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    Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

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    About two years ago I was looking for a high quality sports dressy watch, something I could easily wear in both formal and informal occasions. After searching all around, the Oris Artix Day Date grabbed my attention. It was a a racing-theme sports watch that somehow still maintained a dress style.

    Oris is well-known and has a great reputation, especially here on WUS...with its Aquis line. In fact, the Aquis is so famous sometimes I believe it overshadows the other timepieces of the brand. That said, it was pretty hard to find reviews and opinions on the Web. Nevertheless, I took the risk and ended up buying it.

    There are many versions of this watch, and I bought the 01-735-7662-415407-8-21-85. All these numbers mean that this is the 42mm version, with white chapper ring, black/red ceramic bezel and on bracelet.

    Here are the measurements:
    Case: 42mm
    Lug to lug: 49mm
    Thickness: 12mm
    Lug width: 21mm
    Complication: day/date
    Movement: Sellita SW
    WR: 100m
    Power reserve: 38 hours

    It fits perfectly for my 6,75" wrist, and the very low profile means I can wear with a suit if want to.

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    (Detail of the lugs, very low profile and signed crown)

    What striked me the most when I first saw the watch in person was the bezel. This is a ceramic domed rotating (120-blick, bidirectional) bezel, with minute marktings, numbers every 5 minutes and a red arrow very well executed on 12 position. Now, ceramic is nothing new to watches, but this one shines and catches a lot of light. Under specific light conditions, you'll see it as a greyish.

    The bezel is also rotating, bidirectional with 120 clicks. It works great, there's absolutely no play and you can easily hold it. There's also a time scale, which I honestly don't know how to use.

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    (Detail of the bezel. The red arrow is perfectly executed and offers a nice contrast)

    On the matte black dial, there are highly polished applied indices, with a lume pip on each (two on twelve position). These indices are on a lower position on the dial with some tracks. The day and date complication on 6 position help to maintain the symmetry and, in my opinion, are very harmonious with the design. Speaking of the lume, it's Superluminova BG W9.

    As I mentioned, this specific version has a white chapper ring. I chose that for some contrast, but there's also another version with black chapper ring.

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    (Dial/indices detail)

    On the caseback, there's an exhibition glass with Oris red rotor. This is a bit boring and frustrating for me. Sellita is a nice movement, but not a pretty one. I really wish there was some nice engraving, like on the Calobra.

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    (Top: Artix caseback; Bottom: Calobra caseback)

    The bracelet is great and it feels very solid. My only complain is that it's too polished - something I don't like.
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    (Bracelet and clasp detail)

    What I like the most on this watch is its versatility: although the lug width is 21mm, I can wear 22mm straps and easily dress it up or down - and it looks great with many tons of options. For instance, I'm wearing a mustard one, but I also have black, black/red rally, black/red canvas, black leather, grey and brown options. For me, this increases the value delivered by the watch, as I can wear in different occasions.

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    Final thoughts:

    Two years after the purchase, this is my favorite watch. It looks great, keeps great time (about 3s/day) and is very versatile. Definitely a keeper for me.

    Thanks for reading and excuse me for any typos.

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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    Excellent review. I read while wearing MY Artix GT Day Date


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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    And I agree with you. I have tried to trade the watch a few times, and EVERY time they say, "I'm not really interested in that model..."

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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    Thanks for sharing the review!
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    Great review. An under appreciated model for sure.
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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    Thanks for posting.
    P.S. The pics were lovely.
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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    Love the pictures, love the review its great,
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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    Thanks for the kind words, guys!

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    Excellent review. I read while wearing MY Artix GT Day Date


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    Love this version too. I'm sure it will look great on a strap.
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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    Beautiful piece. Great pics


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    Re: Oris Artix - A mini-review/hands-on (lots of pictures)

    Nice watch and nice review, the highly polished bracelet on the Artix date I tried recently actually made it look cheap imho, yours suits the other straps, the black with the red stitching especially as it ties in with the red triangle on the bezel.
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