May 28, 2011
by Ariel Adams
Continuing their relationship with deep-going free diver Carlos Coste, Oris produces another limited edition dive watch for the world record holder. This new watch is the Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series timepiece – and will be offered as a set of 2000 pieces.
Coste just completed a new dive record by diving to 150 meters into the Don Ojos cenote (cave network) under Yucatan in Mexico. Coste, a Venezuelan native, dove down using minimal equipment. I have placed some videos here of his other dives – and you can see him wearing an Oris watch in them.
The Oris Carlos Coste Limited Edition Diver is in high-grade titanium and 46mm wide. Oris makes some of the best diving watches around – and this piece exhibits all those features, plus a few extras. Additional features revolve around the chronograph markings on the dial which are said to assist with special dive times under water. Looking at the chronograph minute dial, you can see a special “1-10” scale done in luminant. The triangles are 2.5 minutes and 7.5 minutes refer to breath-holding records Carlos has set. While not functional – they aren’t distracting and help remind of the diver’s achievements.
Aside from this special dial, there is a unique blue and white caseback image to differentiate this limited edition watch. Oris watches typically have such special casebacks for these limited edition divers. The one here has Carlos Coste’s logo – one that looks like a strung out wet rag… or worse. I actually think that it is supposed to be a profile look at him diving down wearing flippers – I think.
Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement with Oris’ signature red rotor. The case is thick, but comfortable. It is water resistant to 500 meters and has an AR coated sapphire crystal. Diving features include an automatic helium escape valve on the side of the case and large pushers. Of course the case has a sizable diver’s bezel that is in steel and ceramic. The black ceramic has cut numerals and markers that are are then filled with SuperLumiNova. The effect in the dark is quite cool. The dial is legible and all Oris DNA.
Like other Oris divers, the bracelet is very thick, but also comfortable. Here in titanium, Oris provides two rubber straps with the Carlos Coste Cenote Limited Edition watch as well. One strap has a traditional buckle, while the other has a deployment clasp. The kit also comes with strap changing tools. While not dramatically unique in comparison to many of Oris’ other dive watches, The Carlos Coste is a great piece for his fans as well as those who are keen to own limited edition models. Price for each of the 2000 pieces is about $4,300.