Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 Watch Review

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 Watch Review

Shortly after its debut within this year’s Holstein Limited Edition, the new Oris Calibre 403 movement manifests itself into the brand’s iconic Big Crown Pointer Date watch offering the same impressive resistance to magnetism, a solid five-day power reserve and a ten-year warranty.

The Oris Calibre 403

This time last year, Oris announced their newest in-house calibre to join their already notable portfolio of manufacture movements, the Calibre 400. The movement began its history within a selection of 43.5mm Oris Aquis watches which later extended into a series of 41.5mm designs and a single AquisPro watch. Simultaneously, the Swiss watch manufacturer launched a second iteration of the calibre, this time the Calibre 402 equipped inside the brand’s third Oris Carl Brashear watch offering an additional small seconds complication at 6 o’clock.

Then just this summer, Oris revealed their third movement in the Calibre 400 series with the 2021 Oris Holstein Limited Edition. Limited to 250 pieces, the 38mm design brought to life one of the brand’s most coveted complications, the pointer date, with a bold red arrow-tipped hand at the centre reaching out towards the date decorating the circumference of the dial. This design led the way for the watch we’re looking at today, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 watch, which like its limited edition predecessor offers a host of exceptional technologies.

So, what’s so special about the Calibre 403? Like the rest of the Calibre 400 series, the movement is a proprietary manufacture movement meaning that it was developed entirely in-house. This means Oris have had entire control of how the mechanism was developed opting for only the best in terms of power reserve, accuracy and anti-magnetism. In terms of power reserve, you can expect to leave your Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 watch off your wrist for a total of 10 days before having to manually wind it. It also promises accuracy well within COSC limits rated at -3/+5 seconds per day. On top of that, the movement allows the watch to be signed up for a 10 year warranty. That means if you buy the new Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 watch today, you won’t have to have it serviced until 2031…

The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 Watch

Other than its fresh new movement, what else can we expect from the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 watch? Well, as its name suggests, you’ll get the familiar architecture of the brand’s iconic Big Crown Pointer Date watch that has been part of their luxury watch family since 1938. It remains characterised by two distinctive features, both of which have been purposely designed for aviators, including an oversized crown and a large central hand which points to the date. For a change, the dial is finished in a gorgeous navy blue colour with Arabic numerals printed with Superluminova and the incorporation of a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock.

Like the limited edition Oris Holstein watch launched earlier in the year, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 is slightly smaller in size to earlier iterations with a 38mm stainless steel case. The case has also substituted its usually typical coin-edged bezel with a flat polished bezel, a choice we secretly wish they hadn’t made. The case also features a screw down crown, sapphire crystal case back, domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment and a 50 metre water resistant rating. To complete the design, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 watch comes with a quick-change-system black leather strap and classic steel pin buckle.

If you’d like to learn more about the new Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 watch and order your own, head over to the Jura Watches website here. Alternatively, get in touch with the team by calling 01335 453453 or send us a message at help@jurawatches.co.uk.

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