It’s been 80 years since Oris introduced its first pointer date mechanism, which has become a signature complication within the larger Oris watch range. The Big Crown collection that this easy-to-read date function graces is likewise a signature Oris collection, and has done much to advance the Swiss watchmaker’s reputation for crafting interesting, affordable mechanical watches with great vintage looks. To honor the 80th year of the Big Crown Pointer Date, Oris has created a special anniversary edition of its star aviator watch featuring a a 40mm bronze case and a distinctive green dial that looks great now, but might just go perfectly with this watch as the case ages into its eventual patina.
As you can see in the next few pictures, the crown and case are made completely of bronze, with the exception of the caseback, which is made of steel and mineral glass and screws down into the back of the watch. Through that back you can see the distinctive red rotor of the Oris 754 movement.
While this is far from the the first bronze watch we’ve seen from Oris (in fact, Oris already makes a smaller version of the pointer date in bronze), this watch comes in right at the sweet spot size of 40mm for an aviator’s timepiece and it demonstrates that Oris has a real commitment to making bronze watches in multiple collections (there are multiple Oris dive models that also incorporate bronze – from fully cased models like this one to others that incorporate bronze accents).
If you read HODINKEE, then you know that bronze is unusual among watchmaking materials for its ability to patinate fairly quickly while taking on a new look whose trajectory is influenced by the body chemistry of the wearer, and the environment to which the watch is subjected.
Model: Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition
Reference Number: 01 754 7741 3167-07 5 20 58BR
Case Material: Bronze
Dial Color: Green
Lume: Yes, indices and numerals printed with SuperLuminova
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Dark brown leather strap made with sustainably sourced and produced materials, bronze tang buckle
Caliber: Oris 754 (Sellita SW 200-1 base)
Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, pointer date
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Pricing & Availability
Availability: November 2018