Introducing The Oris Aquis Date Cherry, Now In 43.5mm

by Mark Knight

Personally, I’m a fan of smaller watches, myself. Hence, why I usually tend to gravitate toward vintage pieces, as I find newer watches too darn big! So, you can imagine my pleasant surprise when Oris unveiled the redesigned Aquis divers a while back. At 39.5mm (or even the optional 41.5mm), it’s suitably compact enough. But understandably, some wanted it to be larger.

Well, for those of you who loved that design but yearned for something bolder, Oris has your back. Now, the Aquis, including this flashy cherry red dial variant that was released last year, can now be had in a 43.5mm case. This time around, it really does look like a big-boy dive watch, rather fitting in proportions with its competition from the likes of Seiko and Hamilton.

Just As Bright And Colorful

Despite its bigger presence though, the updated Oris Aquis Date is just as handsome as those that came before it. The date dial is still there, tucked neatly at 6 o’clock. Moreover, its cherry dial is just as bright and colorful as last year’s. This makes the Aquis a killer two-faced watch. It’s fancy enough to wear day-to-day with some jeans or dress it up for a boardroom meeting.

Yet, and with a pretty solid 300mm of water resistance, it’ll fare just as well as a dive watch. If anything, that vivid cherry dial might even make it more legible underwater, no? Underneath, the Aquis is powered by the same Sellita SW200-1-based Oris 733 automatic movement. With 26 jewels, a 38-hour power reserve, and beating at 4Hz, it’s quite a capable powertrain.

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