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Oris continue with their noble crusade to save the oceans, one dive watch at a time (well, at least they’re doing something, right) which also means we get another cool new Aquis model to coo over.

In this instance they are continuing their ocean conservation project with the release of the Carysfort Reef Limited Edition. I am not sure if you caught it, but the Carysfort Reef was previously released in solid GOLD of all things.

Yes, a conservation watch for ballers. I’m not sure if the two go hand in hand but nevertheless we now thankfully have this rather nice looking Stainless steel specimen on offer.

Case material aside plus perhaps one or two minor aesthetic details, the watch is the same as its golder (it’s a new word) brother.

The Limited Edition has a GMT function and like its gold sibling was also made to celebrate the planting of 30'000 new corals to date in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida.

While the Limited Edition diver is a member of the Aquis family, the Coral Restoration Foundation that it was made in support of, is an organization said to be bringing change for the betterment of the world’s oceans. Amen!

BTW, this is in fact the third watch that Oris has produced in support of the Coral Restoration Foundation.

While isn’t quite as glamorous or exciting as say a shark-themed conservation watch (I do a good shark watch), it is perhaps even more important as coral bleaching has a knock on effect that will ultimately wipe out thousands upon thousands of ocean species including all those cool sharks.

Powered by an Oris 798 automatic movement, the watch can show the time in three time zones simultaneously using the 24HR GMT scale laser-engraved into its bi-directional rotational blue and black (day/night) ceramic bezel.

The watch is based on a 300m water-resistant, multi-piece Stainless steel case measuring 43.5mm in diameter.

This is equipped with said ceramic bezel with GMT scale, double domed inner AR-treated Sapphire crystal and screw-down crown and solid steel case-back with special Carysfort Reef engraving.

The dial is in blue gradient, the soup de jour of dive watch dials. This is with Super-LumiNova luminous material on its hands and indices.

The watch comes on either a Stainless steel link bracelet, or on an orange rubber diver’s strap, both of which come with a Stainless steel security folding clasp with a diver’s extension for fitting over a wetsuit.

The new Carysfort Reef is a Limited Edition of 2’000 pieces, each of which are presented in a special box made using dolphin-friendly algae.

It has a Swiss retail price of 2’850CHF on steel or 2’650CHF on rubber. The watch is available as of June 2020.

Thoughts? This thing looks properly cool on orange rubber! What do you think?


  1. I broke down and bought this watch. Truley beautiful. Love the adjustible clasp on the soft wrist bands. Color on dial is great. Easy to change bands. Oris Aquis bands are about $160 dollars. They come in many colors. Great lume at night. Just a nice looking solid watch for the price.

  2. Not my cup of tea. Color on dial IS great but informations on bezel and dial is a jumble