When you think of a luxury watch, you think Swiss. The Swiss Made brand is a guarantee of quality, a seal of approval and mark of quality worldwide. More than half of the luxury watches we come to covet are from Switzerland. Think the likes of Omega, TAG Heuer, Rolex, and the prestigious Patek Philippe. Of course, most of us can’t say we can casually rock a Rolex or Patek, the latter of which regularly achieves record sums at auctions.
The Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication is one of the most complicated mechanical pocket watches ever created and had a winning bid of $24 million at a 2014 auction. For those who can’t spend millions on a Swiss Made watch, how about a few thousand? Oris is a Swiss Made watch company with over 100 years of history creating high-quality watches with distinctive design. While few brands compare with the prestigious Patek, Oris watches can hold their own.
A unique and innovative brand
Oris was founded in 1904 by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in the Swiss town of Hölstein. They named their company Oris after a nearby brook. By 1911, Oris became the largest employer in the town, with over 300 workers. They even built houses and apartments for their staff. The company expanded so much that by 1929, it had factories in Hölstein, Holderbank, Como, Courgenay, Herbetswil, and Ziefen. Oris expanded even further and even began making their own watch escapements. That was just the beginning in their innovative history and impact in the industry.
By the end of the 1960s, Oris was one of the then largest watch companies in the world. It had 800 employees across factories in Hölstein and beyond and produced 1.2 million watches and clocks a year. Today, Oris is a celebrated watch brand and still produces innovative pieces like the ProDiver Pointer Moon, the world’s first mechanical watch to indicate both the lunar cycle and tidal range. Oris watches continue to be known for their unique designs and expert, reliable craftsmanship. Their current collections focus on several areas of interest and sport, including Diving, Culture, Aviation, and Motor Sport.
Sleek and functional
The Oris Dive Control Limited Edition is a lightweight, black-DLC-coated titanium version of Oris’ ProDiver watch. It’s one of the most precise watches is Oris’ portfolio. It was developed with Roman Frischknecht, a Swiss commercial diver. Oris developed the patented Rotation Safety System, or RSS, with Frischknecht. The RSS is featured on every Oris ProDiver watch and is designed to lock a watch’s diving bezel securely in place during a dive. The watch has a full 60-minute counter as opposed to most chronographs, which carry 30-minute counters. The counter is indicated by yellow detailing on the subdial at 12 o’clock.
The Dive Control watch features a 51mm watch face with sapphire top glass that is domed on both sides and has an anti-reflective coating inside. The case back is titanium, black plated, screwed, and has special markings. Oris’ trademarked Red Rotor symbol is seen on the movement, a signature on any Oris watch. The watch is water resistant 100 bar and comes in a waterproof box. The box also includes an additional rubber strap and professional strap changing tools.
The watch will have a limited run—only 500—and will cost $4,950. Buy Here