Oris Automatic Watches

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2015-06-26 10:43:07

Oris Automatic Watches are wristwatches produced by the Swiss manufacturer Oris.

History and description

Oris began in 1904 in the Swiss town of Helstein. It was founded by George Christian and Paul Cattin (formerly of le Lochle) and its first watch was produced in 1906.

The first automatic watch was released in 1952. The release of its automatic watches generated much acclaim for Oris and they went on to receive several prestigious awards including the Observatory of Neuchatels 'Certified Chronometer' status.

One of Oris' main aims was to manufacture watches that could be accessible to everyone. With this aim in mind they developed electroplating to produce watches that were gold-plated in preference to solid gold.

Other features which differentiate Oris from their competitors include hardened brass components which increased the longevity of their timepieces. Oris watches fall into one of four categories; culture, aviation, diving and motor sports.

Guide for collectors

Watches particularly popular with collectors include the 1952 601-movement watches and the 1966 watches with 645 movements. This level of intricacy, with some of the components being produced by hand make them highly desirable to collectors.

All watches produced by Oris feature a red rotor which can be viewed through the display window.

Oris have produced many collections including the Williams F1 Team, Divers, BC3 Day Date, BC4, Big Crown, Artelier, Rectangular and Flight Timer.

Interestingly, the resale value of Oris Watches can be surprisingly low making it one of the more affordable ways to begin collecting Swiss watches.

Value

Oris automatic watches can be sourced for a range of prices with few retailing for over $2,000 and many available under $1,000.

One of the more expensive pieces is the Motor Sport TT3, a high precision chronograph watch made of black titanium which can be purchased at just over $2,000.

More affordable options include stainless steel watches with push-button deplayment (such as the B3 and products from the Williams F1 range.) These can be purchased for just over $500.

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