition model to pilots that are graduating from TLP. This bespoke edition will carry the pilot’s name, programme year, and limited-edition number on the case back. When purchased, the Oris TLP Limited edition will be offered in an olive and orange travel pouch and with a cardholder made from Ventile, where the warranty card will also be located.

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