Oris Aquis GMT Date

By: Michael Penate

The Oris Aquis has endured as one of the most universally-accepted, high-value sport watches released in recent years. The form factor, relative affordability, and casual, utilitarian construction are features that make it attractive to those interested in saving and ponying up the dough for their first “nice” watch. For Baselworld 2019, the familiar Oris Aquis has been updated with a GMT complication, making it what could very well be, the coolest and most vacation-ready version so far. Let’s take a quick look at this “not-so-piloty” GMT option.

Coming in at 43.5mm, the Aquis GMT Date might sound large but the Aquis line has one of the best, integrated strap systems available on the market today. In fact, any time I get to spend some time with an Aquis, I usually keep it on the rubber strap, which flows well with the case structure and allows the watch to wear smaller than it sounds. This GMT should be no different but if you want some different options, Oris is also offering it an integrated brown leather strap and a stainless steel bracelet. Also, I’m loving this deep blue sunray dial—it complements the centrally-oriented calendar complication, works with the Aquis design, and offers some cool contrast together with the ceramic GMT bezel.


 
 

Inside is a reliable Sellita SW 330-1 Swiss GMT movement that beats at 4Hz and offers 38 hours of power reserve. Really, I think that with this movement choice, the price for the base model could have been reduced—but it’s up to you to gauge whether or not this is a high-value piece. Overall, the package is attractive and I hope Oris continues to experiment with more dial colors, strap options, and bezel colorways in the future. I see this as a cool alternative to Oris’ “pilot” GMTs, which can sometimes offer a look that’s far too static and utilitarian for some consumers.

Oris Aquis GMT Date Specs

  • Case Diameter: 43.5mm
  • Movement: Selitta SW 330-1
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Bracelet: Stainless Steel, Rubber, or Leather
  • Water Resistance: 300m
  • Price: CHF 2,600

The Oris Aquis GMT date is set for official release in April 2019 and should be available at any Oris AD or boutique. What do you think? Is it worth it? Should this have stayed a dive watch? To learn more, visit the official Oris site. Oris


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