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2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

And the award for the best watch commemorating a jazz legend in 2014 is… Well, okay, it’s not a particularly crowded field. Still, after wearing the new Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition model (Reference 01 733 7681 4084-Set LS) almost non-stop for a couple of weeks, I’d have to nominate it – not just for that award, but perhaps the most successfully wearable, wonderfully minimal, truly modern dress watch I’ve had on my wrist all year. As well, it may also be one of the true value-proposition timepieces of 2014 thanks to the subtle details it packs into its seemingly restrained design.

Now, when one thinks of Oris, dressier watches – let alone music-themed ones – rarely come to mind at first. Oris is best known, of course, as the independent Swiss brand beloved for guys’ mechanical tool watches – pilot watches, and especially its industry-standard-setting dive watches like the Aquis and ProDiver. These models, like much of Oris’ offerings, are famed for punching well above their weight (i.e. price point) in terms of compelling style and Swiss-made quality. However, Oris has maintained a more experimental collection know as “Culture” that is unexpected compared to its more sober offerings – it seems to be the brand’s test lab of sorts, where it can get its freak on to try out different looks, styles, and mechanics one simply wouldn’t expect (or crave) from Oris. And within the “Culture” offerings, there is a particularly developed subset known as the “Jazz Collection.”

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

So where does this fit into the overall Oris aesthetic? Well, when aBlogToWatch’s fearless leader Ariel Adams once asked Oris’ current chairman (and nearly four-decade employee of the brand) Ulrich Herzog why he pursued a jazz collection within the company, he simply replied, “Because I like jazz!” Oris has even organized a number of jazz festivals under its aegis, but its most visible commitment to the great, groundbreaking American music genre is its Jazz Collection timepieces.

In it, Oris has paid tribute to many of jazz’s greatest artists – from Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, and even avant-garde fusion guitarist John McLaughlin. However, to be honest, despite my passion for this music, I haven’t always desired to acquire one of these models for my own collection. For one, I’ve sometimes found them a bit too illustrative and literal, more like a piece of memorabilia than something one might actually want to wear. Oris’ Miles Davis Limited Edition from 2001, for example, features a silhouette of Miles playing trumpet on its caseback along with his stylized signature; the tank-style case and rather garish deco-style hour numerals on the dial didn’t seem too great a fit for most contemporary tastes, either.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

The current tribute model to West Coast jazz great Chet Baker – the aptly-named Chet Baker Limited Edition (Reference 01 733 7591 4084-Set LS) – seems to follow this precedent, with its busy dial overwhelmed with musical notes as hour/second markers and Baker’s flowing script signature, as well as a neither-here-nor-there 40mm case size that doesn’t point it in either a modern or retro direction. But with the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition, I feel Oris has finally cracked the code. They’ve created a model that, in its sublime execution, both pays tribute to the essence of jazz and its titular inspiration – all the while creating a beautiful timepiece that even a non-jazz aficionado would be proud to wear. At the same time, the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition shows just how jazz can be a fitting inspiration for a timepiece when done right.

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Coltrane, of course, is arguably jazz’s greatest icon. In his tragically short career, he proved both a virtuoso saxophone player who pulled a lush, multidimensional, utterly distinctive tone out of his axe, and was an ace bandleader and improviser; at the same time, Coltrane also proved a fearless, groundbreaking innovator who pushed the genre into uncharted realms, with fearless, utterly experimental works like the 1960s Giant Steps, A Love Supreme and Ascension (the latter two both from 1965). More than anything, Coltrane was bold – so what does this titan known for the Herculean ribbons of shimmering, abstract sound have to do with his new, utterly subtle namesake wristwatch?

Intriguingly, when the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition debuted at Baselworld in 2013, it followed the baldly commemorative pattern of previous Jazz Collection releases, featuring an image of him playing saxophone etched onto its caseback. But with the watch’s actual release this past year, that caseback was replaced by a solid steel one dominated primarily by Oris’ shield-like logo. The only indication of the figure it’s paying tribute to is in the name of the watch etched above it in a plain, Helvetica-style font.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

That change is the key to the genius of this watch: instead of literally depicting Coltrane, the watch captures his spirit and music through a series of subtle cues and details. The primary one is the vintage-style “train track” minute/seconds index at the outer edge of the dial. It is rendered in a deep luminescent blue that serves as a clever visual pun referencing Coltrane’s classic Blue Train album from 1957, replicating almost exactly the hue of light Coltrane is bathed in on the cover photograph. This is a multilayered reference point, actually. The color blue also evokes the blues – the African-American style of music from whence jazz (and rock and roll, and pretty much all popular music) sprang, as well as the “cool” suggested in the titles and sounds of masterpieces like Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Trains as well prove a potent echo from the history of African-American culture, from slavery’s “Underground Railroad” to serving as the subject of many classic blues and jazz standards.

