Oris has long been aware of the plight of our oceans. Their Source of Life limited editions were stunning watches supported work on the Rhine river. Now they return to the ocean with the third addition to their new series the Ocean S Project. Oris’s Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III partners with the Reef Restoration Foundation to help restore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with effective oral planting initiatives.
The stunning Great Barrier Reef watch stands out not only for its incredible quality but for its unique and eye-catching blue gradient used on the dial. The blue is meant to invoke the imagery of the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef. The stainless steel case measures 43.5mm and houses the Oris Aquis automatic movement.
The dial features a small seconds hand and a radial date display. A blue ceramic bezel insert ties into the blue of the dial, and the stainless steel bracelet completes the look. The case back features an engraving that pictures coral and lists the number. The watch is limited to just 2,000 examples.
This watch isn’t just a PR stunt or another in a line of “good cause” products that are meant to make you feel good about your purchase. The Great Barrier Reef is in peril, and needs help to survive. The warmer summers of both 2016 and 2017 have caused an increase in coral bleaching—an event caused by the rising of water temperatures. Oris is working with the Reef Restoration Foundation to plant coral and help revitalise the reef, starting in the Fitzroy Islands off Cairns.
The project will also be involved with other foundations that are raising awareness of the threats to the health of the world’s oceans.
The Great Barrier Reef III was released in June and sells for AUD$3,500.