Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Steel Limited Edition Watch Review

Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Steel Limited Edition Watch Review

Meet Oris’ latest limited edition diver’s timepiece, the Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Steel Limited Edition, designed in aid of the Coral Restoration Foundation. With a long history supporting marine-based charities, Oris are proving their persistence for change is no marketing ploy but a genuine desire to help better the world’s oceans. This latest limited edition of 2,000 pieces is the third watch produced by Oris in support of the Coral Restoration Foundation and will once again help raise funds and awareness for the charity.

Since their first partnership in 2014, Oris has continued to work with the Coral Restoration Foundation to help assist in the protection of the Carysfort Reef. This endangered ecosystem forms part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary which makes up the third largest barrier reef in the world and the only one in the United States. Unfortunately, over the last 50 years, the reef has become severely degraded with coral populations declining by around 98%. But not all is lost, thanks to the fantastic work of the Coral Restoration Foundation who have already made significant strides to secure its future.  So far, they have returned nearly 25,000 corals to the reef through its outplanting programmes, a figure they hope to rise by at least 30,000 by the end of 2020.

Earlier this year, the Swiss watch manufacturer released the second Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition since 2017, a 60 piece rose gold version of their iconic Aquis GMT watch. Today, we are introduced to a stunning stainless steel variation which remains a robust diver for travellers with a remarkable GMT complication that can track up to three different time zones at once. The standard Aquis GMT is similarly available in a black and blue colour scheme like the Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Steel Limited Edition, but instead it stands out with its lighter blue dial, two toned bezel and striking orange rubber strap.

The Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Steel Limited Edition watch measures to 43.5mm in diameter and 14mm thick with its stainless steel case complemented by brushed and polished finishes. First debuted on the rose gold Carysfort Reef watch released in January, the steel model also showcases a notched two toned black and blue ceramic insert on the bezel with a laser-engraved 24 hour scale around its circumference. The black and blue theme works as a day and night indicator with the black corresponding to night-time hours and blue for daytime hours. The bezel also features an orange triangle at the 12H position to pair with the other orange accents scattered across the dial.

It’s screw in crown protected by crown guards and screw down case back provide a water resistant rating of 300 metres while the case back features a stunning engraving of different species of coral found in Carysfort Reef along with the limited edition number out of 2,000 pieces. Hidden beneath is the Oris 798 automatic winding movement which provides central hands for hours, minutes seconds and 24 hour hand, date window and a power reserve of 42 hours. The three time zone readings can be set using the standard central hour hand, the central GMT hand with orange tip and the bi-directional GMT bezel in combination with the GMT hand.

Each of these functions are presented on a stunning blue gradient dial designed to imitate the shallow waters that are home to Florida’s coral. The snailed 24 hour GMT scale is detailed with white and orange numerals while all four central hands and the indices are decorated with glow in the dark Superluminova. As expected, the dial of the Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Steel Limited Edition watch is protected by scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass domed on both sides and treated with anti-reflective coating the inside.

The Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Steel Limited Edition is available on a classic stainless steel bracelet or a sporty orange rubber strap, both fitted with a stainless steel folding clasp with diving extension system. The limited edition also comes in a special box made from sustainable algae. The steel variation retails at £2,250 and the rubber at £2,100, both much more affordable than the 18 carat gold version making it more accessible for many of us to support the Coral Restoration Foundation.

If you’d like to get your hands on your own Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef watch, you can order both the bracelet and rubber variations on Jura Watches website here now available with interest free finance and free delivery!

Specifications: Oris Aquis Carysfort Reef Limited Edition (01 798 7754 4185-Set RS, 01 798 7754 4185-8 24 05PEB)

  • Case Size: 43.5mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Bi-directional with GMT scale, two toned for day and night indicator
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Crown: Screw in
  • Case Back: Screw down with special engraving
  • Water Resistance: 300 metres
  • Movement: Oris 798 automatic winding
  • Functions: Centre hands for hours, minutes, seconds and 24 hours, date
  • Power Reserve: 42 hours
  • COSC: No
  • Jewels: 25
  • Frequency: 28,000vph
  • Dial: Blue gradient with Superluminova hands and indices
  • Strap: Metal bracelet or orange rubber
  • Buckle: Folding buckle with diving extension
  • RRP: £2,250 (Bracelet), £2,100 (Rubber)
  • Limited Edition: 2,000 pieces

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