This watch bug is dangerous to the bank account, good thing I love ORIS otherwise I might have spent some really serious money, as expensive as these are for me, themselves, (I am not in the Rolex, PP, etc. tax bracket ). That's okay, ORIS makes wonderful watches .
When I started down this particular rabbit hole mid June (which is when I got my Big Crown ProPilot Day Date) the very first nice watch I looked at, after checking out mid priced Bulovas/Citizens/Seikos (which ended up putting me on the hunt for a nice, mechanical watch within my budget) was an Artix GT Chronograph. The price was far above my intended budget, but that watch was my introduction to ORIS, which I was only familiar with as a name that was on Williams F1 cars. So I ended up getting the BCPPDD as it was still pricy for me but checked all the boxes, except for the chronograph but I was on the fence as to whether I really needed that feature or not .
For some reason (hmm.........) I decided to go back to the AD the other day and just have a look at the Artix GT Chronograph again (uh huh.........). Well, this time we came to an agreement on a price that I could live with and it came home with me. LOVE THIS WATCH!!! I will try to make some photos over the weekend of it.
One of the things that helped with the price is the research I have done since I started learning about better watches; the strap on this watch is apparently not original to it although it is an ORIS strap. Maybe you more knowledgeable WUSes can help me sort this out. The model ID pegs this watch as this model but the strap on the watch is a croco (embossed) leather strap with an ORIS tang buckle, not the rubber strap this model number would imply. I am fine with the strap on the watch, just curious as to whether this model ever came with it as the AD has no knowledge of it ever having been swapped out, and when I spoke with Christie at ORIS USA (very nice person ) she did not believe that strap was ever offered on the Artix GT Chronograph.
Hopefully, I will not walk into that AD for a while (to help replenish my funds!), but for some strange reason (hmm.........) I keep looking at all kinds of watches on-line. . I have two great watches now, with different kinds of movements (SW220-1, and VJ7750) from two different manufacturers (Sellita, and ETA), so what more could I want, er, need?