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The case size has been increased from 36 mm to 40 mm. (Thank you Oris for being reasonable and not going overboard with the size. Anything bigger would have affected the look of the classic dial design and you have enough 44mm plus divers in your catalog)
The crystal is sapphire now and not acrylic yet is designed to keep the characteristics of the original domed acrylic.
The date is moved from 3 to 6 and blends in a bit better with the design that in the original model
The fit and finish is indicative of what one would expect from a watch from Oris, which is nice since this one is quite different from their usual offerings. The obvious intent not to stray from the original design is a big plus.
The thin , well marked , and easy to grasp bezel allows for a larger dial and results in a very easy to "read at a glance" watch. The aluminum DLC coated bezel clicks smartly 120 times in the circuitous journey around the case of the triangle surrounded pip. The signed crown is another nod to the days of yore.
I chose the "textile" strap over the "tropical" rubber which IMHO blows.
The cloth like strap is expertly stitched and a bit stiff given it's material but it's softening nicely. There are 2 metal keepers and a matching cloth/nylon/textile/ whatever the hell it is keeper which gives it a pseudo nato look. The model number is also on the inside lending a military flavor.
It's rated at 100 meters which might be a problem for some divers to accept for a watch billed as a dive watch, but there aren't a whole lot of us who will ever go that deep unless we fall overboard.
The caseback is solid as it should be for a watch with a relatively plain Oris modded Sellita SW-200. I find exhibition casebacks unnecessary unless the movement is all dressed up with that cosmetic shit like perlage , cotes de geneve , et-fucking-cetera. Anytime I have shown a movement in action to a non-WIS all I get is a feigned response of interest.
In answer to the next question
It's a great watch.
I'll close with the rare and doubly overdone sleeve and driving wrist shot