Just when you thought, what more could Oris do on the Aquis front, this happened. The new Oris Aquis GMT Date. Released earlier this year at Baselworld 2019, Oris has made life a Tad bit easier for Globetrotters integrating a GMT function, for the very first time into this iconic professional divers watch. Ok so a GMT function is probably something you’d never use during a dive, but hey it doesn’t hurt to benefit from a few additional extras especially when you’re traveling does it?
Looking fly with its sunray finished deep blue dial, the watch features a 43.5mm stainless steel case and retains all the powerful elements of the Aquis Date Model released by the brand last year including the toned down case profile, the integrated lugs, the embossed screw-in security crown and more importantly the whopping 300 meters of water-resistance.
Sitting on top of the case is a polished black bi-directional rotating bezel engraved with a 24-hour scale. The significance of this is that the watch now shows the time in three separate time zones simultaneously – one via the conventional central hour and minute hands; a second via the yellow-tipped central hand read on the internal recessed track; and a third read off against the bezel. The GMT hand is set by unscrewing the crown, pulling it out to position 2 and moving it clockwise. Moving the crown anti-clockwise sets the date.
You’ll notice Oris has done a fantastic job in not keeping the dial too busy. The hands and indices have been applied with Super-LumiNova.
Beating inside the new Oris Aquis GMT Date is the calibre 798, based on a Sellita SW 330-1 with a power reserve of 42 hours. Oris’ iconic red rotor is visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, giving the watch so much character.
With a recommended retail price of $3,500 Australian Dollars for the blue and black rubber strap models, AUD $3,700 for the leather strap model and AUD $3,700 for the stainless steel bracelet, you’re not only getting a watch that has great aesthetic appeal but superior functionality and heritage too.