Two new posts about Oris watches on consecutive days and still no shame. This is the Oris El Hierro LE, a watch made to help fund research of the submarine volcanic eruption off the cost of El Hierro in the Canary Islands. Oris chose to support three student scholarships and will use the funds from this watch to help pay for it. The black and gray is supposed to mimic volcanic rock, while the red is there to represent molten lava. It will be limited to 2,000 pieces and will be available starting in May. The price is CHF 1,950 (~$2,000 USD). The specs are below.
Ref. No. 01 733 7653 4783 Set RS, Ø 43.00mm
• Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock
• Multi-piece stainless steel case with black DLC coating. Stainless steel screw-in security crown and crown protection with black DLC coating. Water-resistant to 30 bar/300 metres
• Diver’s unidirectional rotating bezel with red and grey minute scale on black ceramic inlay
• Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
• Screwed stainless steel case back with black DLC coating and embossing of the submarine volcano at El Hierro Island and its coordinates
• Black dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®. Black nickel hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova ® inserts. Red nickel central second hand with Super-LumiNova® ‘lollipop’ insert • Black rubber strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust sliding-sledge folding clasp coated in black DLC
Today we are greeted with the beauty that is the Oris Diver's 65, or the new version at least. The modified design abandons one of the elements of the past versions (first version and second version) that I enjoyed. I liked the somewhat playfulness of the numbers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 and thought it fit the watch well. Regardless, the numbers are gone. The watch also changes the position (from 6 to 3) of the date window as well as the shape (rectangle to trapezoid). The bezel remains largely the same, but appears to be somewhat wider in the photos. On the topic of size, this watch is larger than those in the past, coming in at 42mm in diameter. It comes on a number of different straps made of metal, leather, or textiles (NATO straps). It comes in a special presentation box, not that this is particularly important. Expect it to hit stores starting June 2016 with a price around CHF 1,900 (~$1980/$2000 USD).