This will either turn into a really lame post and failure of a thread, or it will hopefully become a thread where owners and fans can really talk about their interest/love for the brand without discussing a particular watch.
Oris has always occupied a certain space in my perception of this whole WIS thing right from the very beginning. I started this serious interest in watches (dive to be more specific) around 2006 I believe, when I started frequenting various forums, online retailers, etc. I started with a Seiko Orange Monster that was bought a few years previous and worn as a daily watch. I got sucked into the early Invicta thing that lasted a short time, got into Zodiac, Early Micro Brands like Bali Ha'i, and Orsa, SKX series divers, and Citizen Divers. The likes of IWC, Rolex, Panerai, Anonimo, etc, were so far out of reach, that they never did (or likely will) play any role in my collecting.
The Oris TT1 on the other hand was one of those attainable watches that still held "grail" status. I combed over photos and reviews incessantly and could not stop obsessing over this watch. There was something about it. The dial work, the kettle/donut shaped case which was unlike anything I had seen at the time, made me feel like Oris had it's own authentic design language, that was not derivative and they seemed liked a true idependant manufacturer. Three years later in 2009 I was in a position to spend the 2200.00 or whatever it was from a brick and mortar AD no less and get the TT1 1000m small seconds on bracelet with orange lume. I could not believe the finishing and workmanship of that watch. It was the first watch that felt like it was imparting some kind of "feeling" while wearing it. At least for me. Not just visual interest, weight, or mechanical accuracy, but an actual "sense of well being" feeling. Like magic. No other watch in my sizable collection had this effect.
I imagine this is what high end watch owners feel with their top tier watches. Oris owns that rare space in the 2000.00 (retail) segment that is such a huge jump from 500.00 Micros and entry level big name watches, like Tissot, Certina, Alpina, etc, but bridges that gap to the 8000.00 dollar and above category (at least I feel like it does) so well.
They are a grail watch for everyday watch fans, and they deserve that position and then some in my humble opinion. Oris will always occupy a prominent position in my perception of this watch game.
PLEASE. share your thoughts as Oris owners/fans.
Quick memory lane trip.................. Remember when there was one mid series season of the Soprano's in which Oris had aggressive product placement? Heavily featured in almost every episode? I do, and being a couple of decades before the advent of influencers and the like, thought it was the coolest thing ever. Oris has done a TON of stuff right in my book.
What is your story?