Designed for Extremes
While the recreational diver would find as much appeal in the Oris ProDiver, this professional dive watch is the deep-water equivalent of heavy machinery. “In this world of diving, we’re not talking about pretty turquoise waters and dolphins — we’re talking about tough and uncompromising conditions in inhospitable waters,” Oris CEO Ulrich Herzog declares. In a hulking 51mm case, and its valve-shaped screw-down crown and pushers echoed in the moulded form of the vulcanized rubber bezel grip, this watch looks ready to roll with the undersea currents. Its titanium body, however, means it tips the scales at just 225g despite its size.
In developing this watch, Oris consulted professional divers — men who spend hours at a stretch in the depths of the open sea, or weeks even in undersea diving chambers, for reconnaissance, rescue and recovery, demolition or repair gigs. For these men, a watch needs to hold up to the rigorous demands of their work environment, and all features considered, it boils down to one thing: safety. After all, for them, a watch is much more than an accessory — it is the backup to electronic dive computers, for the old-fashioned manual monitoring of depth and time.