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Following up from our interview earlier this week with VJ Geronimo, CEO of Oris North America, we decided that the only logical step next was to do another watch review featuring the two Oris pieces that we currently have in. This one will be a bit different as for the first time, we will be reviewing two watches on the same episode. As some of you will know, when we began our relationship with Oris and VJ, we were sent in two watches for review that we had each picked out. And as many times as we talked about switching watches so that we each could have experience with the other, that selfishly never happened because we loved our designated watch too much. So, for today’s review, we will each be focusing on the individual watch that we have spent the most time with.
If you haven’t listened to our podcast episode with VJ from Oris, click here and get caught up. In the episode, not only so we go over his personal history with watches and the brand, but we discuss alot of the history of Oris itself as well as their passion for the enthusiast community and the environment.
Oris Aquis Date with Mint Green Dial
First up with her review will be Katlen with her review of the Oris Aquis Date with mint green dial. This piece was introduced in 2019 and had captivated her attention ever since, so when VJ suggested sending watches for us to review, this one had to be included.
Introduced in 2019, the Oris Aquis Date is a 39.5mm dive watch with a 47mm lug to lug, 13mm thickness, and 21mm lug space. The watch features the Oris calibre 733 three hand display with date, based on the Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with a 38 hour power reserve. You can find a domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on both sides on the front and a mineral crystal showcasing the movement on the backside of the case. As a dive watch, the Aquis is water resistant to 300m and features easy to read Superluminova. This particular model of Aquis features a mint green dial that fades to a grey transition around the minute track and a tungsten bezel on a stainless steel bracelet (with a leather strap available as well). Priced at $2,200 on bracelet.
Katlen’s Questionnaire – How Does It Measure Up?
Now that the facts are out of the way, let’s move into our questionnaire format that breaks down what we think of the watch personally.
Question 1.) What was Katlen’s favorite and least favorite feature of the Oris Aquis?
The Aquis has so many features that are gorgeous and easy to love. Katlen’s favorite feature, the dial! Even though she has mentioned often that she dislikes the color green, the mint dial here is just absolutely perfect. It’s incredibly soft and the way that it transitions to grey around the minute track is stunning, pairing perfectly with the tungsten bezel. Her least favorite feature, the bracelet end links. The way that the lugs and end link are designed, you have to use the Oris strap for it. As someone who loves changing watch straps, this feature really hurts her love of the watch. And while having something custom made is always an option, it limits possibilities on a watch that could pair so well with many strap colors and styles.
Question 2.) How versatile is the Aquis?
Katlen talks about the reality that this is a dive watch and therefore won’t be as “versatile” to some people. Personally, she finds the pairing of dive watches with more formal attire including suits, tuxes, and dresses to be appealing, so this probably won’t apply to many people as far as versatility. Overall, 6/10. While the style in general is something that can be worn regularly, this particular dial color does lead to some limitations when matching with wardrobes, but it works extremely well with neutral colors. And of course, there is the limitations of straps due to the bracelet.
Question 3.) Does the Aquis suit its designated purpose?
As a dive watch, yes. It has 300m of water resistance and the superluminova, making it easy to read in more poorly lit situations. The argument could be made that it isn’t an ISO certified dive watch due to it’s lack of helium escape valve, but the number of people who truly use it to that extent are few and far between.
Question 4.) Does the watch offer a fair value for its cost?
Priced on the bracelet at $2,200, both of us ladies agree that yes, it is a great value. Oris have always provided an amazing entry level luxury timepiece and this is no exception and could even be under priced. When comparing to other dive watches using the same Sellita SW200-1 movement, the Sinn Diver U1 comes to mind at a similar price point but lacks the finishing and refinement. A less expensive option would be the Christopher Ward C60 at half the price but again, the finishing and details are far less superior compared to the Aquis and both are substantially larger.
Question 5.) Is this a watch that would get regular wear and last long term in my collection?
This is a very easy answer- Yes! It’s a watch that has gotten regular (borderline excessive) wear since having it in. Katlen describes the watch as “different but safe” which really incorporates into her style and helps it stand out in her current collection. One thing she would change is the bracelet as it has the polished edges. Once those are brushed out, it would be perfect.
