With the new Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series diving watch the Swiss watchmaker celebrates the last year’s feat of its ambassador: master freediver Carlos Coste. Swimming under water for very much impressive 150 meters through a rocky passage inside the monstrous Dos Ojos flooded cave system, the daredevil Venezuelan freediver officially became the Guinness World Record holder for the “longest distance swam underwater with one breath (open water).”
Although Mr. Coste needed to swim for only 75 meters to set the world record, he doubled the distance. Just to make sure.
It must be noted that, while assisted by a team of professional rescuers, the Venezuelan diver was taking a significant risk going underwater without scuba equipment, since the assistants didn’t have a supply of extra oxygen with them.
If anything went wrong, his only hope would be to get him to surface as fast as they could.
And it is difficult to move fast through a system of caverns filled with water.
So, Mr. Coste is indeed a brave man.
To celebrate his success, the Swiss brand introduced the new Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series Diver (Ref. 674 7655 7184-Set) special edition diving watch.
Limited to 2000 pieces (which means that most people will not have problems finding it in the foreseeable future,) the watch will be delivered in a special presentation box.
Inside the leather box, besides the timekeeper, you will find a replacement black rubber strap with a comfortable-looking folding clasp, multipurpose soft pouch, tools for the bracelet change and an inevitable limited edition certificate.
The watch itself looks like a refreshed version of their gorgeous 51 mm Oris ProDiver chronograph watch, albeit smaller, more refined.
It is, too, issued in a multi-piece titanium case that has been reduced to less intimidating 46 millimeters in diameter.
The rotating diving bezel is still made in black ceramic with a titanium notched ring that makes it easier to operate the watch.
The hour markers have also become more interesting to look at.
Shaped like hollow-point bullets, the indexes are now more dynamic, providing the watch with a more aggressive, even menacing look.
The dial was also changed.
Although the timekeeper’s face lost some of its family features (like the usual wave pattern on the dial and the lifebuoy-shaped sub-dial rings,) it now better suits the image of an adventurous diver, literally radiating testosterone.
It must also be noted that the watch is not just about the looks.
Equipped with a helium escape valve (at 9 o’clock) and sporting a thick sapphire glass as well as a solid, screw-down case-back, the watch is good to descent down to as deep as 500 meters!
Well, that’s not as deep as the recent Hublot King Power Oceanographic 4000 can go, but still very much impressive!
Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series Diver (Ref. 674 7655 7184-Set) automatic diving watch specification
Price: $4550 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, ETA Valjoux 7750 ebauche, 28,800 vph, 25 jewels, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Red Oris-branded oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 44 hours
Case material: Titanium
Bezel material: Ceramic
Crown material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round, notched
Case size: 46.00 mm
Lug width: 26 mm
Case height: 20.40 mm
Dial: Matte black
Hour markers: Applied, luminous (Superluminova)
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Titanium bracelet with adjustable folding clasp; Spare black rubber strap with folding clasp; tools for the bracelet change included in the box
Case back: Screw-down display back in titanium, solid, with Carlos Coste’s logo