There seems to be an everlasting affection for bold and oversized watches. A large case size implies that a timepiece maker will have more room for incorporating bigger calibres and more complications. Take the new Aquis Small Second Date watch from Oris. With expansion as the mantra, the latest iteration comes in a brand new case, embracing two new references. What’s more, the latest watch follows in the footsteps of the brand’s five-day power reserve model with a new calibre. Expect a toned-down power reserve and minute changes.
For a major part of the 20th century, the diver’s watch has served as an important genre in horology. With capabilities of enduring extreme depths and tracking decompression periods, these timepieces have stood the test of time. In fact, these have always been regarded as ‘practical’ watches. These watches have retained their iconic status even today and are highly respected for the trifecta of ruggedness, legibility and usefulness.
The 45.5 mm Oris Aquis Small Second Date watch, a veritable diver’s timepiece in stainless steel, comes with a unidirectional 60-minute rotating bezel. Like its predecessor, this model comes with a blue sunray dial, featuring a date window at 3 o’clock and a small seconds at 9 o’clock. The dial gets luminescent hour and minute hands and trapezoidal hour markers. There is a screw-down crown at 3 o’clock with protection. It carries the same dependable features that divers have come to expect from the Oris Aquis Date watches.
In the latest variant, Oris has replaced the 733 Calibre with its Oris 743 movement with 41 hours of power reserve. This movement is based on Sellita SW-220-1, and not on the Sellita caliber SW200-1 movement seen in the previous model. Turning the watch over showcases a stainless steel closed caseback with six visible screws and engraving of 500m/1640ft.
The new Oris Aquis Small Second Date watch is an almost perfect timepiece that can be worn during any water sports activity, without any hesitation, as it comes with 500-metre water resistance. In fact, this is a highly versatile watch that can be worn both as a sports watch and a dress watch, as it comes with a stainless steel bracelet and a blue rubber strap.