Quick Take

This limited edition floods the Oris Aquis with design details like a gradient blue dial and an aqua-blue ceramic blue insert. In addition, there's a token made from recycled PET plastic on the caseback. 2,000 of these watches will be made, and presented in a box made from algae with plastic inlays.*
The focal point of this watch isn't a geographic location or expedition, like the 2017 Clipperton Limited Edition, but instead it's based on an effort being put forth by a firm called Pacific Garbage Screening. They're currently working on a prototype floating platform designed to clean up plastic from the world's oceans. The platforms sit between large systems of circular ocean currents and passively filter plastics and microplastics. And there’s plenty of work to be done: scientists have estimated about 700 tons of plastic find their way into the ocean every hour.*
Initial Thoughts

There's an obvious kinshop between a solutions-driven environmental organization like Pacific Garbage Screening and a Swiss watch company like Oris. Throw in the general altruistic and responsible nature of the Swiss, and I can see where this watch is genuinely more than a marketing move. And we know the problems presented by plastic in the ocean are completely legitimate and that it's been ignored for way too long. It's been a looming issue, so for a watch company to step up to the plate and take a stance, like Oris has been doing for a few years now, is certainly meaningful. Oris could churn out perfectly acceptable dive watches, or they could take on a cause like this and funnel capital and attention towards something impactful and produce capable dive watches at the same time. Kudos to Oris for pursuing the latter.*
As for this particular diver, the only departure from the standard Aquis is the gradient dial that's meant to embody the beauty of the ocean. The plastic caseback medallion and aqua blue bezel insert drive home the oceanic connection. The Aquis is the spiritual successor of the old Divers Date watch, but at 39.5mm it's even more manageable.*
Oris has displayed a continued commitment to the betterment of the oceans, and with this edition they've zeroed in on a very specific target. This is a watch you'll want to take diving, and there’s something special about knowing the watch on your wrist is partially responsible for the absence of plastic in the view through your mask.
The Basics

Brand: Oris
Model: Clean Ocean Limited Edition
Diameter: 39.5mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Gradient blue
Indexes: Applied markers
Lume: Hands, indices
Water Resistance: 300m
Strap/Bracelet: Steel bracelet
The Movement

Caliber: Oris 733
Functions: Hours, seconds, date
Diameter: 25.60mm
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,000 vph)
Jewels: 26
Pricing & Availability

Price: CHF 2,200
Availability: From June 2019
Limited Edition: 2,000 pieces
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