Here we go with good news from Oris. It’s the coldest time of winter and the Northern hemisphere is covered in a thick blanket of snow, but diving season never ends around the globe, so the Swiss watchmaker doesn’t lose anything by introducing this masterpiece now, when Summer is all the rage down under. As its name directly states, this new Oris Aquis Depth Gauge (Ref. 733 7675 4154) professional-grade automatic diving watch comes equipped with an ingeniously crafted non-mechanical depth meter, which is good for the crushing depths of up to 100 meters!
Judging by the drawing that accompanied their press release, the extremely sapphire crystal that protects the inner workings of the timekeeper from sea water is not only treated with many layers of antireflective coating (which is sort of expected from a watch that costs more than $3500 USD,) but features a special milled channel that makes the depth gauge actually work without a single mechanical part that could jam, break or simply stuck at a the most inconvenient moment that a professional diver could imagine (as guys in the Navy like to say “if something can go wrong, it will go wrong”.)
Containing nothing but thin air, the tube allows water to come inside the crystal. As the diver descents, the water puts more and more pressure on the gas and goes deeper and deeper inside the tube effectively working as a non-mechanical indicator.
The main benefit of such a solution is that there no moving parts in this gauge and the only thing you have to worry about is dirt that may eventually clog the tiny tube.
Like many recently introduced divers, the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge has its 46 millimeter steel body equipped with a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel. Not only extremely scratch resistant, the material also makes the white markings on the diving scale look even more contrast and vivid.
Since there was no need to modify the stock Oris 733 self-winding movement, which is based on the well-known Sellita SW200 ebauche, the Swiss watchmaker managed to keep the price of the timekeeper very low: so far, they plan to sell the timepiece at CHF 3500, which is around $3850 USD at current exchange rate.
For the price, you get the watch itself, as well as their traditional waterproof gift box that includes a spare stainless steel bracelet and all the tools needed to change the straps when needed.
Oris Aquis Depth Gauge Automatic (Ref. 733 7675 4154) watch specification
Price: CHF 3500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Oris caliber 733 (base Sellita SW200), Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, depth gauge
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Black ceramic
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with Oris logo and a metal bracelet with changing tools and waterproof case
Crystal: Sapphire, with milled channel for depth gauging
Case back: Solid, engraved