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Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

Let me tell you why I acquired a new Oris timepiece for my daughter that I don’t plan on giving her for 18 years. Time is an important commodity, and watches do more than just keep track of it: watches often signify a specific achievement or moment in time that rings to mind with every glance at the wrist. They also represent the passing of time, which is far too precious to observe on a timepiece you don’t give a damn about. That is not to say a watch needs to be expensive to be important, it just needs to be significant to the wearer, which brings me to the point of this particular Oris Aquis Date Diamonds watch.

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

My daughter’s Oris Aquis Diamond Date next to my first mechanical watch: A Tissot PRS-516.

Watches have always been my interest, but it was my first mechanical watch (a Tissot PRS 516) that sealed the deal on my appreciation for horology, and I think that many of you reading this post will relate to what I’m talking about. It was a cherished experience, and it’s just one of those things I’d love to be able to recreate for my daughter, who was born this past December. Yes, I know… It will be quite some time before she can even wear a watch, but there is a method to my madness.

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

My idea was to purchase a watch within the first year of my daughter’s life, and hold on to this piece until an appropriate or significant date in the distant future. Perhaps her graduation from college or university, her 21st birthday, or whatever event just feels right. It will hopefully be her first mechanical watch, and by then, it could very well be considered vintage – yet unworn and brand-spanking-new. So why did I select an Oris Aquis with diamonds, date, display back, and a stainless steel bracelet? I will explain.

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

I needed the overall design to be timeless and versatile, something that could be dressed up or down, and will still look the part around 2035. It would need to look age-appropriate and be durable enough for an active 20-something, and a brand that the average schmo wouldn’t recognize. And finally, it needed to spark an interest in mechanical things, which means a display back was pretty much mandatory. Well, when I walked past a boutique window about 2 weeks prior to my daughter’s birth, I saw this very Oris Aquis Date Diamonds watch, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

First off, the glossy dial and ceramic bezel play wonderfully with the light, and although I typically steer clear of diamonds, they contrast with the overall sporty appearance of this piece in an interesting way. It’s almost quirky, but it is done so simply that it just works.


Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

Another thing is that this piece is waterproof with a screw down crown, which when fully screwed down, has the logo resting flat. A small detail, but nevertheless pleasing to behold. The crown guard is seemingly a separate piece with two set screws holding it in place – which I also enjoy as a detail on this watch, as it feels almost industrial but blends right in with that ceramic bezel and diamond dial.

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

The bracelet has brushed centre links and polished links on the outside, with the laser-etched folding clasp being entirely brushed. The Oris Aquis Date Diamonds also has a substantial feeling to it for a smaller (36mm) ladies’-sized watch, which adds to the heft of the thing. Another thing I think people enjoy about wearing a stainless steel watch is that you definitely feel the weight of it on the wrist, and this delivers.

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

Finally, the movement is based on the Sellita SW 200-1 (essentially an ETA 2824-2) and that is a good thing for this piece. Why? Well, although you might say these movements are quite ubiquitous, in my thinking, that means replacements are more likely to exist in the time when my daughter will actually be wearing the watch. In an effort to promote longevity, I feel like foregoing complicated and rare for common and plentiful may be to the advantage of this watch.

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

Future Legacy Watch: An Oris Aquis Date Diamonds For My Daughter’s Adult Self Hands-On

Not only do I want to present my kid with a birth year watch, I want this timepiece to serve as a wrist-mounted companion on her own journey through time. I want it to be worn, scuffed, repaired and appreciated as it marks the passing of our most precious commodity, and I believe this Oris Aquis watch is up for the challenge. Years from now, if she finds this article she might want to know that the Oris Aquis Date Diamonds ladies’ watch is priced at $2,200 – I wonder what mechanical watches will cost then…

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  • Greg Street

    Great stuff, Matt.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Thank you Greg!

  • john coleman

    A lovely idea. Will the watch be put in an auto winder now and again over the next 18/20 years?

