Oris has teamed up with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) in order to help to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. The Swiss watchmaker will make a donation to the charity’s vital work, funded by sales of the limited edition diver’s timepiece named Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world.
This is the second time that Oris has joined forces with the Australian charity, following a successful partnership in 2010. This partnership is especially important considering the fact that it is AMCS’s 50th anniversary year.
The Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II is based on the Aquis, Oris’s popular diver’s watch and boasts innovative day display, indicated via an inner chapter ring. This newcomer is produced in the limited series of 2,000 specimens.
The watch design has been inspired by the sea, yet focussing on functionality and legibility. So when the dark blue dial and coral yellow details on the watch mirror the color palette of the Great Barrier Reef, they also create contrast and legibility, even in the murky underwater conditions.
The new Oris’s diver’s watch is housed in a 46mm stainless steel case which incorporates a unidirectional rotating bezel’s inlay made of black polished ceramic, a scratch-resistant and non-corrosive material that the manufacturer first pioneered in its diver’s timepieces a number of years ago.
Its impeccable diving credentials also boast an in-house-developed safety anchor and a quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp on the rubber strap. These useful devices were developed in cooperation with professional divers and make diver’s wristwatches more secure, as well as easier to slip on and off over a wetsuit.
Underneath the scratch-resistant glass lies a dark blue dial with applied indices filled with Superluminova and there are also nickel hour and minute hand and yellow second hand filled with the same lume substance. The front glass comes with anti-reflective coating inside and yellow minute scale printed on the inside.
The reverse side of the watch displays the Australian map and engraved limited edition number of each watch.
The Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition II (ref. 01 735 7673 4185 RB) is available either with a rubber strap with the brand’s developed safety anchor and a quick adjustment sliding-sledge folding clasp or with a stainless steel bracelet.
The watch will be available from February, 2016 for the retail price of CHF 2,100 (approximately $2,100).
The AMCS was set up in 1965 with a vision to protect Australia’s diverse ocean wildlife. This independent charity is dedicated exclusively to protect ocean wildlife and their homes. Its work focuses on creating large marine national parks, sustainable fisheries, as well as on protecting and recovering threatened ocean wildlife and threatened species, such as sharks, seals and whales.