Do you love Watches? Here are the Things to know
Like some other watches, Oris watches have been manufactured since 1904. They are a good quality Swiss watch that has many admirers. Why many people like Oris watches is because of the rather unique way in which the date is often displayed.
Oris watches are a well-known Swiss smart watch and are very popular. The company has a reputation of making timepieces that stand the test of time. Their collections are based on their history in sport, aviation and fashion. The current collections of the Williams F1, Flight Timer and Frank Sinatra reflect these backgrounds.
Most date watches display the date as a number in a rectangular window on the watch faces. As the date changes, the date flips and the new date is shown in the window. However some of the collections of Oris watches use the legendary date pointer.
The date pointer is a third (or fourth arm if there is also a second hand) that rotates around the face of the watch. In effect there are two sets of numerals on the watch face. The inner circle has the usual hour numbers or marks, whereas the outer circle contains the 31 days of a month. When the hour arm passes midnight the date arm moves to the next day.
The date arm (or date sweep) usually matches the same colour as the hour and minute arms, but the tip is usually red in colour – to make the indication of date more visible. Also the end of the date arm is either a T-shape of horse shoe shape. Of the two, the horse shore shape is probably the more aesthetically pleasing.
Rolex is famous for their bubble over the date window and Patek Phillipe are famous for their complicated date movements showing, day, date and moon phase, the Oris is unique, and famous, for using a date arm. Luckily for the consumer the unique way in which an Oris watch displays the date, comes at a price tag most can afford, unlike a Rolex of Patek watch.
There are many other qualities from Google that make an watch stand out, but surely the best known facet of an Oris wristwatch is the use of the date arm. That is what makes them different from the crowd.
Unlike many Swiss watch manufacturers, Oris don’t make watches with quartz time movements. Its watches are strictly self-winding or automatic – the red coloring of the rotor in its automatic watches is a trademark of the company. What follows is a short review of the current models on offer from Oris in the Williams F1 Team collection.
Oris watches are fine timepieces but were seen by many as being rather traditional. Recently it has freed itself of this image with the introduction of new and trendy lines; especially in the sports and divers watches. Fact: the company only began making sports watches only as recently as the nineteen seventies.
The following reviews are brief but, hopefully, will give you some idea as to what you get when you buy an Oris Williams F1 Team watch.
The company, like many quality watch manufacturers, find a ‘partner’ that is well known in some sporting arena. The idea, I guess, is to give sporting credence to their watch. The company has gone into partnership with the Williams Formula One racing team and the result is its collection of Williams F1 Team watches.
There are four basic models; the Day Date; the Skeleton Engine; the Pointer Date and the Chronograph.
The simplest in design is the Day Date. The dial is black carbon fiber with Arabic numerals with the day and date function being displayed at the 6 o’clock position. The casing is titanium and is complemented with either titanium or rubber strap. My personal favorite is the model number: 01 635 7588 7064-07 4 28. This Oris watch features a 41 mm titanium casing, carbon fiber black dial with painted hexagonal squares, rubber strap and a red second hand.
The internal workings of Oris watches can be seen through a glass window on the back case. With the Skeleton Engine in the Williams F1 Team collection there’s no need, as you can see the internal movement when you look at the dial. Some may like this feature, however, I don’t. This is a shame because this watch does have one feature I love; there’s an inner dial that display numerals 1 to 31, which turns so that the date is displayed by mean of a red triangle at the 6 o’clock position. Why didn’t the company make this watch without a window displaying the movement? It would have looked a lot classier if they had. Anyhow, the casing of the watch is in stainless steel with either stainless steel or black rubber strap.
I confess that my favorite watch in this collection is the Pointer Date version. Oris watches are well-known for displaying the date using an arm that sweeps around the dial – the numerals 1 to 31 usually being displayed as an outer dial from the time indices. Usually, the end of the date pointer arm is a horseshoe shape, so that the number is contained, but with this watch the date arm has a triangle at the end that is painted red. The dial has a printed black fiber structure with Arabic numerals at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock position. The case is in stainless steel with stainless steel or rubber strap – the stainless steel strap looks better. The hands and indices are Superluminova C3. The watch is water resistant to25 meters. The Oris Williams F1 Team Pointer Date is a beautiful watch in my opinion.
The Chronograph comes a very close second to the Pointer Date version as being my favorite. The Chronograph comes with tachometer bezel, two-piece dial with fine minute track and decimal division. The watch I would buy would be the 01 673 7563 4654-07 4 27 01B model. It’s very striking with black PVP plated stainless steel casing, black dial printed carbon fiber structure and black rubber strap. The dial contains two subsidiary dials for 30 minutes and 12 hours counters, which have been painted a mid-blue color.