Alright we're back with my favorite Oris models from this year. Officially, the company released 134 new watches, although it's worthwhile to note that they count each different strap or bracelet as a new watch. For example, the two watches here are the same, but one is on a black rubber strap while the other is on dark brown leather, yet they are counted as two new models. Regardless, Oris changed up the Diver's Sixty-Five again this year, making this the third iteration of the model line. Whereas the first design was characterized by a dial that was generally lighter and accented by playful numbers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 positions, the newer versions have less adventurous markers. Opinion was fairly split on whether the numbers looked good. I am firmly in the "numbers look good" camp, but the new version has done away with them in favor of more traditional dial markers. This particular version has tan Superluminova to imitate aged radium lume found on the original watches from, as you may have guessed, 1965. They retained the modest sizes, releasing a number of 36mm, 40mm, and 42mm versions this year. Although the new dial design will likely appeal to a broader audience, it stands out less than the past version and they're now less-likely to catch a potential buyer's eye in the showroom. They're still currently producing all three generations so if you're a fan of the original design like me, there's no particular rush to get one before they can only be found in the hands of private owners. Even though clicking "Configure this Model" will bring up all the different variations of the Diver's Sixty-Five, both past and present, here's a link to the leather strap version and the rubber strap version found in the pictures above. They can also be purchased on a metal bracelet or different dial colors, one of which can be seen below. The MSRP for the rubber strap version, which should be between the price for the leather strap and metal bracelet variations is $2,000 USD, although it is only available for preorder right now.
Continuing onward with my favorite new Oris watches from Baselworld 2018, here's the Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition. A while back, a non-chronograph version of the same watch was released, the first bronze watch ever released by Oris. This version carries over much of the same design, most notably the bronze case, blue dial, and status as a limited edition. For a limited edition of just 2,000 pieces, the price is actually quite reasonable. The Oris 771 movement, based off of the SW 510, is an automatic chronograph, but beyond that the watch comes in a nice presentation box, you get the idea. Although I feel they could've charged more, Oris has set the price at $4,950 USD, which is more than reasonable.
No new watches that I was terribly interested in writing about, so I decided to throw this together. These aren't in any particular order, but these are a few of my favorites of the watches currently available. There are so many more micro brands that I could mention, but I just need to stop talking and get on with the list.
TL;DR: Yes the list is short. No this list is not complete because I don't want to write about 500 watches.
Omega Planet Ocean and Aqua Terra
I'll put both of these in the same section since they're from the same company
Omega released a number of new Aqua Terras at Baselworld 2017 with a number of large changes. Revamped with a focus on clean aesthetics, the new teak dials (inspired by the decks of ships) now have horizontal lines and the date has been shifted to 6 o'clock. The 8500 movement was replaced by the new 8800. The MSRP should remain similar to past versions and should range from about $6,000 for steel models and $9,000 for two-tone. omegawatches.com
It would be negligent to leave out Omega's beautiful Planet Ocean. Although they released a slew of new Planet Ocean models back at Baselworld 2016, the 8500 models are still incredibly nice watches (I have worn mine daily for an embarrassingly long time). I almost prefer the older models due to their greater simplicity (the newer models have brighter colors on the first 15 markings of the bezel), which gives the watch a sportier look, but one I personally prefer less. The prices of newer models run slightly higher than those in the past and an entry-level Planet Ocean has an MSRP of about $6,500. Chronograph models start at around $10,000.
Seiko Prospex SLA017
Seiko relaunched the SLA017 this year. Designed around the vintage 62MAS (Seiko's first dive watch released in 1965), the new watch is a near carbon copy of the old one, but with updates that make it far better than it's past version. It's a limited edition of 2,000 pieces, but it had to be mentioned.
Rolex Polar Explorer II (216570)
Summer isn't all about the beach and ocean. Barbecues, swimming, and relaxing outside are all scenes straight out of summer. The "Polar" Explorer II is clean, simple, but has a wonderful design that can effortlessly flow from a business setting to BBQ and pool. It's water resistant to 100m, so there's no fear involved with swimming. Maybe the best "summer" watch around. rolex.com
Rolex's little brother couldn't be left off this list. The Pelagos is a titanium dive watch whose design leaves few people unsure of how they feel about it. Some love it, others hate it, and there are few people in between. Personally, I think the watch looks magnificent, but the unconventional "snowflake" hands turn many people off. I'm in love with the matte black ceramic bezel and dial, but that's just me. The MSRP (of the in-house movement version) currently sits around $4,400. tudorwatch.com
Oris Divers 65
The Oris Divers 65 is one of the more affordable options on this list (I use the word affordable lightly in this case). The latest version was released over a year ago, but it still fits well for a summer watch. Back in 2015, Oris released a more playful version of the Divers 65 that I quite liked. More recently, however, they have chosen to make the design more serious. They still look good, but they lose the playfulness that the other watches have. I've put examples of both versions below. They retail for about $2,000. oris.ch