By Michelle Graff
The caseback of the Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition is set with a medallion made of recycled PET plastics. Limited to 2,000 pieces, the watch retails for $2,200 and is intended to draw attention to the proliferation of plastic waste polluting the oceans and support Pacific Garbage Screenings’ efforts to clean up the world’s waters.
Basel, Switzerland—When visiting brands at Baselworld, retailers and press almost always are offered coffee, tea or water. When they say yes to water, more often than not it is poured from a plastic bottle.

But that wasn’t the case at Oris’ booth this year, as the Swiss brand banned plastic bottles to emphasize a point underlined by its newest limited edition timepiece: plastics are polluting our oceans, and it’s up to everyone to assist in the clean-up.

The Clean Ocean Limited Edition is a 39 1/2 mm Aquis diver’s watch, water-resistant to 300 meters with a uni-directional rotating bezel. It is powered by the Oris 733 movement, which has a 38-hour power reserve.

Set into the watch’s caseback is a disc made of recycled PET plastic, a symbol of Oris’ support of Pacific Garbage Screening. Founded by architect Marcella Hansch, the organization is working to build a floating platform that will be anchored in the ocean and be able to safely and effectively collect plastic waste from the water while also raising awareness about the impact such waste has on the environment.

The introduction of the Clean Ocean Limited Edition is a continuation of Oris’ campaign to aid world’s oceans.

Last year, it introduced the Staghorn, and this year’s other ocean-benefitting introduction is the Great Barrier Reef 3, which supports the Reef Restoration Foundation. The not-for-profit is creating a series of ocean-based nurseries in an attempt to restore damaged portions of the Great Barrier Reef; right now, it is planting coral off Fitzroy Island near Cairns, Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef 3 is also a diver’s watch based on Oris’ Aquis model with small seconds and pointer date, and unidirectional rotating bezel. Powered by the Oris 743 with a 38-hour power reserve, the watch is water resistant to 300 meters.

Both the Clean Ocean Limited Edition and the Great Barrier Reef 3 will be available in June.

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