New from Oris: the Aquis Small Second Date


Earlier this year, independent Swiss watchmaker Oris introduced a redesigned version of one its most iconic watches, the Aquis. With its more refined lines and a design that suits the needs of today’s users, the updated version of the brand’s iconic diver’s watch was an immediate success. Following on the success of this model, Oris continues to refresh the Aquis line by introducing a small seconds model: the Oris Aquis Small Second Date. The new timepiece is now available to buy at the authorized Oris retailers. Available on a rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet, it retails at CHF 2,200 and CHF 2,400 respectively. A real watch for real people :) .

Instead of a central hand, the seconds here are displayed on a subdial at 9 o’clock. The main advantage of such layout is that it isolates the watch’s minutes hand, the most important hand to divers as they time their dives. During a diving session, divers adjust the minute hand so it is aligned with the minute scale on the uni-directional rotating bezel. This enables them to keep track of remaining dive time securely and safely. During the design of the watch, Oris worked closely with the diving community. In response to their feedback, the Swiss manufacturer developed the movement with small seconds at 9 o’clock.

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During the design, Oris consulted the diving community

 

Just like the updated Aquis Date, the new Aquis Small Second Date also features a more refined, modern design. The brand’s designers have made the horns and bracelet thinner, giving the entire timepiece a thinner more elegant profile. The watch also has bolder hands and hour markers, and slimmer screw-in security crown and crown protectors that fit more elegantly with the watch’s design. In addition to these aesthetic details, Oris has also worked on improving the practicality. Thanks to a small between the bezel and case, the bezel is now easier to grip and adjust.

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The next-gen Aquis models feature a slimmer more refined look

 

The new Oris Aquis Small Second Date has a large 45.5 mm case made of stainless steel. Water resistant to 500 meters, the multi-piece case features a screw-in security crown, crown protection, and a solid stainless steel screwed caseback. The case also features a uni-directional rotating bezel with black ceramic inlay. There are two dial options for this model: blue, and black with orange accents. Both dials have the same layout: hours, minutes, small seconds at 9, and date at 3 o’clock. The date window has been moved from 6 to 3 to visually balance the small seconds counter.

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The blue-dialed version is also available with a blue rubber strap

 

Powering the latest Oris Aquis Small Second Date is the caliber 743 with 28 jewels. Based on Sellita SW 220-1, this self-winding movement features an in-house small seconds module. The movement itself works at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. Both versions are available with a black rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet. The blue version can also feature a blue rubber strap. The two rubber straps are equipped with Oris’ patented safety anchor and quick-adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension.

 

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