Introducing the Oris Aquis Small Second Date

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A few weeks back, we wrote about the Oris Aquis Staghorn Restoration, a limited edition diver Oris put out to commemorate its partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation. Building on the momentum of that release, Oris has just announced its latest addition to the Aquis line–the Aquis Small Second Date.

The sub-seconds dial at nine places the hour and minute hands center stage, the latter being the most important hand for timing dives.

The Small Second Date continues the revamp of the Aquis collection, which saw a small, but impactful redesign introduced earlier this year. That redesign features a slimmer and more refined case, a new dial and hands, and a thinner bracelet. A small-second complication is not new to the Aquis line, but it’s the first iteration of the feature with the new facelift.

The stainless steel case measures 45.5mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 50 bar/500 meters. A screw-down crown at three is flanked by a set of robust guards, and the uni-directional bezel features a ceramic inlay with a 60-minute timer.

Powering the watch is Oris’ caliber 743, which is essentially a rebadged Selitta SW 220-1 with Oris’ iconic red rotor.

The redesign is not only surface level. Oris has engineered the new case to have a small gap between the mid-case and bezel, allowing for easier grip of the bezel underwater, ultimately making it a more functional tool. Sandwiching the mid-case are a double-domed sapphire up top (with internal a/r coating) and a screwed case back.

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There are two versions of the watch on offer. The sunburst blue dial features applied indices and polished hands with white Super-LumiNova, and the black dial features orange-colored Super-LumiNova. The former is classic and versatile; the latter, designed for maximum visibility underwater, speaks to the line’s tool-watch ethos.The blue-dialed version will be made available on either a blue or black rubber strap, and the black dial will come on a black rubber strap. Alternatively, there’s an option to get either model on a matching stainless steel bracelet with a diver’s extension.

The Oris Aquis Small Second Date retails for $2,350 on rubber and $2,600 on the bracelet. Oris

Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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