The new Oris Maldives Limited Edition Automatic 300M Diver (Ref. 643 7654 7185 RS / MB) was introduced last month to celebrate the World Oceans Day, as well as to raise some money to Bluepeace, an environmental NGO, which is based on Maldives and has its main objective “to protect the environment through environmental education and training.”
Like the recently presented Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series diver, the new diving watch features a scratch-resistant rotating bezel that consists of a notched titanium ring and a colored ceramic inlay with the traditional 15-minute diving scale, black minute markers and bold Arabic numerals.
To make it easier to operate the watch in poor lighting conditions, the bezel also sports a tiny orange dot, which is painted at 12 o’clock (or “00 minutes,” if you like.)
Colored in interesting-looking Titanium Blue shade, the ceramic ring blends nicely with the matte dial of the same color.
Besides being simply pleasant to look at, the dial also serves as a good background for the hour markers and the hands, all of them covered with orange Superluminova luminescent substance.
Compared to other luminous compounds, usually offered with cheaper Swiss watches, Superluminova glows longer and brighter, considerably increasing the timekeeper’s legibility and making it more usable deep under water.
The timekeeper is powered by the relatively old Oris caliber 643 automatic movement, which is based on the well-known ETA 2836-2 self-winding ebauche.
Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the movement features bi-directional automatic winding system with ball bearings and is built on 27 rubies.
Although some of the modified movements are officially rated by the Swiss COSC authority as chronometers, this particular version of the caliber seems to be of standard accuracy.
The movement is protected from salty water with a chunky titanium case.
Being whole 43 millimeters in diameter, the case still looks very elegant (especially the version that comes on a metal bracelet) and features a pair of perfectly sculpted crown guards that protect the screw-in titanium crown from occasional bumps.
Since the watch is rated for an impressive depth of 300 meters (30 ATM,) the Oris Maldives Limited Edition is equipped with a helium escape valve (HEV) and sports a solid case back, which is painted with an electric blue Manta Ray logo.
According to the Swiss watchmaker, it is going to donate CHF 20 (around $24 USD) from each watch sold to Bluepeace (which makes it less than 1 per cent from a recommended street price of the timepiece.)
Since the whole run of the Oris Maldives is going to be limited at only 2000 pieces, the guys at Bluepeace will receive less than $50,000 for their cause. Clearly not too much to help an NGO that really tries to save the world.
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Oris Maldives Limited Edition 300M Diver (Ref. 643 7654 7185 RS / MB ) specification
Price: From $2450 (rubber strap, Ref. 643 7654 7185 RS) to $2650 (metal bracelet, Ref. 643 7654 7185 MB)
Movement: Automatic, Oris caliber 643, based on ETA 2836-2 ebauche, 25.60 mm in diameter, 27 jewels, 28,800 vph, bi-directional automatic winding, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Branded oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case and Crown material: Titanium
Bezel material: Titanium with ceramic inlay
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: 25 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Dial: Titanium Blue
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Black adjustable rubber strap or Metal bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Solid, with Manta Ray logo