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:
Lug to lug: 49mm
Lug width: 21mm
Movement: Sellita SW
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.