Oris has launched the Dive Control Limited Edition Professional Dive Watch to help diving professionals challenge the deep sea. The watch’s massive 51 mm case is made of light and sturdy grade 2 titanium alloy, and it is covered with abrasion-resistant black DLC (diamond-like) coating. It is equipped with Oris patented RSS security locking bezel, which completely locks the diving scale, providing safe timekeeping for deep dives. Dive Control is equipped with a self-winding chronograph movement. A special 60-minute chronograph dial is located above the dial, with striking yellow hands and graduation marks. Limited to 500 sets worldwide.
Born for a professional
Oris Dive Control is a limited edition watch developed by Oris and the brand image ambassador and Swiss commercial dive diver Roman Frischknecht (pictured left). Roman’s years of deep-sea diving experience are the inspiration for Oris’ patented design, the Rotation Safety System safety locking bezel, which can fix the diving time scale and bring a sense of security to divers.
This professional diving watch also has a series of safety design and excellent performance. The huge 51mm case is made of lightweight 2 grade titanium alloy. The whole body is covered with black DLC (diamond-like) coating, which is firm and wear-resistant. Water-resistant to 1,000 meters, in order to ensure that it can withstand the test of extreme environments, engineers performed 1,250 meters of simulated pressure test on each watch.
The same atmospheric dial is easy to read. The diving bezel is securely locked, and the ceramic scale ring is embedded in abrasion-resistant. The hands, hour scale, and 0 scale of the diving bezel are all coated with Super-LumiNova®. The important scales on the dial are marked in yellow because yellow is one of the most easily recognizable colors to the naked eye.
The watch is also equipped with an automatic helium exhaust valve. Roman has been engaged in saturated helium-rich diving in the deep sea for a long time. In order to prevent nitrogen poisoning caused by high pressure, the nitrogen in the oxygen cylinder was replaced with small molecular helium. Helium can enter the watch through the gap. When decompression after the dive, if the helium in the case is not removed in time, the watch may be cracked.
‘The work I do has strict safety standards and equipment requirements. Commercial deep dives are one of the world’s most safety-conscious occupations,’ Roman said.
For those of us who work on the ground, it may be difficult to appreciate Roman’s paranoia about safety, and the safety of every member of the diving team is always first. Their equipment is as elaborate as the artwork to meet the challenges of extreme conditions.
Roman has also invested this rigor in the development of Oris safety locking bezels. Oris and Roman took two years to design a diving bezel that can lock the scale. Regardless of the dive, strict control of dive time is essential. With the scale locked, the diver can ensure the accuracy of the remaining time.
Oris registered this invention as a patent and used it on ProDiver watches. ‘The unidirectional rotating bezel is a great feature. It ensures that the remaining dive time will never increase. But if the bezel can be completely locked, divers will feel more at ease.’ Roman said.
In addition, the Swiss-made automatic chronograph movement provides the watch with a central chronograph second hand, 30-minute chronograph and 12-hour chronograph. The 30-minute timer dial has a striking yellow scale and clever use of two-way hands to achieve a 60-minute timer extension.
Oris Dive Control Limited Edition
Number of products: 774 7727 7784
Limited to 500 sets
Material: Grade 2 titanium alloy, black DLC (like stainless steel) coating, ceramic diving bezel
Table diameter: 51.00mm
Mirror: Double-sided arched sapphire with anti-glare coating on the inside
Bottom cover: screw-in titanium bottom cover, black DLC coating, special engraving
Adjustment mechanism: screw-in stainless steel crown and button, automatic helium exhaust valve
Water resistance: 1,000 meters
Lug outer diameter: 26 mm
Model: Oris 774 Automatic Mechanical Movement (SW500)
Size: Ø 30.00 mm’
Functions: Central hours and minutes, 1 / 4-second chronograph hand, 30-minute chronograph, 12-hour chronograph, small second, calendar, stop-second function
Winding: automatic winding, red automatic
Power reserve: 48 hours
Swing frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 times / hour)
Number of jewels: 25
Color: black, wavy decoration
Luminous: Scales and hands coated with Super-LumiNova®
Scale: Mosaic scale
Strap: Black rubber strap, black DLC-coated titanium quick-adjust folding buckle
Accessories: Waterproof watch box with yellow rubber strap and strap replacement tool
Time to market: February 2019
Suggested retail price: RMB 34,800