For those in search of quality at a more convenient price point Oris has always been one of the most alluring options in the horology market. And as they revamp their “Classic” collection their professional environment watch offerings have seen a clear expansion. Introducing the “Oris Classic Date Watch”.
The case for this watch can be had in either stainless-steel or a PVD gold plated version, with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner working mechanical movement. Size wise this timepiece can be had in either 42mm for males or 28.5mm for ladies (although it still comes down to personal taste); unlike previous offerings of this model which came with a: small (29mm), medium (37mm) or large (42mm) options. All of which are topped by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
It bears a quite traditional round case design, although it seems to have been slightly tweaked towards a more streamlined shape, which settles better on to the wrist and provides a comfortable fit. Mounted to the case is a polished bezel with a small knurled ring directly underneath it, which manages to attribute a bit more pizzazz to a pretty simple design. Also comes equipped with a setting-crown which features an Oris inscription on it.
Time is exhibited on either a dark grey or silver white dial with gold applied hour index markers and the Roman numerals for the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o‘clock positions. The center of the dial has also been redesigned from previous iterations to now include a guilloché patterned chapter ring at its circumference. Oris has stated that this detail was “inspired by the galvanized canopy of the Great Court at the British Museum…“ which is home to an iconic glass structure designed by Lord Norman, who is held by many to be one of the world’s greatest living architectures.
Baton hands point out the time with the double edged hour markers. Oris has also claimed that this slimmer design ensures the dial can “catch light at any angle”. But, to further ensure an enhanced legibility both the hands, hour index makers and Roman numerals have been slightly filled with a luminescent coating. There is also a small date aperture at the bottom of the dial, aligned with the 6 o’clock position.
Oris Classic Date
This “Oris Classic Date” (References below or following the provided link) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 733 with 26 jewels and 28,800 vph. It’s basically a Sellita SW200 with a custom rotor, which can also be summed up to an ETA 2824 movement. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.
The movement only differs for the smaller 28.5mm sizes versions of this watch which were equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber ETA 2671 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this movement can also clock in 38 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is either a: a stainless-steel or multi-piece stainless steel and rose gold PVD plated metal bracelet, both secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel folding clasp; or a dark brown, white, or grey leather strap, all secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. For more up to date information or a view of the various configurations this timepiece can be had in and their corresponding reference numbers, you can visit the official Oris website here.
(Ref#: 01 561 7718 4373-07 8 14 12) – 28.5mm Two-tone Grey dial
(Ref#: 01 561 7718 4373-07 5 14 32) – 28.5mm Brown strap Black dial
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