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ORIS Aquis LAKE BAIKAL Limited Edition [GOT WATER]

Oris moves forwards with its mission to conserve water, doing their bit to avert the impending doom of a global water crisis.

With this in mind they have released a diver’s watch made in support of a project based at Siberia’s vast freshwater body, Lake Baikal.

Measuring 636 kilometers in length and with an area of 31,722 km², Lake Baikal is considered the deepest lake in the world with a depth of 1,642 meters.

In terms of volume it is also the World’s largest lake.

It also contains 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water, and more than 50 per cent of the planet’s drinkable liquid freshwater – basically the world’s largest water reproduction factory.

Oris’s latest Limited Edition is based on the Aquis diver’s watch. Just 1,999 pieces will be made, marking the year that Russia passed the Baikal Law.

Special features of the watch include: a gradient blue dial and a screw-down Stainless steel case-back with a special engravings and a Lake Baikal insert recalling the lake’s frozen icy surface.

Basic spec. includes: a 43.5mm multi-piece Stainless steel case, a unidirectional rotating bezel with ceramic insert and a double-domed Sapphire crystal with inner AR-coating. WR is 300m.

Power comes from an Oris 733 automatic movement with 38hrs of power-reserve and a date window at 6 o’clock, instantaneous date and date corrector.

Each of the Lake Baikal Limited Edition watches are presented in a box made of environmentally friendly cardboard.

Swiss MSRP is 2’250CHF. Sales of the Oris Lake Baikal Limited Edition will help fund the center’s work. Availability from February 2020.

Thoughts? A missed opportunity imo, to create a deep diving Aquis celebrating Lake Baikal’s 1642 meter depth; a thicker case-back and crystal would have done the trick. Nice dial, though!

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