Oris has continued to press its ocean conservation position, and recently they have partnered up with Pacific Garbage Screening. PGS is a German fir that is committed to cleaning our oceans of the plastic waste they are plagued by. In an effort to promote the new partnership, Oris decided to launch a limited edition dive watch. The Aquis Date Diver model has a sweet ocean blue dial, and the caseback of the watch is bears a PET plastic medallion in honor of the project.
The environmental arm of the United Nations has estimated that eight million tonnes of plastic debris reaches the oceans each year, and by 2050, there could be more plastic in our oceans, than fish. Much of the fish we eat has already tested positive for toxins related to this type of pollution, and it really is impossible to stop these fish from ingesting micro plastics accidentally. This is where Pacific Garbage comes in. They have developed floating platform technology that acts as a large sieve to collect plastic garbage from waterways, estuaries, and from the seas.
So, regarding dive watches, Oris is keenly aware of the fact that dive watches live most of their lives on land, while staying prepared for the sea. So during 2017, Oris initiated a design upgrade, making their dive watches more streamlined, and more refined. Instead of the 43.5 millimeter case of the 2017 Aqua Date watch, the 2018 Clean Ocean watch has a case of 39.5 millimeters. This makes the true dive watch more usable on land, and available for functions not related at all to diving. The watch still has the deep 300 meter diving credentials, but a more land worthy size and appearance.
The watches were first put out with blue and black dial choices, but now also comes with a green dial. These latest Aquis Clean Ocean watches come with a stainless steel case having a unidirectional bezel suited for timing dives. The case has integrated lugs as well as a new device to protect the crown. The watch also has a very nice looking blue ceramic bezel insert that matches the color scheme of the watches. The latest watches come in a sunburst aqua blue dial color. The watch hands, as well as the hour makers and central seconds and all come with SuperLuminova to assist with legibility during poor lighting conditions.
These watches are powered by the ever reliable Caliber 733 movement. These watch movements are based on the Sellita SW 200-1, and they are automatic movements having the signature red rotor. The movements have a frequency of 4Hz, and offer a power reserve of 38 hours. The outer portion of the presentation box was fabricated from algae, and has a recycled plastic inlay. These watches come with a matching steel bracelet that has a very cool diver’s clasp that can be manipulated manually. The timepiece will be limited to 2000 units, and has a price tag of about $2,200. I assure you Oris is a company that is quite serious about caring for the oceans, and if you like, you can visit oris.ch for more information. Thank you.