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Yup. I have a plan to keep it hidden and occasionally wound via the rotor. I spoke to my watchmaker friend about how to make sure this thing still keeps time in 18 or so years without being worn regularly.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Well, Mr. Johnson, or Mr. Smith, or Mr. Smith – Johnson, or whoever you are, this a very thoughtful and kind action for your beautiful daughters future.

    Now do the wise thing and get this notarized and “lawyer certified ” so she can actually enjoy the bounty of your consideration.

  • I_G

    Maybe a quartz Michael Kors watch would have been a better choice, unless she’s raised to be a WIS.

  • Dave Ryan

    Cool, my daughter has a Seiko 5 waiting for her. I’ll buy her something more pricey after I know what her style as an adult will be.

  • Just think, if you had instead put the $2200 into an index fund with a 7 percent average rate of return, and made $100 monthly deposits, in 21 years, she’d have $66,000. By that time, it should be just enough to cover one semester of college.

    Or, if she continues the upkeep of the fund with the exact same parameters, by the time she’s 50, she’d have over $600,000.

    • David

      She may also be lucky to have $2200. Meanwhile, a father and daughter don’t have a priceless moment to share and his daughter thinks that Dad is just about money. I’m pretty sure Matt will manage to cover both bases.

      • Shinytoys

        dig it !

  • DanW94

    A touching gesture. I sincerely hope your daughter embraces your love of horology and is absolutely giddy when she finally receives this keepsake, but as a parent to a twenty year old daughter, I’ve come to find that sometimes the things you love and deem important have absolutely no interest to them. Regardless though, I’m sure you’ll raise a proper young lady and whether she’s a watch enthusiast or not, when presented with this decades planned gift, she’ll profusely thank you and say it’s perfect.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Yeah, I figure that there is a pretty good chance my daughter will find my interest in watches lame, right along with my music and clothing. I don’t expect she will be a watchnerd like myself—but I do think (and hope) that she’ll appreciate the sentiment. Thanks for the kind words 😎

      • Timestandsstill

        It looks like she is already enjoying it! …..if only for the bling factor now (shiny toy 🙂

  • David

    Matt, I had been considering buying my wife a nice watch at some point since I purchased my first “expensive” watch, and after reading your article, I decided that this watch would fit my wife’s taste exactly. I was also able to purchase it at a price point that she wouldn’t return it to the store and spend the money on shoes. So, as long as my wife doesn’t read this blog, she will be surprised on Christmas morning. Maybe I should make her wait 18 years as well.

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      hahaha… Yeah I doubt she will want to wait the 18 years! It’s a beautiful watch.

  • JayM

    Couple things. Actually three.

    First off, I’ve never read this sentiment before but I love it: “[Fine timepieces] also represent the passing of time, which is far too precious to observe on a timepiece you don’t give a damn about.” That’s a fantastic way to express why have a nice watch rather than something that needs firmware upgrades or can be replaced at a cheap kiosk anywhere on the planet.

    Secondly, great choice of watch and brand. I own an Aquis and am a huge fan of Oris. Another comment you made that rings true is their watches aren’t obvious to the “average schmo.” I like that if someone recognizes what I’m wearing they’re probably a watch guy (person) and know I am as well.

    Third, the picture of your daughter with the watch is precious. Make that into a print, put copies somewhere safe, do not leave it in purely digital form as it is too important and priceless. For her to see that when she ultimately receives the watch will make for a truly emotional moment (moreso for you, as a father watching my daughter hit the teen years is killing me).

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Thank you JayM… I’m glad you understand my sentimentality for the passing of time itself. It’s a resource we need to make the most of, and honour.

      Also, I didn’t include it in the article but I did get a print of that photo: I put it in with the papers for the watch and there is a very special note on the back.

  • Spaceguitar

    This is absolutely fantastic. I am having this exact same discussion with my wife for my two daughters (2 years, and 5 months respectively). My wife thinks this is a semi veiled excuse for dad to go buy two watches…partially true haha…but although I wish they would simply slow down growing up so fast I cannot wait to pick something up for each of them. They’ll get quartz beaters in short order, but now my mind is racing once again as to what their “adult” mechanical watch will be.