It’s a riff on a theme much as Coltrane himself might insert or mutate a phrase from a standard effortlessly into an improvisation, not drawing overt attention to it as he transformed it into something unique. As well, while I may be extrapolating a bit here, but even the custom font of Oris’ logo recalls the clean, modern typography that distinguished the art direction of the great jazz label ECM. But what’s great is this information remains a sort of lively secret to the wearer; it doesn’t announce one’s jazz/Coltrane fandom to the world, but instead acts as a more personal detail – a nuanced symbolism that enriches the wearing of the watch.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

The layout of the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition is sober, hardly as wild and improvisational as one of its namesake’s great solos. But by swapping literal imagery for a kind of lyrical, symbolic abstraction, the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition grows greater than the sum of its parts. It’s simply incredibly wearable and readable, period. It just proves a great timepiece, regardless of its inspiration – a quality which I believe so-called “tribute watches” of this ilk should strive to achieve.

Ultimately, what makes this piece succeed is that it is less demonstrative of John Coltrane per se than something he might actually have worn! Jazz musicians, of course, were the first GQ dudes: they wore the finest suits and timepieces of their time (Miles certainly loved his Breitling, among others) that exuded what we now revere as Mad Men-style retro-hipster cool. As such, the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition embodies mid-century-modern elegance in its starkly minimal black dial and thin sticks of steel for hour markers. They’re broken up only by the minutes/seconds track: as seen through the curve of the wonderfully domed sapphire crystal, it adds a subtle cobalt shimmer to the dial’s midnight monochrome. It’s a surprisingly legible, yet interesting, presentation. By making a parallel between jazz references and vintage design cues, the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition conveys a sophisticated understanding that jazz is ultimately synonymous with modernism, a true expression of a distinctly 20th century revolutionary aesthetic.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

Indeed, the many things this watch does right simply lifts it above its competition. For one, I love that the date window is the same color as the dial – a detail so many similar watches skip; this nuance both makes the watch slightly dressier, and creates a more unified design expression. The hands are perfectly proportioned; they’re also correctly curved slightly, so as to appear straight when looking at the domed crystal straight on. And where so often a timepiece uses its crystal as a mere transparent window to showcase the dial, the domed sapphire here is a statement: it fuses with the rounded geometry of its polished steel case and curved lugs to create a sculptural series of planes out of very minimal, basic formal elements. The thin, ridged bezel makes the case diameter’s 38mm wear slightly larger for a more contemporary feel, too, but the more vintage-style dress watch size also makes it ideal for fitting under a shirt’s cuff.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

The movement powering the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition is Oris’ 733 caliber – essentially a Selitta SW-200. This is a basic, albeit (I believe) high-grade, ETA-style three-hander Swiss automatic movement; its only true complication is the date function at six o’ clock. Some have complained that the price of this model isn’t justified by its common mechanism; that said, I love that it hacks and is hand windable (many similar watches don’t have these options); it also keeps absolutely rock solid time, and will be easy to service for eternity. I would love a Calatrava or Reverso, say, with a unique, high-end, in-house manufacture movement (and ideally an exhibition caseback revealing a supremely jeweled and finished engine). What I ultimately require in a mechanical dress watch, however, is that it looks great and keeps immaculate time, both of which the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition watch handles with virtuoso ease. But where it truly ascends to the first chair is its superlative Jörg Bader strap.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

Fans of Christopher Ward timepieces already know about the innovative “Bader buckle” – a deployant that innovatively tucks under like a traditional buckle, yet provides an even cleaner line and perfectly adjusted fit. It’s a little fiddly when you first try to set it up, but once you figure it out, you realize you are wearing a true advance in the deployant strap realm (in truth, it will be hard for me to go back to a regular deployant after experiencing the genius ergonomics of the “Bader buckle”). The strap is also made of the finest leather I’ve come upon on a watch in some time: just firm enough, but with a surprisingly supple feel on the outside and a comfy, padded suede on the inside. This awesome strap truly pushes the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition over into pure luxury. It also is but one of many details in the execution of this watch that justify the price.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

