We’d need to clock back to 1970 to witness the introduction of the stop-seconds chronograph known as “ChronOris”. Now Oris is returning this vintage watch in a modern version for the horology market.
This was actually the first chronograph for the Oris brand when it was released 47 years ago. Even the simplistic name they gave this timepiece can read just that if we break it down: “chronograph” and “Oris” combined result in “ChronOris”. They actually released an updated modern version with a retro-racing motif back in 2005, but now Oris returns with a different take on the same vintage inspiration.
The 39mm tonneau-shaped case is made out of stainless-steel with a brushed top finish and polished sides, as another vintage callback. Its solid case back has the Oris logo engraved on it, as well as water-resistance and caliber information. There are two separate crowns to the right-side of the case, aligned with the 2 and 4 o’clock positions and each crown has a different finishing to tell them apart tactilely. One of the crowns serves to set the time and date; while the second crown operates the inner bezel timer. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a grey dial with white-orange-tipped “matchstick” hour index markers, with a series of smaller minute index markers. Arabic numerals for every 5 minute increment along the silver rotating bezel ring. There are several chapter rings in diversified shades of silver, grey and black. The seconds hands has also been colored orange to match with the tips of the hour index markers. There is also a white date aperture at the 3 o’clock position that manages to be quite legible. Its hands and hour index markers have also undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
But, one of the main highlights of this timepiece may go unnoticed to the less observant, or familiar with this models back story. The inner rotating bezel timer, which is the silver ring circling the dial is controlled by the crown at the 4 o’clock position. A useful feature, nicely tucked away in plain sight with a straightforward control mechanism. Making this watch not a “stop-seconds chronograph”, but rather a “time-and-date” watch, equipped with an inner bezel that can work as a timer.
Oris Chronoris Date
This “Oris ChronOris Date” (Ref#: 01 733 7737 4053-07 5 19 44) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 733 with 26 jewels and 28,800 vph. This movement is based on the original Selita SW 200-1. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet with 15-links, just like the original 1970’s model came with. Although it’s also available with a: grey nylon NATO; or a brown or black leather strap; besides the aforementioned vintage style steel bracelet. For more information visit the official Oris website.
MSRP: $1750.00 USD on strap (or) $1950.00 USD on the steel bracelet
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