Waiting for an appointment schedule and I have time to burn, so I guess why not share my views of this watch, as quite a few are curious and to be honest, this watch looks very different when you see it in the metal compared to the marketing pictures
I have always had respect for Oris, and even had a diver65 at one point, but I had to let that one go for a trade on a watch I wanted more, and this is my second one
So, what made me buy one?
The first thing is, of course, the material itself, I have always wanted a bronze watch, but the ones available are either, too expensive for my taste, too large for my wrists, or I just dont like the overall looks of it
Along came Oris, with a slew of bronzey materials on the release of their watches
First I noticed was the carl brashear, definitely an awesome watch, but, it was a tad too large for me at 42mm, and of course the availability was zero around my area, and the price itself, was beyond my liking. Then came along the diver65, it was almost a winner for me, but the slight bronze on the bezel, wasnt bronze enough for me, hence making the trade-off
So after a while, it kinda went off my radar, until this came along last year
It was so hype but I couldnt find one available around me that I could see and try on, every month or two I asked my local stores, they had one or two and got sold immediately, so I didnt have a chance to try one until, a few days ago
The spec sheet looked very promising, 40mm case, 47mm lug to lug, pointer date, all bronze, green dial, rosegold hands, and all the while making it special was it was oris's big crown 80th anniversary, making it an important hallmark release, but as always, I dont buy watches blind, these costs quite a sum, while most regard Oris as an "affordable" luxury watch, I still find splurging cash over $500 on something Im unsure of, is not a good idea
I have to be honest, Oris' pointer date despite one of their most successful and longest running model, it never strikes me as something I'd imagine having it in my collection
But the bronze edition, makes it an entirely different proposition
So here I am
When I saw it in person, I had some back and forth, it wears very well, the case looks awesome, and, the pointer date complication is just a refreshing take than an aperture date, and also, the cathedral hand is very vintage-y looking. The whole package is very very very appealing. Especially given its pricepoint, it is really to me, a value for money proposition.
The case is very nicely designed, alternating between brushed, polished line, and coin edge bezel, is very very mesmerizing. The sunken bezel also gives an impression that the watch has depth and dimension, and doing so, they can make lug thicker making it a more sturdy and casual looking watch. This watch is nowhere near dressy, especially after it patina comes over, and thicker lugs helps address that more casual look.
I love the 20mm lug width as it is a common number for straps, so changing straps is a breeze, and I can combine this with numerous straps that I own. The lugs also curve down nicely, having it hug your wrist more. Even with my flat wrists, I can barely see any gaps when wearing it.
The one and only gripe, was the colour of the dial. The green is much paler than I thought, and when I mean much, is very significant. Its matte in colour, and well despite it looks good, I had hoped it would be a darker tone. Despite that, I end up buying it, and I find the dial to vary from different angles and different lighting.
Some people complain about the BIG CROWN writing above the automatic, saying they dont need to state the obvious. Well I beg to differ, I believe Big Crown is the name of the model, just like Onega would put Aquaterra on their dial, just like Rolex puts Datejust on their dial. Sure the name isnt as cool as the other two examples, but they imply the same meaning, model name.
Would I change anything?
Yes, there are things I'd like to change if I could, nothing is perfect.
First is the dial colour, I would really really be happier if it came with the Timeless edition dial colour, of make it a bit darker, or have the dial some metallic sheen to it or texture. I hope one day swiss watchmakers will experiment more on dial textures like Seiko does, it just elevates a watch to a whole different level.
Second is the lume, I would make it a light brown - faux patina colour. I know some may be put off by it, but imagine when the case is heavily patina'd, then you have a slight greenish lume, its not bad, but with a faux patina, it'll be awesome.
Third would be adding some colour differences on the stages of the dial, this is where a dial like the timeless edition would suit this perfectly, you'd have darker outer edge for the date, slightly brighter for the minute track, and even brighter the inner hour and hands.
So I guess that sums it up, there is a 36mm model version which I think is great that Oris provides this, and a slew of rainbow colour dial and materials as well, also complications too. They are ready to cater almost any market that would buy their watches.
Oh one more thing, the watch came with a patina from the store, it probably developed during shipment and storage, but its very easy to clean. I cleaned mine up early this morning, wanting the watch to develop "my" patina instead. All it took was a toothpaste, 15 minutes and a toothbrush. All you need to do is apply with your finger, rub with some amount of force, and brush under small running water with a toothbrush. Darker patinas takes a bit more effort and probably two times wash.
When its free from patina, it looks really really pink. Its not bad for those wanting a rose gold watch on a budget, all you need to do is wash it once a week depending how you wear it.
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