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    Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC


    I always find it interesting to see how form versus function balance out in the design of a black-cased timepiece. On one end of the spectrum are the "form" watches such as the Bell & Ross Phantom. These watches sacrifice readability for the "black-out" design as they blend markers, dial and case so well that they are true "stealth" pieces and almost impossible to read. In contrast, some manufacturers prioritize function making their black-cased watches incredibly legible and use them as an opportunity to have "pop". I tend to prefer this later style of black watch and this year’s Aquis Small Seconds DLC is a great example of this aesthetic.




    The new Aquis Small Second 46mm on a black rubber strap



    Comparison shot with the an Aquis Small Second on a titanium bracelet


    The basic case design of the Aquis DLC is not new but is an adaptation. The stylistic base is the identically cased 46mm "Aquis Small Second" with a black dial. Indeed, the markers, lume, and matted ceramic bezel are taken directly from this pre-existing model. What makes it different is that the titanium case is coated in DLC, and the case-back, clasp, crown guards, helium valve, date-wheel, and case screws are all also black. The only parts that aren’t black are the key markings required to quickly read the watch.


    Mechanically, the watch is essentially the same Selita based calibre as the older Aquis Small Second models, although there is a slight difference. Whereas the older Aquis model put the small second hand at nine o'clock, the date at six o'clock, and some writing on the dial at three o'clock, the DLC model places all of these features in the six o'clock subdial. The result is an even cleaner dial.




    The calibre 739 places the date and small second subdial in the six-o'clock subdial. The configuration of the subdial and date is the main mechanical difference between this model and the other Aquis small seconds.



    Though the case has a DLC coating it has the same thickness and construction as the standard titanium model.


    Like the earlier titanium colored models, the new Aquis DLC contains all the elements of a professional grade dive watch. It has the helium escape valve, screw down crown, 500m of water resistance, a uni-directional bezel, and bright lume on the hands, markers, and bezel. The black clasp retains full functionality and has a slider for easy adjustments that are needed due to weather changes or the presence of a wet-suit.. At 46mm it is certainly a statement piece, and ideal for those who want a large look. At $2,650 it is around $200 more than the titanium bracelet model, and $400 more than the non-DLC rubber strap model.




    The matted ceramic bezel with high luminous markers.



    Details such as the crown, screws, and crown guards are all black



    the clasp is identical to the titanium model, except it is coated black.
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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    Thanks for posting about the Titan DLC Rob. However, I need no encouragement to crave that particular watch.

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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    The dial is incredible and the watch looks beautiful BUT it only comes on the rubber and it would have been nice to have the option of a DLC-coated bracelet. As much as I love the watch, without a bracelet I think I will pass.

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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    I'm hoping they DLC the 43mm Aquis. Not sure I can pull of the 46mm but it is hot! Rob, keep me posted.
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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by underpar View Post
    I'm hoping they DLC the 43mm Aquis. Not sure I can pull of the 46mm but it is hot! Rob, keep me posted.
    The way that Oris seem to be expanding the Aquis range it wouldn't surprise me if they did DLC one of the 43mm watches.

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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    The way that Oris seem to be expanding the Aquis range it wouldn't surprise me if they did DLC one of the 43mm watches.
    I agree. There seems to be a new aquis monthly.
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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    Where's the best place to get a deal on this baby?

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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    Kris, I'm a big believer in buying from ADs so give one a bell in Oz or try Topper.

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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    I really like this DLC Aquis. The 46mm does make me a little hesitant also, but I find all black models seem to wear smaller than the specified diameter. I like the subdial, date and wording location much more than the Titanium version.

    Top notch pictures BTW Rob. Thanks!
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    Re: Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC Photos & Thoughts

    Tried this one on today, and it's as absolutely positively borderline as large as I could ever go. Thought it was the grey dial with the tungsten bezel that I wanted, but this matte DLC coating looks positively badass in the flesh. Just wish it was a 44mm watch with maybe two millimeters shaved off its thickness. Bummed, because this is ultimately the dial layout and case design that I'd love for a summer watch.

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