    I was at one point thinking vintage (yet serviceable), as you can find cool, funky, old Omegas at reasonable prices; maybe mens watches of the day but could easily be worn by a young woman now. But I now am rethinking this based on your point about a more modern movement with “legs”.

    Anyway, this article absolutely made my day, and is now gas to add to the fire for the “negotiations” at home, haha. Cheers, and enjoy that wonderful daughter of yours!

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      It’s an excuse to buy a watch, sure… But I think watches mean so much more to us as ‘enthusiasts’, and it’s something you can really only understand from our point of view. Good luck with the negotiations!

  • Shinytoys

    I love all things Oris and this piece is beautiful. But I love the story behind the purchase so much more. Mazel Tov Matt on the birth of your daughter. What a fine idea and gesture. You rock, Matt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Well thank you kindly, Shinytoys!

      • Shinytoys

        my pleasure !

  • Can imagine another father reading this article and using slightly different reasoning to go out and buy a Patek Nautilus 3712 for his daughter.

    “If it skyrockets in value, I will sell it at auction and buy her a pony. If it doesn’t, she can have the bloody watch.”

    • DanW94

      Easy, the father should buy the Patek for himself and just get the daughter a pony…..I bought my daughter a horse – trust me when I say a young girl will take a horse over a watch a million times over : )

  • TrevorXM

    Wha–??? You’re not buying her a smart watch as a father-daughter bond keepsake? Hard to believe. Every time I go on a watch blog and point out how stupid smart watches are, I get chewed out by my betters — so now I know better! You should have bought her a smart watch. Image what that will be worth in 20 years! A real collector’s item!

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Hahahaha… Well, we all have different opinions about smartwatches over here at ABTW, so I can’t speak for anyone else, but if you ask me, I am all about mechanical (and mostly ‘vintage’) watches. Don’t care for the techy stuff myself.

      If someone wants a watch a status symbol (I’m sure this impulse has sold many a Rolex) people can go out and buy an 18K Apple watch and get that feeling. Others will notice how cool (and expensive!) it looks, feel special, and they will have a gadget to play with. Who’s to say they are wrong? It’s just not something for me, and I take it they are not for you either 😎

  • Lurch

    This is the most absurd article I have ever seen published. I do not understand the rationale buying an expensive Swiss watch for a child who won’t be able to wear it for several years (at least a decade). I went watch shopping when my wife wanted a watch and we went together and settled for a Raymond Weil Parsifal. I really enjoyed the experience – searching and finding a watch with her that she selected. You don’t get this with your daughter by buying the watch now and furthermore, you don’t know if she will grow up liking it. You’ll also need to service the watch 2 or 3 times if not more. The watch style may also become outdated and she will never wear it. It will just sit in a drawer and be an heirloom. By the way, you have a cute baby girl. I liked the photo you took with her smile.

    • SuperStrapper

      Stay classy.

      • Lurch

        Stay sycophantic.

  • Rawwar

    I just love the sentiment with this idea, beautiful.

  • Coert Welman

    This is so precious. I went through a similar thought exercise a while back and decided to buy my daughter a watch for when she is ready to wear a watch in such a manner that it won’t be destroyed almost immediately. I got my hands on a vintage (~1970) manual wind Minnie Mouse watch. From birth my little girl (3y3m now) was crazy about Minnie. the watch was decently priced as well.

  • egznyc

    Well this article really touched me. I have a baby girl myself – born earlier this year – and she is so sweet and curious about the world around her; I have a pretty good idea of the feeling behind this gesture and the photo of your girl with the watch that will one day be hers is adorable!

    So I read with great enthusiasm what you had done and your reasons. And some of the comments were incredible, too. For example, Space Guitar’s thoughts were pretty similar to mine (and rather amusing). Then I saw Lurch’s comment, and laughed again, not that I’m in agreement – but because they basically align with my wife’s views. Okay, I concede this might be the sensible approach but sometimes sense and sensibility are not tied together just right!

  • eurochampsagain

    Both my daughters a house each when born. With the recession had to sell them both , I should of both them watches

  • Forever Great

    Great choice in many ways. Congrats

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