For those of you who have relished in the ongoing trend of bronze watches, you will be overjoyed with Oris’ newest release: the Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date watch. Case in solid bronze, the watch continues to prove the importance of the legendary Oris Pointer Date complication first released 1938. The design remains based on the company’s first pilot’s wristwatch from 1917 alongside the updated complication which allows for an oversized crown to control the date by hand displayed on the peripheral track. At the time – and still to this day – the complication was essential for gloved airmen who needed to adjust their watches quickly and easily.
The Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date watch is incredibly similar to the 80th anniversary addition released to celebrate the complication’s birthday, but this new edition features a stunning new bronze dial which pairs beautifully with the bronze case. Whether you are familiar with bronze or not, it is an absolutely breathtaking material that offers something truly unique to its wearer. Bronze has a history of being used in deep sea diving helmets and its uniqueness comes from its ability to naturally age and change colour the more it is worn. When exposed to moisture in the air and pH levels in perspiration, the bronze will develop a natural patina. This means this Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date watch will become completely bespoke to you the more you wear it.
Continuing to follow in the steps of its historic 1930’s counterpart, the Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date showcases a stunning coin edged bezel originally inspired by the detailing on jet turbine engines. The bezel is fitted to a 40mm bronze case equipped with scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on the inside, a screw in security crown to assist in the water resistance of 50 metres and a stunning see-through mineral glass case back which allows you a glimpse into the automatic winding movement housed within.
The Oris 754 mechanical calibre powers the iconic central date hand alongside centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds and a power reserve of 38 hours. Based on the Swiss made SW 200-1 calibre, the pointer date automatic winding movement also boasts 26 jewels and 28,800 vibrations per hour. Each of the functions are displayed beautifully on the bronze dial, a first for Oris, which has been specially treated and sealed with a transparent lacquer for a unique finish for every single piece. The bronze is perfectly complimented by gold plated cathedral hands coated in glow in the dark Superluminova. The monochromatic golden aesthetic is broken up only by the addition of the red-tipped pointer date hand.
The Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date watch is completed by an opulent strap engineered using chamois deer leather, an unusual material but one that offers a softer and more luxurious feel with an added touch of vintage elegance. To secure the strap, a matching bronze pin buckle is added which will develop its own natural patina just like the case.
- Case Size: 40mm
- Case Material: Bronze
- Bezel: Fixed
- Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
- Case Back: Mineral glass
- Crown: Screw in
- Water Resistance: 50 metres
- Movement: Oris 754 automatic winding
- Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, pointer date
- Power Reserve: 38 hours
- Jewels: 26
- Frequency: 28,800vph
- Dial: Bronze with gold Superluminova hands
- Strap: Chamois deer leather
- Buckle: Bronze pin buckle
- RRP: £1,500