Oris has been responsible for a handful of dive-watch milestones recently; we’ve previously covered the brand’s groundbreaking Aquis Depth Gauge, and here we take a look at the Oris ProDiver Pointer Moon, the first mechanical watch that indicates both the lunar cycle and tidal range.
The Oris ProDiver Pointer Moon is the first wristwatch on the market that includes a function for indicating the tidal range — an important tool for professional divers, such as Oris “brand ambassador” Roman Frischknecht, whose photo appears on the inner lid of the special waterproof carrying case in which the watch is packaged, along with a replacement metal bracelet and a tool to change the strap.
The dial of the Oris ProDiver Pointer Moon is designed to give a diver easy, at-a-glance indications of both the tidal range and lunar cycle by means of a center-mounted pointer and a scale, eliminating the need for the diver to consult external manuals. The multi-piece titanium case, water-resistant to 1,000 meters, incorporates Oris’s patented Rotation Safety System, which allows the wearer to keep track of a certain time period using the unidirectional rotating bezel, which can be locked to prevent accidental adjustment, as well as an automatic helium escape valve.
In addition to the central hours, minutes and seconds hand and central moon-pointer hand, the watch includes a date window at 5 o’clock and has another handy feature for divers — a meters-to-feet conversion scale — engraved on the screwed caseback. The sapphire crystal, which is domed on both sides and has nonreflective treatment on the inner surface, and the Super-LumiNova inlays on the hands and applied indices aid in underwater legibility. Two versions of the watch are available, one with the “Pointer Moon” function oriented to the northern hemisphere (Ref. 761 7682 7154) and the other with it oriented to the southern hemisphere (Ref. 761 7682 7134). The Oris ProDiver Pointer Moon comes on a rubber strap with an extendable folding buckle. The price is $3,600. Specs on the watch are below the photos.
Movement: Oris Caliber 761, based on Sellita SW220, automatic
Functions: Central hours, minutes, seconds, and pointer moon display, date display at 5 o’clock
Case and strap: Multi-part titanium case, diameter = 49 mm; screwed caseback with meters-feet conversion scale; sapphire crystal domed on both sides with inner nonreflective coating; protected screw-down crown; unidirectional rotating bezel with minute scale on black ceramic inlay; water-resistant to 1,000 meters; on rubber strap with folding buckle and adjustment extension (metal bracelet and changing tools included, packaged with the watch in a waterproof carrying case)
Dial and hands: Lunar tidal indication for either northern or southern hemisphere available; applied indices and hands both have Super-LumiNova inlays
This article was originally published on October 21, 2013, and has been updated.
As someone who lives in the Southern Hemisphere, it appears that this watch would be of no use to me. It seems to be a bad business decision to make a choice that eliminates a large number of the population from one’s product. Or did I miss somewhere where the article said you can buy a Southern Hemisphere version?
It reminds me of the excellent German barometer and temperature gauge I bought that only reads to 40 degrees Celsius when I live in Central Australia where it is often between 40 and 50 degrees in summer. I guess I really don’t need a gauge to tell me it’s hot and I don’t need a Northern Hemisphere Oris.
Additionally, having been around the watch arena for some years, and as a CPA (US/AZ), I find some manufacturers are pushing the price envelope while the economy seems to be getting better. While this is a general observation, the upper tier of executives in a market of millions of watches produced per year are going to see a downturn in quantity sold. They are going to price themselves out of their acquired audience because wages vs. taxes are not moving in the same direction or as quickly. All the same, I don’t see the quality moving to a like upward position. I find “limited editions” with every turn, and some novelties all the same, but the consumer is going to become resilient to the premise this type of fan-fair warrants a severe jump in out of pocket cost.
I like the moon phase addition… I have not really looking much at Oris but I think I need to reconsider.
good watch good price but I have my question mark. about oris watches. They should use. better. movemens.on this watch. not sellita.sw220.eta.or.in.house.movements. Thanks again. next time I will have more comments to say
I have 3 ORIS timepieces in my collection, a 1990’s Worldtimer, Classic Date (Arabic numerals), and Artelier Complication (w/moon), and although I also have an Omega Speedmaster Racing (in comparison to a different price-point, following, etc.) I think ORIS is still a manufacturer I appreciate. While I love the concept of the ProDiver Pointer Moon, and have seen it in person and have tried it on for size, the piece is simply too large for my wrist and tastes.