Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch

Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch

Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

For the last two editions of Baselworld, Oris has taken mighty swings at their mid-century heritage, delivering the Diver Sixty-Five in 2015, and then a slew of vintage re-editions in the seasons that followed. For 2017, the independent Swiss watchmaker is ushering in a new generation with its core sports watch collection, the Aquis, and doing so with a series of subtle case and dial updates that should please both present and future Aquis fans. Spearheading the Gen 2 Aquis collection is the new Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition watch, a special release on a mission to help stave off the extinction of one of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures.

Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

From funding marine life and reef conservation projects to providing benefits for various international oceanography institutions, Oris’ contributions to the ocean and its safekeeping through various special edition Aquis watches are pretty well documented. The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition was born from that same commitment, this time to drive awareness to the plight of the ocean’s dwindling shark population, specifically the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini). Limited to 2,000 pieces, sales of the watch will help raise funds for a 2017 hammerhead conservation project run by the non-profit organization Pelagios Kakunjá – an endeavor championed by professional diver and Oris ambassador Jérôme Delafosse.

Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Since the crux of the project will involve getting up close and personal with these unique predators and tagging them for long-term tracking and study, a performance-forward dive watch with a grey sunburst dial inspired by said predators makes plenty of sense. Longtime fans of the Oris Aquis should recognize all its design signatures of the Gen 1 Aquis; from its depth rating measured in "pressure resistance," luminous applied indices, and the unidirectional ceramic bezel, to the chunky screwed-on crown guards and the integrated lug design.

This Oris Aquis we’ve come to know and love is a distinctive, yet classic and ultra-capable modern diver that we have put to the test on more than one real-world occasion. The Oris Hammerhead – and by extension, the rest of the Gen 2 Aquis - follows those initial cues, while mixing in a few other new notes that might go easily missed at first glance, but help bring a sleeker, more upmarket feel to an already stylish and rugged sports watch.

Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

To accomplish this, Oris designers put the Aquis lug horns on a diet to accommodate a thinner, slimmed-down bracelet. On the dial, a bolder, more angular sword-style handset provides a better stylistic match to the applied indices – which are now beveled at one end. A bold typography refresh accentuates the text, with the "Aquis" name joining the depth rating at 6:00 – in this case, a generous 500 meters (200 greater than the standard Aquis offerings), which is perhaps a nod to the studied habitat depths of the Scalloped Hammerhead sharks, known to dive just as deep. The end result is a new generation of Aquis that’s visually lighter than its predecessor, and one that should carry a broader appeal due to a more cohesive balance of style and substance.

Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Par for the Aquis course, the Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition is powered by an automatic Sellita movement, though this edition is equipped with the SW220 characterized by its oversized day/date wheel. Rather than a display back, the solid stainless steel caseback is engraved with a hammerhead shark in motion and the watch’s unique number out of 2,000. Though official pricing has yet to be announced in US dollars, the current asking price in Swiss francs is 2,550 CHF, or around $2,500 USD for the variant fitted to a stainless steel bracelet. oris.ch

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  • Shawn Lavigne

    these look awkward to me.

  • otaking241

    Great looking watch–love the tapered bracelet and the combination of metallic grey and blue accents on the dial. Classy looking diver for the money.

    Kind of a shame they didn’t use the depth gauge for the SE though; I feel like that design would look great with some more color options.

  • IG

    Looks nice but the light-coloured dial is not so nice for legibility.

  • SuperStrapper

    It’s a nice watch, I just can’t stand the proprietary lug system Oris uses on this line. It matches the bracelet very nicely, but looks like garbage on the rubber, and being proprietary can’t be changed.

    • otaking241

      Can you elaborate on what’s proprietary about it? Other than the notched shape and tri-wing screw it looks like you should be able to create or modify other straps to go on there, but am I missing something?

      • SuperStrapper

        unless they have updated it, it is 10.5mm wide, and almost 5mm thick. So, I have made bespoke straps for this case a few times, but for the everyday watch collector you can’t just go and shop for replacement straps.

        • otaking241

          So difficult but not impossible–got it.

          Seems like a good opportunity for a custom strapmaker though, no?

          • SuperStrapper

            absolutely. Not difficult at all to make special, but proprietary in the sense that you can’t just go torbay and experiment. And, you can’t just knock down a 20mm strap either, looks like garbage.

    • TrevorXM

      This guy sure makes some really nice Oris Aquis custom straps: http://www.combat-straps.com

      What do you think of his work? Looks pretty fantastic to me, though I’ve not ordered anything.

