Oris Aquis Titan Chronograph Automatic Diving Watch (Ref. 674 7655 7253)
Supplied in a huge (as a matter of fact, whole 46 millimeters in diameter!) titanium body, this gorgeous Oris Aquis Titan Chronograph (Ref. 674 7655 7253) automatic diving wrist watch offers you everything that you can expect from this kind of a timekeeper: an impressive water resistance rating, a bullet-proof self-winding movement, and an easily recognizable, yet very original design. The whole nine yards, so to say.
The timekeeper was originally presented by the Swiss watchmaker a couple months ago during the last Baselworld 2012 trade show together with another rugged beauty: the limited edition Oris Tubbataha Regulator Diver with a regulator-style dial layout.
Looking almost identical to the last year’s Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series Diver (Ref. 674 7655 7184-Set) and, too, rated for pretty much impressive 500 meters of water resistance, the new Oris Aquis Titan comes in a slightly smaller body, but, thanks to the nice combination of polished and machine-brushed surfaces and different materials, looks a lot more imposing and, well, professional.
While many recently presented divers are offered with either wholly or partly ceramic bezels, this new model features a not so common tungsten inlay, which, with its hardness of 7.5 on Mohs scale, is even harder than most ceramic materials used in the watchmaking industry.
According to official info, some parts of the watch, such as the screw-down crown and the chronograph push-pieces at 2 and 4 o’clock, are done using a high-grade stainless steel. Together with inevitable helium escape valve (HEV, placed at 9 o’clock), they make the watch look even more interesting.
As usual for divers, the watch has its applied hour markers generously covered with Superluminova. The hours, minutes and small seconds hands are also luminous, although they could have been slightly broader in order to increase legibility.
Inside this model is beating the well-known ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph caliber. Graciously combining great reliability with impressive serviceability, the movement is still considered a de facto industry standard, even despite its advanced age.
Very nice timekeeper, that. I hope, Oris will manage to set the price right.
Oris Aquis Titan Chronograph (Ref. 674 7655 7253) automatic diving watch specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber ETA Valjoux 7750, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 44 hours
Movement decoration: Branded, red-colored oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Titanium
Bezel material: Matches case, tungsten inlay
Crown material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Dark grey
Hour markers: Luminous, applied
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Titanium bracelet with adjustable folding clasp
Case back: Solid
Tags: 46 mm, 500 m, 674 7655 7253, Aquis, Automatic, Chronograph, date, diving watch, ETA Valjoux 7750, HEV, Oris, Titan, Titanium, tungsten