Environmental awareness has been a priority for Oris in recent years, shedding light over threaten ecosystems worldwide. Watches are released with the dual goal of providing timely precision and social conscious. We find such a piece in the shape of the newly released “Oris Clipperton Limited Edition”.

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Many might not be aware or even heard of the French owned Clipperton Island and there is a reason for that. It is one of the world’s most isolated landmass and is located in the ETP zone, also known as the Eastern Tropical Zone, which is off the west coast of Mexico, approximately 1,000km south of the Baja Peninsula. In fact it is so out of human’s way that it’s said to have had less visitors than the tip of Mount Everest!

But, despite its distance overfishing and people’s plastic waste have seriously affected the ocean levels and aquatic life of this small stretch of land. This threat has Lead Oris to have the foresight of asking: What is the point of manufacturing dive watches if the world runs out of diving areas to explore? A quite pertinent question, which merits attention as certain species of wildlife, flora and fauna grow extinct; besides recreational diving ventures.


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The 43.5mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back, which features an engraving of the “Clipperton Island” with its coordinates, plus an inscription reading ”ORIS CLIPPERTON LIMITED EDITION” and the unique number of each individual piece of this limited edition.


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Mounted to the case is a black polished rotating ceramic bezel with a minutes scale top ring engraved on it. Equipped with a stainless-steel screw-in crown that is protected by screwed on crown guards. Topped by a sapphire crystal domed on both sides with an anti-reflective coating inside. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 300 meters (984 feet).


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Time is exhibited on a dial colored gradient color blue, which starts off as black on the edges and grows to a blueish hue similar to that surrounding the Clipperton Islands, as it goes inward towards the center. Oris also added a sun-ray pattern to attribute the dial with an extra texture for nuance.


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It has stainless-steel applied hour index markers, followed by smaller white printed minute index markers circling around the dial. There is a date aperture located at the 6 o’clock position. The thick uneven central stainless-steel hands, the hour index markers and the circle found on the needle-style seconds hand, have all been fitted with a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility.


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Oris Aquis Clipperton Limited Edition

The “Oris Aquis Clipperton Limited Edition” (Ref#: 01 733 7730 4185) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 733 with 26 jewels and 28,800 vph. This movement is based on the classic Sellita SW200-1 caliber in steady production and used by various brands for several years. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.


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Mounted to the watch is either a: stainless-steel bracelet similar to the one found on the updated “Oris Aquis” models, while its secured to the wrist by a folding clasp with extension; or it can be had on a black rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel security folding clasp with an extension. This is a limited edition watch with only 2000 manufactured pieces and comes in a special box. For more up to date information visit the official Oris website here.


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Written by Mauro Az