The Oris Aquis Date Relief watch is on a mission. The watch has the purpose of raising awareness about water, and the company is partnering with swimmer and water ambassador Ernst Bromeis. Bromeis, who already swam the length of the Rhine, is working on “The Blue Miracle”—a series of swims that include a swim across the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal in Russia, which will take Bromeis approximately 60 days to complete.
The watch stays true to the rest of the Aquis line, keeping the same movement (an Oris 733), size (43mm), and basic design (the bezel and dial are slightly different). What sets the Aquis Date Relief apart is the many ways that it can be worn. The watch comes with a red-ash rubber strap (Bromeis will most likely be wearing this strap on his swim). It also comes with a leather strap and a bracelet. These different bands mean that the watch can be both sporty and formal. The watch is water resistant up to 1,000 feet and features a stainless steel case.
The watch marks a first for Aquis—the first time that the line is using a relief bezel. The dial is a stunning sunburst grey with luminescent indices and hands and a contrasting red seconds hand. The watch will be available for purchase in January, 2019, for USD$1,800 to $2,000, depending on the band.