      • SuperStrapper

        I have not heard about Aaron in years, I’m glad to hear he’s still around. A long time ago when I was very active in the straps area on WUS there were really only 4 good options for having a reliable custom strap made, including myself, and argon was on that list. I actually referred business to him a few times, as I don’t know anyone that had the B&R pattern down as well as he did. I’ve made many, but they aren’t my preference and sometimes I just get too many requests, and I was happy to recommend someone else that knew what they were doing. Some of his techniques are not what I would empty, but I don’t think you’d be disappointed with his quality.

      • Combat does good work, but I had Carl at GasGasBones stitch me a custom nylon strap (which he now advertises as his ‘Oris’ option), that has turned into my favorite way to wear the Aquis. Fun fact – GGB used to do all the OEM straps for Bremont.

    • Agree – the strap system will always be this watch’s most divisive feature, but also one that makes an Aquis uniquely an Aquis. Honestly, I think the watches are perfect on the bracelet for everyday wear, but when it comes to diving or more sporty pursuits, the rubber is a must-have. Their adjustable strap clasps is one of the neatest I’ve ever used, and perfect for sliding over a wetsuit or compensating for wrist swelling when it’s hot out. More purpose-built doesn’t always translate to everyday practicality, but I can appreciate why they’ve built ’em this way.

      • SuperStrapper

        I do agree that it works very well on bracelet, the look is seamless.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Very nice watch for a very reasonable price. Nothing to complain about.

  • Kuroji

    I like it, but I already have a Planet Ocean. Oh well.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Just about everything i love in a day to day watch. Solidly built, lovely tapered braclet and clear as day. That face / dial must look lovely in natural light.

    • TrevorXM

      I have always recommended the Oris Aquis as a daily wearer from personal ownership.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Thanks for my 2000th up Mark :)……….i really need to get a life !

  • TrevorXM

    Love the back of the case on this one. Wow! Also, it has the day/date feature which is desirable to me. My only caveats would be that they kind of blew it with the hour hand as the Aquis hour hand is/was highly praised everywhere and more attractive. Also, I’m not sure why they chose to bump up the size, though this is a 500m watch instead of a 300m. Price is high for a non in-house diver, but this is a “raise money for a cause” watch, so it’s okay.

  • Mark1884

    No complaints on this one. Day-Date is really nice,also like the blue second hand. Nice solid watch.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      I adore day-dates. I`m a student and sometimes I wake up without knowledge where I am, what date or what day it is. So a Day-Date is an essential tool for orientation.

      • Word Merchant

        As you’re a student, it doesn’t actually matter what the day or date is. You’re living one endless holiday. All you need is an indicator to show when you finally have to start paying off your equally endless debt.

  • DanW94

    Man, that’s a sharp looking watch. The blue accents highlighting that silver dial is killer. Nice job Oris.

  • Framlucasse

    Quite nice piece, but a diver watch with day-date, I don’t get it…

  • BNABOD

    lovely watch, lovely dial. could live without the day. date for me is good enough but a very well finished piece. sadly too big and too thick for me.

  • Jason

    Classy

  • Lawrence

    Case size?

    • Fjodor

      46

  • Yojimbo

    niice

  • Yanko

    Gorgeous

  • Yan Fin

    I would think watch specs should include more than price?
    https://monochrome-watches.com/oris-hammerhead-limited-edition-specs-price/

  • Shinytoys

    Classy looking diver from a company that seems to know how to market and produce well made, sensibly priced, quality watches…

  • Middle

    Fan of Oris. Not a fan of what amounts to proprietary lug connections.

  • dennis

    Nice looking watch, but not a fan of the movement.

  • cluedog12

    Oris has blossomed into a beautiful flower.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/422db8cc620c1e195e24dc102576398bf3ea669c1f049d61afa960827403ed1a.jpg

    Just wondering…anyone else here gotten a watch tattoo yet?

  • Pete L

    Really nice. Grey sunburst dial with blue accents particularly catches my eye.

  • Bill Grist

    Solid diver. I wonder how it would stack up against Bremont in person.

  • ??????

    Excellent dive watch, well priced, well finished and with a good load of personality.

  • Mark

    Smashing looking timepiece that.

  • Elijs Dima

    Hmm. Tbh I rather liked the previous design for hands and indices more (i.e. the curved leaf-like hands and indice -teeth). The new angular stuff feels a bit less ‘Oris’ and more, idk, ‘Subaru Legacy’.