Oris is a Swiss watchmaking company that has established its reputation for fine mechanical watches. The establishment was founded by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in 1904. The pair named their company after the Oris brook which ran near a town in Holstein, Switzerland. They purchased the recently closed Lohner & Co. watch factory and in less than a decade opened their second factory, and expanded to 6 facilities by 1929. With more than a century of excellence, here are the 20 best Oris watches of all time.
20. Oris Diver Sixty-Five
The Oris Diver Sixty-Five is a model that has risen to iconic status. The watch was first introduced over fifty years ago and is now updated as a part of a vintage line features classic construction with a retro design that gives a nod to yesteryear. This example features a stainless steel case with a thin bezel in a brushed finish. A solid back and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal contribute to water-resistance of up to 100 meters. Although it has the appearance of a vintage watch it is loaded with modern features including a unidirectional bezel with an inlay on a 60-minute scale, with indices treated with super-luminova to give the watch high legibility in low light situations. This works nicely against the black background. It's available in a variety of sizes with various functionalities depending on the variation of the Diver Sixty-Five you choose. The price ranges from $1,200-1,750.
19. Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
The Big Crown Pointer Date is a vintage model that is best suited for casual wear. It's a bit on the chunky side for those with larger wrists or who prefer a larger presentation. It's a refined and elegant watch that stands out, yet even though it comes in a larger size, the 40 mm size is the most popular, and the only version that comes in a 40 mm dial. Special features include a vintage luxury aesthetic with the trappings of modern design. The case is made of stainless steel and it features a domed sapphire crystal glass, with an automatic Swiss movement with a winding pointer date function. The coin edge bezel is a classic and the cathedral hands add subtle elegance. This model is based upon the aesthetics from the 1930s models with the vintage coin-edge bezel. The strap is made of vegetable-tanned leather and it's available in a 36 or 40 mm diameter case size with an average price of around $1,600.
18. Oris Aquis Date Blue Dial
Another excellent selling model is the Oris Aquis Date Blue Dial. This version became known for its solid build and the modern interpretation adds a few new features that distinguish it, including toned angular lugs and the addition of a crown guard, as well as a slimming and tapering of the strap. This watch is a versatile and modern dive watch with conservative styling and attention to its functionality wtih a 120-click unidirectional bezel and water-resistance up to 300 meters. It's available in either leather or rubber strap options. The price ranges from $1,300 to $1,800 depending on the version chosen, including rubber strap vs leather, color options, and function/features.
17. Oris Audi Sport Black Dial
the Audi Sport Black Dial is one of the more popular models made by the brand because of is bold and sporty aesthetic. It was made to commemorate the partnership that Oris developed with Audi Sport. The quality materials used in the construction give these sports watches a distinct elegance and luxury element. The case is 44 mm in diameter and made of titanium material. The bezel is a fixed type with tachymeter markings in black ceramic. The band is leather and this watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The limited-edition watch is priced at around $1,795.
16. Oris Force Recon GMT
The Oris Force Recon GMT is a limited edition that is hard to get your hands on but every once in a while one is offered for sale. This is a large wristwatch that is on the high-end with a price range between $3,875 to $5,000. The Force Recon is made in a 49 mm diameter case size and is water-resistant past 1,000 meters, making it one of the best professional divers watches on the market today. It's made for extreme comfort on the wrist with a solid case back, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and luminous hands for high legibility in low-light environments. It's also designed with a screw-down type crown and the bezel is made with a black ceramic inlay. Professional divers prefer the Oris Force Recon with the GMT function.
15. Oris Men's Analogue Display Swiss Automatic Silver Watch
This is another of the most popular Oris models. It's a casual watch in aesthetic with a hint of luxury. The case is 43 mm wide by 14 mm in depth, and made of stainless steel material with a matching steel bracelet in classic styling. Oris loyals love the exceptionally light-weight and comfort of this model. The dial is black and serves as a nice contrasting background for the markers and lune treated hands. The bezel is a unidirectional rotating type in black ceramic. This model is water-resistant up to 300 meters and the price ranges between $1,580 to $2,180.
14. Oris Artix GT Audi Sport Chronograph Black Leather
The design details and stitching make this watch stand out in a crowd. It offers a casual and sporty look with a hint of Oris elegance. The case is made of black titanium in a 44 mm wide size which is the only size available. It features an exquisite design with hand-stitched detailing on the black leather strap. The bezel is a fixed type made of ceramic in black and displays tachymeter markings. It's covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The movement is a Swiss automating winding type with a chronograph with a 38-hour power reserve. This is a high-end limited edition with a price range of $1,795 to $1,894.
13. Oris Men's BC3 Sportsman Day Date
The BC3 Sportsman Day-Date is a modern sport watch offered as one of Oris' more affordable timepieces. It's a refined model that is packed with modern functionality. It's a lightweight wristwatch that measures 42 mm in diameter, made of stainless steel. The bezel is stationary yet has an elegant aesthetic in classic styling with a black dial and day and date features. The case back is transparent in an exhibition styling with both front and back covered with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It comes with a rubber strap and pin buckle and this watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The price ranges from $800-$1,000.
