Oris has recently presented a new diver’s watch which offers excellent legibility underwater, thanks to its effective combination of black and orange elements. The name is Aquis Date Orange, and it follows the Aquis Depth Gauge timepiece, which the company launched last year. For their latest diver, Oris turned to science – namely, they based their new watch on findings made by John A. Adolfson and Thomas E. Berghage. The two authors examined the visibility of color underwater, for their 1974 work titled “Perception and Performance under Water”. They noticed that three colors – yellow, green, and orange – work best for the majority of situations. For long distances, fluorescent yellow and green are particularly effective, while fluorescent orange is best visible at short distances.
Of course, excellent water resistance is a given. The timepiece can withstand pressures of up to 30 bar, or in other words, it can withstand depths of up to 300 meters. Divers will be able to easily read information on this watch, starting with the 15-minute scale on the bezel. The orange color nicely contrasts the black ceramic inlay on the unidirectional rotating bezel, and it’s completed with a white minute scale. The surface of the bezel makes it easy to grip, something divers will definitely appreciate.
The case of the new Aquis is made of stainless steel, treated with gun-metal grey PVD-coating. It measures 43 mm in diameter, and on the right side, we can see the matching crown and crown protector. On the back, we find a screw-in case-back, while on the front, the case is completed with a sturdy sapphire crystal, which is domed on both sides. This component also features antireflective coating on the inner side.
Looking at the dial, we’re presented with the same contrasting color scheme like we’ve seen on the bezel. The dial itself is black, and it’s complemtned with dark orange Super-LumiNova. The latter can be seen on the applied indexes and the three nickel hands, which altogether provides excellent legibility. One last detail we notice on this dial is the date window, positioned at 6 o’clock.
For this watch, Oris chose an automatic movement, the caliber 733, which is actually based on the Sellita SW 200-1. When it comes to the functions, we have a pretty straightforward movement, with central indication of hours, minutes, and seconds, with the addition of date.
As you would expect from a diving watch, we have a rubber strap. And – surprise, surprise – it’s an orange strap. It certainly gives this timepiece a distinctive look, although practicality was the top priority here. And for that reason, it features an adjustable sliding-sledge clasp, which the wearers can adjust while they’re wearing the watch. As for the financial stuff, the retail price of the new Aquis Date Orange is CHF 1,750. Overall, the new Oris timepiece is ready for some tough aquatic situations, in terms of sturdiness, and especially when it comes to legibility. If you happen to be a diver whose favorite color is orange, then you’re in for a treat.