Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition

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The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date has always been a style statement and a useful instrument. For its 80th anniversary, Oris announces a special bronze edition

In 1938, Oris introduced a pioneering watch for pilots. It had an oversized crown so that glove-wearing airmen could easily adjust it, and an unusual complication – a date indicated by a central pointer hand.
The aim behind it was to create a beautiful, high-quality, reasonably priced timekeeper that would be reliable and easy to use, even in hostile conditions. Little could the independent Swiss watchmaker have known at the time that eight decades later, the Big Crown Pointer Date would not only continue to fulfil that ambition, but also that it would have become one of the most recognisable of all watch designs, an icon for the generations.

1954 Oris Big Crown Pointer Date in hands of Dr. Rolf Portmann
1954 Oris Big Crown Pointer Date in hands of Dr. Rolf Portmann

‘Designs come and go, but the Big Crown Pointer Date has endured and keeps getting stronger,’ says Oris’s Honorary Chairman, Dr Rolf Portmann,who also shares his experiences of the Big Crown: It’s become an Oris signature and a symbol of how strong the company’s heritage and brand are.’

No watch tells the historic tale of independent Swiss watchmaker Oris quite like the iconic Big Crown Pointer Date. It’s a potent symbol of Oris’s philosophy, and some say that without it Oris might not enjoy its current status as a leader in Swiss Made mechanical watches.

Oris’s Honorary Chairman Dr Rolf Portmann
Oris’s Honorary Chairman Dr Rolf Portmann

To mark the 80th anniversary of this landmark watch, Oris has created the Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition, a special piece with a 40mm case, fluted bezel and oversized crown cast in bronze, and a striking green dial.
Oris has chosen bronze for the case material in part because of its current popularity, but also because it’s a utilitarian material that tells the story of Oris’s industrial approach to watchmaking.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition, ref. 01 754 7741 3167-07 5 20 58BR
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition, ref. 01 754 7741 3167-07 5 20 58BR

Bronze patinates naturally as it oxidises, so that each watch will take on a unique finish over time. The deep green of the dial also has a natural feel, complementing the bronze case. The combination of materials and colours is symbolic of the watch’s design heritage, Oris’s rich mechanical watchmaking history, and the company’s natural location in Switzerland’s beautiful Waldenburg Valley.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition

Reference number: 01 754 7741 3167-07 5 20 58BR

Case: Multi-piece bronze case

Diameter: 40.00 mm

Dial: Green Luminous Material Indices and numerals printed with Super-LumiNova C1/C3, hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova C1/C3

Top: Glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside

Case Back: Stainless steel, screwed, seethrough mineral glass Operating Devices Bronze screw-in security crown Strap/Bracelet Dark brown leather strap made with sustainably sourced and produced materials, bronze buckle

Water Resistance: 5 bar

Movement: Oris 754

Functions: Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date centre hand, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second

Winding: Automatic winding, bi-directionally rotating red rotor

Power-Reserve: 38 hours