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I am considering the Aquis Titan Titanium but on rubber. I have an Aquis Date with bracelet which would be interchangeable. Wondering if anyone does this and if the tone of steel vs titanium is too obvious or off-putting.

The price difference of the Titan on rubber vs bracelet is substantial. So alternative question is what is the price of a titanium bracelet ordered separately?

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I have a brand new never worn aquis bracelet that goes with the titanium version. If you want to buy it I'll work something out with you. PM me. Thanks


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If you don't manage to strike a deal with Jjvd21 drop Topper a line as they seem to be very competitive. I've seen pic of a steel bracelet on a titanium watch and although the colour difference was evident it wasn't bad. You could see it if you knew about it but I'm guessing that it would pass completely undetected by most people.
 

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Hi jjvd21,

If you don't work something out with Mitchjrj on the Oris Aquis Titan bracelet I'm interested.

Thanks


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I have a brand new never worn aquis bracelet that goes with the titanium version. If you want to buy it I'll work something out with you. PM me. Thanks


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Hey JJ

Tried replying to you on Tapatalk but can't find the message, not in inbox. Can you PM me (I see you don't accept inbound)?




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Answered my own question... Titan arrived today. Unbelievable watch, although I do wish it was a good 3-4mm thinner. Wears very well head-on with my 7" wrist but it is thick. That aside, beautiful case work and dial, mechanically solid in every respect. A truly professional instrument.

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To the topic at hand, I installed the steel bracelet from my Aquis Date and it appears to work very well. The tops of the Titan's lugs are similarly polished so the finishes align. On the side of the bracelet is where you notice the difference in tone as compared to the side of the Titan.

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So this is a variation if you're looking for it. How egregious is a matter of tolerance and perspective. While there is a tonal variance against the case the steel bracelet actually complements the helium valve, bezel, crown and pushers. At this point I'm contemplating the value of acquiring the titanium bracelet. It would certainly offer a better tonal match overall, and would provide a bit of a weight savings (no idea how much.) Regardless, what I do find is that the bracelet takes away some visual weight from the case so it doesn't appear as tall compared to with the rubber strap. It's actually quite a dramatic difference in perception.

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Having just ordered and received the titanium bracelet for the Aquis Titan Titanium thought I would resurrect this thread and post comparative photos. Really wanted to have the complete kit with this watch, and while the steel worked well enough I always felt it too heavy, moreso than I recall when trying on the watch in all titanium. And while the steel bracelet matched close enough tonally it wasn't exact.

As you can see in these photos the difference is pretty dramatic when you put them side-by-side. In real life it's not as obvious on the polished sections, but very much so where brushed.

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The other big difference is in the way they feel. Titanium has a very unique tactility to it, feels much more exotic than steel, warmer. It's hard to describe. But when considering the tone, the feel, and machining and the overall execution this is really quite a remarkable bracelet.

As for weight differences...

Steel: 100g/3.5oz
Titanium: 60g/2.1oz

These are based on the sized bracelets, with two full-size and one half link removed. The titanium bracelet with all links, stock, is 69g or 2.4oz.

When installed the total sized watch weights are:

On Steel: 220g/7.8oz
On Titanium: 180g/6.3oz

That difference of 40g or 1.5oz (allowing for precision differences compared to just bracelet weights above) may not sound like much on paper (that's about the same as 8 nickels apparently), but in the hand and on the wrist it makes a surprisingly big difference. Typing with it on now I can't even feel it's there. I had wondered if the head would feel unbalanced but it doesn't at all.

I had originally hoped to get away with sharing a single bracelet between my Aquis Date and Titan Titanium Chrono, but I'm glad I went the distance with the real deal. It makes for a much more complete and comfortable (and, frankly, quite amazing) watch.

For reference purposes the official Oris part number for the titanium bracelet is 07 8 26 75PEB.
 

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You can get away with a metal bracelet on a titanium case .. shown here ... hard to distinguish the difference


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You can get away with a metal bracelet on a titanium case .. shown here ... hard to distinguish the difference


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You definitely can, and I did and shown earlier in post. On the watch you don't immediately see the tonal difference. And without comparison you don't appreciate the weight difference. But if you can swing it there are definite advantages to the Ti bracelet.


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that watch looks like a real beast! Does it wear like one every day? or do you get use to it?
Yes. ;)

Wrist shots always exaggerate the size of a watch because they're usually taken with a wide angle lens. But the Aquis case wears so well because of the broad, short, curved lugs, the curved/bowl shaped case edge, and the curved/recessed back. So even though the diameter spec is 46mm it wears more inline with 44/45mm. Not small, but not insane even on my 7" wrist. The lugs are well contained within the edges. And because it's all gray/silver it doesn't jump out like a black dial/bezel would.

What is inescapable is the thickness at just south of 19mm. It really comes off the wrist. In the context of a dive environment, around a wet/dry suit, alongside other instruments, neither of these dimensions are unruly. But as a desk diver you are full aware of it. BTW, this is about the same thickness as a Planet Ocean Chrono.

All that aside because it is titanium you definitely get used to it, it's comfortable and not inordinately heavy (actually surprisingly let when you first grab it, you're expecting way more heft.) By way of comparison, the Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Steel/Black weigh in at 160g with the rubber strap and deployant (I make this reference only because I happen to know the weight off hand.) Despite the Titan being a) larger, b) thicker, c) equipped with a metal bracelet, and d) has a Valjoux 7750 Chrono under the hood rather than a simple three-hander it's still only 20g heavier. I have never tried the steel version of the Titan Chrono but expect that it would be unwearable for me because of the added weight (whatever that is - look how much more the bracelet alone weighs.)

So yes it's big, it wears big (but not as big as specs would suggest) and you get used to it. It's the thickness that is toughest to come to grips with. I'd love for it to be 2-3mm thinner. I think that probably could have been achieved while preserving the 500m WR. I wouldn't change the diameter, though, not even a hair. That extra real estate allows for an exceptionally readable and well laid out dial.
 
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