Ah, yes – the price. Some have complained about the cost of the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition considering what you get – but I have a feeling those people will quiet down if/when they actually experience the Bader strap, as well as see how perfectly the dial sits on almost any-sized wrist (at least a healthy multitude of them). Yes, there are other offerings out there with a similar aesthetic. I think the Hamilton Intra-Matic (reviewed here) is one of the greatest retro-styled watches out there, for example, as well as an excellent value: it has a similar movement, and can be had for around half the price (with a sapphire exhibition casebook to boot). The Intra-Matic, however, doesn’t have the amazing Bader strap and other fine finishing aspects and details that set off the Oris John Coltrane; with no seconds hand, the Intra-Matic is also more aggressively vintage-styled, making it more of a novelty and less of an exact comparison.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

Conversely, the similarly priced Junghans Max Bill model authentically exudes the same sort of ‘50s-‘60s Bauhaus vibe, but its Miyota movement is not as distinguished as the Selitta in my opinion, and the strap isn’t in the same league (although it does have a wonderful sapphire caseback). Another possibility, IWC’s entry-level Portofino, costs a few thousand more than the Oris Coltrane, but with similar self-winding three-hander guts and look. NOMOS offers an authentic, if sometimes divisive “International Style” design, along with innovative in-house movements – but at a couple big bills more than the Oris, and certainly without any jazz! Among the Oris John Coltrane’s small but distinguished cadre of jazz-themed peers, I absolutely adore the Vulcain Herbie Hancock special edition, with its staggeringly beautiful dial; but with its famous in-house “Cricket” movement and precious-material options, the Vulcain ends up (deservedly) at another whole price-point jump – or two – more. If I could, I’d simply have both and start a jazz-oriented micro-collection among my watches!

Basically, when a watch of a certain style is mechanically the same across a swath of brands, it’s what the individual brand does with the execution that makes it stand apart. The Oris John Coltrane doesn’t take giant steps, but it chooses the ones it does make carefully, and then refines them to their essence – so subtly that you don’t realize what’s special about it right off the bat until you actually wear it. There is so much narrative cleverly integrated into the watch’s conception and design: that, realized with a sophisticated palette of minimal abstraction, is what you’re paying for here. What’s luxurious about this is that there simply is nothing “extra” about this watch. That’s not to mention its versatility.

2014’s Best Watch Tribute To A Jazz Legend: Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition Review Wrist Time Reviews

This works as a watch with or without knowing the Coltrane association is there, which is to my mind the best kind of tribute timepiece: timeless – like much of Coltrane’s music has proven. In total, the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition manages to effortlessly appear elegant, innovative, historically referential, and decidedly modern – but like its namesake, avoids falling into academic classicism to become its own unique expression. After taking it all in, above all, I just love the Oris John Coltrane Limited Edition supremely among its ilk. In its silent way, it just may be the rebirth of the cool… List price is $2,220, although it can, of course, be found significantly below that… oris.ch

Necessary Data
>Brand: Oris
>Model: John Coltrane Limited Edition reference 01 733 7681 4084-Set LS
>Price: $2,220 USD
>Size: 38mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes. Constantly. A burly martial-arts expert will need to be sent to pry/karate chop it off my wrist…
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: A jazz fan, obviously; a watch enthusiast who prefers his/her Bauhaus influenced, “less-is-more,” retro-style timepieces powered with a little soul, too.
>Best characteristic of watch: Minimal yet sophisticated design. Cleverly, subtly references its titular inspiration. Case concept/finishing punches above its weight. Hacking movement! Date wheel that matches the dial! All that, plus perhaps the best, most innovative deployant strap I’ve ever worn. Did I mention the date wheel?
>Worst characteristic of watch: Some have noted they’d be more interested in the Oris John Coltrane if it offered an in-house movement.

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  • Oelholm

    All that talk about the price made me think that it was much more expensive than it was! Nice review, the enthusiasm of the reviewer really spills over into the text.

  • 5803822

    Post Christmas fatigue setting in , feeling knackered   what’s on offer to day, a long, looooooooooooog. spiel…………ah  yes’ a two hand OOOOOORis…………  uummm …………….ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • WimadS

    I love it! A domed crystal always peaks my interest somehow, and combined with having all the details on the dial right, it is an absolutely stunning watch!

  • thefinalmonster

    Nice! Here is what really makes this watch: the black date window. Such a small detail, such a powerful impact. It’s a jazz musician wearing a black suit with a black tie.

  • 5803822 If it helps, the watch is actually a 3-hander.

  • Lovely. Its so sober and understated, one wonder how it can actually be paying tribute to a person like Coltrane, but whatever, its a great watch. Well stated, nicely proportoned (would prefer a 40mm case though) including the handset, and the dash of blue in the minute track is perfect. Swap out the Coltrane caseback for a sapphire one and make this part of a regular release for the brand, it’s one of their best looking watches.

