I am new to this forum and excited to be part of this community!
I got really into Oris in general when I found out how it remained to be independent until these days, so I visited an AD near me. I got to try different watches such as BC (pilot, pointer date), Artelier, 65, and Aquis. First Aquis I got was an older version with orange indices on black dial. I ended up selling it, since my wife gave me a surprise with a newer version in the same colorway design (ironically she liked older one better but knew I was contemplating whether to get a newer one or not).
Though I felt the older one more robust and tooly (and "masculine" according to my wife), I kept the new one because it felt more dressy and sleek. So if anyone is trying to decide whether to get an Aquis older or newer version, I can say it's between toolier vs dressier Aquis, respectively - hope this helps!
Now my thoughts on 'regular' Aquis vs LE Aquis - which is Source of Life (hereafter "SoL") for me:
- Though they are the same watch in terms of case and bracelet as well as movement, I feel that the dial design and composition change how each piece is perceived differently.
- Though SoL has a really cool date wheel which makes the dial even more balanced than 6 o'clock window, I actually preferred the non-LE due to better legibility. Perhaps if the date wheel indicator on the SoL is a different color than white, it may be different (i.e. other LE such as Staghorn).
- The tungsten bezel insert on SoL is really cool and supposed to be harder than ceramic on the non-LE. It really adds an interesting aesthetic to the color of the overall watch, imo (but Oris seems to really pull off unique colorways for LE lines, which are all VERY unique to other dive watches out there).
- Lastly, SoL has a really mesmerizing sunburst dial that is just so unique. The non-LE isn't a complete matte dial either, but it is very subtle sunburst-ed. SoL is the only sunburst dial that I actually liked, other than vintage dress watches' silver or champagne toned dials.
So now, I've been trying to decide which one to keep and which one to sell/trade... I already posted my SoL on another platform, but I may withdraw until I make up my mind. Any opinion would be appreciated if you have any experience that is different or similar to mine!
Anyways, thank you for reading my first opinion post on WUS.