Oris Artix GT Chronograph Automatic (Ref. 674 7661 4434)
Guys from the Swiss watchmaking brand Oris have recently presented their new timekeeper that comfortably combines a nicely executed, old-fashioned chronograph with a number of trendy features. Belonging to their Artix series, the watch is rather predictably called Oris Artix GT Chronograph automatic (Ref. 674 7661 4434) and is not only equipped with a trendy black ceramic bezel, but also features a very nice linear “progress bar”-style small seconds indicator.
Although the new watch is powered by the good old ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic caliber, it still looks quite unusual thanks to the aforementioned linear seconds indicator.
Neatly placed at 9 hours, it seems to be equipped with a retrograde mechanism that moves a red-painted disk from zero to 60 seconds until it completely fills the thin aperture and then immediately jumps back to restart its cycle.
Simple, but beautiful or, at least, entertaining.
Another interesting thing about the timepiece is the black ceramic bezel. Engraved with a 60-minute “timer” scale and sporting “Mohs 7″ and “1150Hv” inscriptions to prove exceptionally high scratch resistance of the material, the bezel is also fit with a black rubber strip that makes it easier to grip and rotate when needed.
Predictably, the watch shares its alternately brushed and polished stainless steel body with the currently available Artix Chronograph.
Being whole 44 millimeters in diameter, the case is also quite thick at around 15 millimeters, but not excessively so (well, for a sports watch).
The chronograph push-pieces, as well as the setting crown look somewhat vintage, but are clearly easy to operate being large enough even for guys with thick fingers.
This particular ref. 674 7661 4434 model comes equipped with a black rubber strap, but I also hope that there will be a more elegant version on a black leather strap or a steel bracelet. It would be totally awesome.
Oris Artix GT Chronograph Automatic (Ref. 674 7661 4434) watch specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber ETA Valjoux 7750, linear small seconds module developed by Oris, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 46 hours
Movement decoration: Branded oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Black ceramic, engraved
Crown material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Hour markers: Applied, accompanied by luminous dots
Hands: Luminous, steel
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap
Case back: Transparent
Tags: 100 m, 44 mm, 674 7661 4434, Artix GT, Automatic, ceramic, Chronograph, date, ETA Valjoux 7750, Oris