12. Oris Men's Aquis Analogue Display
This model is another big seller for the brand for those who are looking for a high-end wristwatch for casual wear. The case is made of stainless steel with a unidirectional ceramic bezel with a black top ring. The dial is a classic black with orange hands that make it easier to read. It is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The date is displayed in a window at the 6 o'clock position. The strap is made of durable black rubber and is adjustable.
11. Oris Big Crown ProPilot Automatic Black Dial Gre Fabric Men's Watch
This model features a round case that measures 41 mm in diameter with a thickness of 12 mm. It's made of stainless steel material. It's designed with a fixed stainless steel bezel. The dial is a gray color with a calendar and date display at the3 o'clock position. This watch is powered with a Swiss Automatic movement and is water-resistant up to 100 meters, and it's protected with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
10. Oris Big Crown 1917
This watch features a vintage aesthetic from the 1930's era and is one of the brand's signature designs. It's a classic pilot watch design offered in a limited edition. The case is 40 mm and made of stainless steel. The Big crown is a highly functional watch that id dedicated to aviators and this limited edition model was produced with a strict limitation of just 1,917 pieces. It was offered wtih an additional leather strap as a bonus feature.
9. Oris Men's Artix GT Swiss Stainless Steel Automatic
This model is one of the top ten Oris watches of all-time. It features a 37 mm stainless steel case with a black leather strap made of calfskin. The bezel is a silver color bi-directional rotating type. The dial is silver with contrasting Arabic numeral hour markers and luminous silver-tone hands. This watch features a 24 hour GMT function with its markers placed around the outer rim. It's powered with a Swiss-automatic movement and is water-resistant up to 330 feet. Although it's not a diver watch, it is suitable for wear when swimming or snorkeling.
8. Oris Williams FW41 (limited edition chronograph).
This is a model that was recently released in a limited edition of only 410 pieces. It is one of the most highly collectible modern models. The case is 44 mm in diameter and made of carbon fiber material. The dial is black with nicely contrasting hour markers and hands. The movement is a Swiss automatic winding with a chronograph function. The bracelet is made of rubber and it comes in a special box with a certificate guarantees its part in a limited production series.
7. Oris Chrononoris
The Chronoris is another limited edition with a production run of just 200 pieces. This stylish high-end model features a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm wide with a classic black dial and nicely contrasting hour markers and hands. It affixes to the wrist with a leather strap and is powered with a Swiss-automatic winding movement with a chronograph function. It also comes with a special box, a certificate of authenticity and an additional NATO style strap.
6. Oris Martini Racing Limited Edition
This is yet another highly collectible Oris special edition. The Martini Racing gives a nod to the sport of racing with a collection of special edition watches and a strict production run of just 500 pieces. This watch features an Oris Williams style case in a 44 mm diameter made of high-quality stainless steel with a black dial and a rubber strap. The movement is an automatic winding type with a chronograph function. It comes with a special box and a certificate of authenticity.
5. Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition
The Hammerhead limited edition model is a special design created to help fundraising efforts for the conservation of sharks, in collaboration with Pelagios Kakunja, a non-profit organization. Proceeds go to help in the research of shark behaviors and understanding the migratory routes of this endangered species in the Eastern Pacific. The current selling price is CHF 2,550.
4. Oris Frank Sinatra Chronograph
This is yet another special edition Oris model. It ws made in honor of the great crooner and late celebrity Frank Sinatra. The watch was released for sale in 2012 adn sold out quickly. It's one of the more collectible models that you can sometimes find offered for sale by a collector with an average starting price of $1,750 on up depending on the condition.
3. Oris Rectangular Date Bob Dylan Limited Edition
This is one of the most uniquely shaped Oris watches ever made. The Rectangular Date honors teh famed singer and songwriter Bob Dylan and it was first released in 2009. It is powered with a caliber 733 Sellita SW 200-1 Swiss-movement. It features a signature of Dylan in white next to the date window at 6 o'clock. This model was limited to a production run of just 3,000 pieces. The original box features a Hohner Marine Band harmonica. The case back has a unique outline of Bob Dylan and a small window displaying the Oris red rotor. The average selling price of this edition is $1,440.
2. Oris Men's Analog Display Swiss Automatic
The Oris reference number 73376534154MB is another popular model. The case is made of stainless steel in a 43 mm width and a depth of 14 mm with a matching steel bracelet. the black dial offers a contrasting background for the luminous hour and minute markers and hands. It's a sports watch tht was made for people who are active and on the go, and it's good for divers too with water resistance up to 1,000 feet.
1. Oris Artelier Alarm
This is one of the most attractive models made by Oris. The Artelier Alarm features an exceptional build quality with a stainless steel case measuring 42.5 mm in diameter and 14 mm in thickness. The bracelet is made of matching material with a fold-over clasp and double push-button safety feature. The bezel is also stainless steel and is easy to grasp for operating the top-notch mechanism. The dial is silver with rose-gold tone hands and hour markers for an exquisite touch of elegance. The movement is a Swiss-automatic self-winding type and this watch is protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
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