Katlen’s Final Thoughts
The Aquis was everything she hoped it would be. It wears well and is incredibly practical for a dive watch. It’s a solid watch from a great brand at a good value, what more could you want? Kat asks a thought provoking questions about if Katlen feels like this is a ladies watch and the answer is a little difficult. She mentions that it may be a but more of a unique style for a man, but that doesn’t rule out this watch totally. And at the end of the day, there are tons of Aquis colorways to chose from!
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
Kat and her review of the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date come next. Much like Katlen, this is a watch that she had been very curious to check out. Prior to this, Kat had no hands on experience with Oris at all, so we have been anxious for her to spend some time with the pointer date and give her thoughts.
Originally designed for pilots in 1938, the Oris Pointer Date is a 40mm watch that measures 12mm in thickness, 48.4mm lug to lug, and has a 20mm lug space. The variation that Kat has in for review is their blue dial which is a very muted and soft shade of blue. The screw down crown offers 100m of water resistance and the domed sapphire crystal offers anti reflective coating no the inside only with a mineral crystal exhibition caseback similar to the Aquis. Powered by the Oris 754 calibre (based on the SW200-1 movement from Sellita), the Pointer Date has a 38 hour power reserve. Small details that stand out include cathedral hands and a calendar hand that operate independently with red tip to indicate the date that can be found along the outer edge of the dial. Priced at $1,950 on bracelet and $1,750 on leather strap.
Kat’s Questionnaire – How does the Pointer Date Measure Up?
Now that Kat has gone over the details of the watch, we move onto our favorite part of the reviews- the questionnaire. Let’s see what Kat thinks of the Pointer Date.
Question 1.) What is your favorite and least favorite detail of the Oris Pointer Date?
Kat’s favorite feature is the dial. She elaborates that the color is just amazing and is a blue that we really don’t see often. The pop of red on the date hands is awesome and allows for easy readability. It helps to stand out and provides alot of contrast. Her least favorite feature, the crystal. She likes that it is domed as it really suits the feel of the watch. But the anti reflective coating on only one side makes the watch incredibly difficult to read when caught outside (and makes it difficult to photograph). She would really have liked to see anti reflective coating on both sides of the crystal.
Question 2.) How versatile is the watch?
In a word, VERY! Kat chats about how she finds the watch to be on the boundary for what she considers in a pilot watch, casual watch, and field watch. On a strap or nato, the pointer date is very casual and laid back while on the bracelet, it actually dresses itself up very well. The factory bracelet is very polished so she cautions to keep that in mind if you don’t like drawing attention to your wrist.
Question 3.) Does the watch suit it’s designated purpose?
Again, Kat says yes. She elaborates that Oris doesn’t really have a field watch in their collection as they focus more on diving, aviation, and motorsports. This is as close to a field watch as you’re going to get and it lends itself well. The colors suit both men and women and the Pointer Date is available in sizes that fit both larger and smaller writs. Kat calls it a home run; a watch that won’t go out of style anytime soon.
Question 4.) Does the Pointer Date provide a fair value for its cost?
This is a bit of a trickier one for Kat. There is a lot of competition at this price point and she mentions that she would like to see more refinement in case finishing. Kat brings up valid comparisons with the Stowa Verus Grau at $780, the Seiko Alpinist at roughly $700, and the Monta Triumph at $1,595 which all offer similar design aesthetics and some even offer arguably better finishing.
Question 5.) Would this be a watch that gets regular wear and lasts long term in Kat’s collection?
The answer here, yes. Kat really likes the date complication and the look and feel of the case size. Originally concerned about the 40mm size, she mentions that after having it on her wrist, she’d much prefer this to the 36mm option. It’s a watch that she grabs for quite frequently and is even considering adding it to her permanent collection.
Kat’s Final Thoughts
With this having been her very first impression of the brand, Kat is quite impressed by the quality of the watch and how much she has enjoyed it. It’s a watch that she has taken everywhere recently, including the mountains, and it’s fit in no matter where it was.
Well y’all, we hope you enjoyed our breakdown of these two awesome timepieces. Our sincerest thanks again to both VJ Geronimo and the team at Oris for sending these pieces in for us to review. You guys can check out more information on these watches and the rest of their collection on the Oris website. Stay well during these difficult times and we’ll be chatting with you all again here soon!
Kat and Katlen
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