You may recall my earlier post about the new Oris Great Barrier Reef II.
To recap, following on from their first collaboration in 2010 Oris has once again partnered with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) to issue a new limited edition diver’s watch, part of the proceeds of which will go towards the protection and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.
Based on Oris’ Aquis the new Great Barrier Reef II’s case is 46mm of stainless steel, water resistant to 500m, and with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a black polished ceramic inlay. The dial is dark blue (a nod to the water of the Reef) with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova. Being a dive watch, naturally the hour and minute hands and yellow seconds hand are also lumed. The main novelty of this Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II s the addition of a date of the week indication discreetly located on an inner chapter-ring in the middle of the dial.
The case back features a commemorative engraving of a map of Australia and the limitation number (x/2000). Inside is the Sellita SW 220-1 based Oris Calibre 735 with 28,800VPH and a power reserve of thirty-eight hours.
At Baselworld 2016 I had the opportunity to see the watch ‘in the metal’. So,how does it compare to photos?Fairly well, actually, but it is a big watch. One thing that isn’t picked up in the photos, however, is a detail about the outer minute ring.
What you don’t notice at first (or perhaps even second) glance is something about the sapphire crystal and the minute scale. The sapphire crystal is domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside and (here is the bit that is easy to miss) the yellow minute scale printed on inside. Something unusual, and something that requires looking at it at an angle so the light falls just so.
With a good cause linked to it and a successful predecessor, this watch is destined to do well. Australian RRP is $2,900 on a rubber strap and $3,000 on a metal bracelet with an adjustable clasp.