January 26, 2013

Oris Aquis Titan Small Second Date Review

Oris Aquis Titan Small Second Date Watch Review
  Oris has added to the Aquis offering with another serious dive watch. The Aquis Titan Small Second Date is packaged into a 46mm case, with quite a few aesthetic improvements (ref. 74376647253MB).
  Lets start with the aesthetic improvements. For W&R, we were never big fans of the "dart" style" indices. Oris removed the pointed tip on the hour markers and they look much better now. The small seconds subdial on previous versions had been located at 8 0'clock, crammed way to close to the date window. Or located at 10 o'clock, which never balanced the watch quite right either. Third time is a charm as they say, the seconds subdial is now at the 9 o'clock position. Exactly where it always should of been. Now the dial has a much improved overall balance. 
  On to the rest of the Aquis Titan. Oris used a really cool mix of materials. Using a titanium for the case and bracelet, with a tungsten inlay on the bezel. The combination of both materials gives the watch a killer muted gray appearance. The dial is also gray to round out the gray visual appeal. Oris used Superluminova BGW9 lume applied to the markers and hands. Glows a beautiful blue green, one of W&R favorite lume colors. The Titan has a screw down crown, a water resistance of 500m, and features a HEV. The bracelet or rubber strap versions are 26mm at the horns. Again, one of the biggest gripes is the design of the lugs, heavily limiting and strap change options. The Aquis Titan Small Second Date is powered by a Sellita SW200 automatic movement. This movement is nothing impressive, but is not bad by any means either. 
  In W&R opinion, this is definitely one of Oris's better overall designs. The new improvements aesthetically, with a very respectable price point for a Swiss watch, it is worthy of throwing into the plethora of dive watch options.

Pros - tungsten bezel inlay, much improved over previous versions.
Consideration - Lug design, watch looks very large on bracelet version

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 46mm
Bracelet: Titanium
Lug Width: 26mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Unidirectional, with Tungsten inlay
Movement: Oris 743, base movement Sellita SW200 
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistant: 500M

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