Saturday, March 25, 2017

ORIS – Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ Titanium

















ORISAQUIS Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ Titanium

Every minute counts

Oris was the first watch company to create a diver’s watch with a regulator dial. This year’s Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ continues the story

What is the most important function in a diver’s watch? The instinctive answer might be water resistance, and there’s no doubt that’s vital. But assuming a diver’s watch can withstand the pressures found deep underwater, what becomes most important is the watch’s ability to relay accurately and clearly the remaining dive time. And it’s for this reason that Oris has created and now redesigned the new Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’.

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The Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ has non-coaxial hands, meaning the hour and minute hands are separated. The minute hand is in the centre, while the hour is shown by a hand on a subdial at 3 o’clock. This isolates the key piece of information for a diver, who can set dive time by aligning the minute hand to the 60-minute scale on the uni-directional rotating bezel, which in this case is fitted with a black ceramic insert with red and white markings.

The regulator dial, as this configuration is known, was introduced by clockmakers in observatories in the 18th century. These were highly accurate clocks used to set the time on standard timepieces, particularly after they’d been serviced or repaired.

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In 1999, taking inspiration from the regulator clocks of 18th century, Oris created the world’s first dive watch featuring a regulator dial. That watch was soon followed by the first ‘Der Meistertaucher’ (which translates as ‘Master Diver’).

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That pattern now reverses with the new Oris Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ taking its design cues from the next generation Aquis, also unveiled this year. Like all the new Aquis models, it has a sleeker silhouette than the previous Aquis, and has also been given a number of practical enhancements, including an upgrade that makes the bezel easier to grip and adjust.

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As before, the Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ hasa lightweight titanium case and bracelet. The minutes hand of this new model has a bright red outline that corresponds to the critical 15-minute scale on the bezel, and to the red rubber strap option. The result is that the eye is drawn to the minutes hand, giving the watch extraordinarily high levels of legibility.

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Proving its professional watch credentials, the Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ has an automatic helium escape valve, secreted on the side of the case at 9 o’clock. Automatic helium escape valves are used by professional divers who can live in chambers filled with helium-enriched air for weeks at a time during saturation dives. Helium particles are smaller than air, and during saturation they enter the watch. Then, during decompression they expand, which could cause damage to a watch without the helium escape valve.

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The Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ also has a smal seconds indicated by a hand coated in SuperLumi-Nova® at 9 o’clock, a feature divers rely on to show the watch is still running. The watch’s automatic movement also provides a date indication at 6 o’clock. The watch has a titanium case back embossed with the Oris shield and the inscription ‘MEISTERTAUCHER’. tI is presented in a water-resistant case with a red replacement strap and strap-changing tools.

It will be available in May priced CHF 3,100.

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Technical details

Model: Oris Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ Titanium

Ref. No. 01 749 7734 7154 MB, Ø 43.50 mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 749, based on Sellita SW 220-1,
with minute hand in the centre, hour hand on a subdial at 3 o’clock,
small seconds at 9 o’clock, and date window at 6 o’clock
Case
Titanium case and crown protection,
with stainless steel screw-in security crown and automatic helium escape valve at 9 o’clock.
Water-resistant to 30 bar/300 m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black ceramic inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed titanium case back with embossed Oris shield and ‘MEISTERTAUCHER’ inscription
Dial
Black dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Red outlined minute hand filled with Super-LumiNova®, white hour hand filled with Super- LumiNova®, and white seconds hand painted in Super-LumiNova®
Strap
Titanium bracelet with folding clasp and extension system
Supplied with red rubber strap with folding clasp and quick-adjust extension system

Packaging
Presented in a black water-resistant case with red rubber replacement strap and strap-change tools

Price  Swiss retail price CHF 3,100

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