NWA: Oris Aquis Tungsten

The Oris Aquis seems to be a model you either hate or love. Personally I’ve always loved the look of it, but wasn’t the biggest fan of the polished surfaces and sunburst dial on most references. It being such a tool watch, I prefer it matte and brushed. I tried to find the matte black variant for a while, but this looked a bit dull in real life leaving me waiting for the ‘perfect’ Aquis.

That was until I came across the Gen 1 (2015) Tungsten bezel Aquis.

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This 40mm Oris Aquis uses a brushed Tungsten bezel rather than a ceramic one like the more recent models. It’s quite difficult to find and I am really glad I did!

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The brushed bezel along with the matte grey dial works well with the overal tool watch look. The built quality is amazing, especially for the price. And while it does feel bulky on wrist, it is in no way a big watch due to the short lug to lug and relative thin case. For me, it feels like the ideal dive watch size.

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Lume lasts for a long time and timekeeping is great, running at around +4 seconds a day. The bezel action is very solid, but a bit difficult to grip due to the case and lug design. Luckily this will mostly be timing cooking and other none life threatening events.

This watch has really helped me appreciate Oris for the great brand they are!

Do you prefer this, or the more recent iterations of the Oris Aquis?

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Nice watch. Never seen this variant. How did you come across it?

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GoingTopShelf

Nice watch. Never seen this variant. How did you come across it?

I was looking for steel bezel dive watches as I really love that look. Somehow I came across a picture of this reference on google and managed to track down the reference number. Then just continued to look for it on all platforms until one popped up after about 7 months! 

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Oris has a great diver combo. The Aquis is the pretty, shiny dress-diver (ex. Yacht-Master) while the Sixty-Five is the rugged tool watch diver (ex. Submariner). For me, I like shiny dress-divers. It's always good to see Oris continue to evolve their core designs while offering wacky flavors (ex. Aquis Upcycle, Sixty Five Cotton Candy Bronze). Congrats on finding an Aquis variant that works for you!

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Never seen this model before. The handset is actually quite interesting! Don’t think I’ve ever seen oval shaped hands on a watch

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I've two Oris, but no Aquis... yet. The brushed bezel is really nice... it gives the watch a classic, but sporty look... kinda timeless look

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I prefer the Oris Prodiver over the Aquis but love that Tungsten.  I do have a Prodiver with a Tungsten bezel (Col Moschin) and I love it.

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Love this one! The 'cherry dial' is also a very nice variant of the Aquis. 

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Really like the Tungsten look here, very cool. Do you feel like this material adds weight compared to the ceramic? (It’s heavier in general, but just wanted to know how it feels OTW)

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Congrats on the find! That’s an outstanding watch!

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My Oris is spot on accuracy and a fun black and white colorway.  Gives a bit of an Oreo type theme.  It's actually star wars, if looked at up close, (which I love as well) but it's subtle enough that nobody can notice it unless I hand it to them.  Great watch 🤘

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GreenNeptune

Never seen this model before. The handset is actually quite interesting! Don’t think I’ve ever seen oval shaped hands on a watch

The original 40mm Aquis is the only one using this handset I think. I agree it’s a bit more unique! 

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Fieldwalker

My Oris is spot on accuracy and a fun black and white colorway.  Gives a bit of an Oreo type theme.  It's actually star wars, if looked at up close, (which I love as well) but it's subtle enough that nobody can notice it unless I hand it to them.  Great watch 🤘

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This is a very cool Aquis, love the special edition they release! 

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valleykilmers

Really like the Tungsten look here, very cool. Do you feel like this material adds weight compared to the ceramic? (It’s heavier in general, but just wanted to know how it feels OTW)

I’m not sure how much of the weight comes from the fact that it’s 0,5mm larger and has a thicker bracelet, and how much is the Tungsten bezel. But this does feel a bit heavier compared to the 39,5mm Ceramic Aquis. 

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I don't mind polished surface on a diver. I like when there is a little bit reflection of the light. But it always bothered me a little bit on the Aquis. Especially the polished surfaces of the bracelet. No idea why. The bracelet just always had a little bit to much bling for my taste. The brushed bracelet on the other side looks amazing. At least for me. I've never had seen this model before and it's looking really great! Congrats on this amazing purchase. 

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Nice watch! That thing looks spectacular. Enjoy!

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Very cool! I did not know Tungsten was used in any watches. My wedding ring is tungsten, so I find this watch quite interesting.