  • thornwood36

    Is it me ?, am not getting it. Sure, its a smart gentleman’s watch nice n clear and uncluttered, but why has it been linked to this jazz guy ive never heard of. There is nothing on the watch face would make it stand out as limited. Why not some saxophone or musical notes etched on the face. As a tribute watch its super boring, but i would wear it.

  • TheTrueLegendIs

    aBlogtoWatch The True Legend Is D3ADL3G3ND !!

  • Humafred

    aBlogtoWatch Si j’avais de quoi, j’en offrirais une à FernandRaynaud

  • JosephW

    I love it. I truly do. I agree with SuperStrapper, give it an exhibition caseback and just produce it.

  • thefinalmonster

    It must be you. Have you really not heard of John Coltrane?
    I so want to wear this watch and listen to his music right now.

  • Jimxxx

    Never heard of John Coltrane?! Jeez… A pot of yogurt has more culture than you!

  • 5803822

    $2000 plus for a $275 Selitta??? – U must be *******g joking  — jazzy ? don’t see any real connection – inspired ? hardly –  clever/novel ? definitely not – would I wear one ? only if wanted a 1930’s look and thats about the last thing anyone would want.

  • Jimxxx

    Agreed, 40mm would have been ideal.

  • PaulMiller1997

    This is a gorgeous watch. I love everything about the case, the crystal, the dial, and the way all these elements come together in a smoothly unified whole — particularly as visible in the profile shot. These things justify the price, particularly when you consider the pricing of many other non-in-house watches out there (Bremont, anyone?). The high-end leather band and clasp add further value. Not every watch is always about the movement and this price is about the movement, and anyway this whole in-house thing is quite a recent thing; in the traditional era even the most expensive watches had third-party movements more often than not. It’s a particularly nice touch that it has a steel back – completes the traditional feel. If I were in the market for a watch right now, I’d have already ordered this one.

  • thornwood36

    Jimxxx

    Oh my how frightfully judgmental.. It’s just not my type of music. Ask me anything about Streisand  :  )

  • FernandRaynaud

    Humafred Merci, c’est l’intention qui compte, mes Richard Millet tournent bien. aBlogtoWatch

  • PaulMiller1997

    WimadS Piques. Piques your interest.

  • MisterDeal

    5803822 Let’s deconstruct this analysis systematically. 
    1) $2,000 is list – price can often be found closer to $1,000-$1,300, pretty much like all watches of its type. So, $275 Selitta + $250 Jorg Bader band + limited edition (priceless) + superlative dial work details found typically on more expensive watches (blue track, matching date window, etc.) (priceless) + domed sapphire crystal (expensive part) + exquisite case/finish (priceless) + reputable brand with following & pretty good resale interest = a pretty good deal, right on the money!

    2) Not a lot of 38mm watches in the 1930s – not a lot of this type in the ’60s & ’70s! That’s a fairly modern case size for a dress-type watch. I think it’s a nice compromise – if you want bigger, there’s always a 42mm Intra-Matic…

  • MisterDeal

    thornwood36 Jimxxx I am scared of your musical notes/microphone emblazoned Streisand limited edition timepiece… But also amused.

  • MisterDeal

    SuperStrapper I agree re: your thoughts on making this a regular Oris offering. Yep, put a wonderful sapphire caseback on it & call it the Oris Supreme Classic! I would just make all the rubies in the movement blue, and you could have some fun with the rotor finish too…

    As well, I think offering a 38mm & 40mm option (like Intra-Matic does, and Tudor Style) would be smart – would make it a really versatile choice for different wrists/tastes. May be splitting hairs, but  I would also be curious to see how a 39mm diameter (not including crown) would work (could be just right, in fact – not too big/sporty, not too small I am guessing). 
    It may also hurt readability – and may be muddying up what is basically perfect with an unnecessary addition – but I’d also be curious to see what a blued second hand would look like (or blued minute/hour hands, too – I am a glutton for properly blued hands). I would pay $60 more for that! Really, if any/ of these options were explored, I think Oris would have the best entry-level dress watch out there – and really, there aren’t a lot of interesting ones; they could own the market.

    Oris R&D, the people have spoken!

  • MisterDeal

    thefinalmonster Beautiful, apt metaphor.

  • MisterDeal

    Oelholm The “actual” price is pretty reasonable IMHO…

  • Jimxxx

    Luckily I know who she is:)

  • WimadS

    PaulMiller1997 WimadS Haha thanks. No native English speaker 😉

  • Lqdbreakz

    I absolutely love this piece. I love how its sober design screams versatility. I can’t think of many scenarios where one wouldn’t be able to pull this off. I agree with what most others have said in regards to the watch being a limited edition. While I respect John Coltrane immensely, I do wish that they would release this piece as a non LE. I think Oris could sell these all day in the $1,500-$1,800 range if it weren’t a LE. Imagine them offering this same piece in a non LE series with a white or gray minute track and the exhibition caseback. Strap possibilities would literally be endless, and it would be a huge contender with many in the daily wear segment. kudos to Oris on this one.

  • WimadS

    MisterDeal 5803822 I must say, I have seen a 42mm intramatic in real life and I think it is too big for the style of watch. It just seems a bit out of proportion. Its 38mm brother is much more balanced. And it doesn’t look that small because of the small bezel, which I figure would be the same for this Oris watch.

  • MisterDeal

    WimadS MisterDeal 5803822 I agree – the thin bezel on the Intra-Matic makes it look huge! And 38mm is really correct for this watch, and wears fine/somewhat bigger.  Still, I think there’s a market for a 40mm version, even if I didn’t wear it. And 40mm would definitely be a better choice than 42mm like the Hamilton!

  • WimadS

    MisterDeal WimadS 5803822 There is a market for it for sure! And maybe 40 mm is still within proportion for this watch. The hamilton is quite some bit thinner, which is also a factor that makes the 42mm version look out of proportion.

  • MisterDeal

    WimadS MisterDeal 5803822 While I often prefer a little smaller on dress watches, 40mm-ish works well for these somewhat similar Omega models:

    http://ablogtowatch.com/omega-seamaster-aqua-terra-master-co-axial-watches-hands/

    The Oris I think might work nicely at 40mm, especially on some wrists. The thickness of the Oris case is just perfect, too IMHO. Not too dainty, but still vintage-ish.

  • WimadS

    MisterDeal WimadS 5803822 The omega has a much sportier look due to the lugs. Don’t think I would compare them. I might even like that omega better in 42mm 😉
    But I agree that the oris might work in 40mm as well. I guess I would need to see it on the wrist to judge. (wishful thinking…)

  • PaulMiller1997

    MisterDeal 5803822 Thanks to @MisterDeal for making the point about size. It crossed my mind but I didn’t because I’ve sort of resigned myself to a world that — very mistakenly — thinks 38mm is traditional. Now I don’t feel so alone! In the 30’s, a watch of this genre would have been around 34mm, maybe even less. And if Oris were to issue it today in 34mm or 35mm I’d buy it immediately, at twice the price, and whether or not I was in the market for another watch. The case, especially in combination with the crystal, is just so gorgeous. But a 38mm watch is just too big for my personal taste. I (Currently I have a 35mm Nomos on my wrist, as I do most days.)

  • MisterDeal

    WimadS MisterDeal 5803822 Good point about the lugs. Although in person the Omega is kind of amazing – it works as a dressier watch (on leather especially) & as a sportier choice. And careful about trying the Oris on – I have a feeling you’ll walk out wearing it regardless of what your bank account/credit card can handle!

  • WimadS

    MisterDeal WimadS 5803822 Lol I wish… sadly i don;t even have enough money on my bank account to make that mistake.

  • MisterDeal

    PaulMiller1997 MisterDeal 5803822 Ha! I am definitely not a “size queen”! I think history has proven that, depending on the individual wrist, the classic sizes for dress watches that work are 34mm. There are exceptions around 39mm-40mm, but they are relatively few. As for the Oris Coltrane, because of the thin bezel/clean face it wears deceptively well on a variety of wrists – you’d be surprised; it’s a bit chameleonic! I tried on a 38mm Tudor Style recently, too, and it wore smaller/bigger on different wrists as well. I think it is the clean minimal styling – a lot of times busier dials/bezels/crowns make a watch seem bigger regardless of size.

    Apropos to conversation: for Xmas I got my Dad an Orient Star Classic which is 38mm and he never wears anything above 34mm – and it looks great!

  • MisterDeal

    WimadS MisterDeal 5803822 I feel your pain! I warn you only thus: exposure to this watch can induce a state of mind that recalls a note Brando/Kurtz wrote to his superiors in “Apocalypse Now”: “Sell the house, sell the wife, sell the kids!”

  • WimadS

    MisterDeal PaulMiller1997 5803822 Nice present! Very similar watch to this Oris and only 10% of the price 🙂 I considered it for a personal christmas present as well, but ended up with a new old stock Seagull st5. No regrets 🙂

  • MisterDeal

    WimadS MisterDeal PaulMiller1997 5803822 More like 1/3 the price, but very nice deal/value nonetheless! I am coveting my father’s actually, rather seriously… That power reserve… Nice one on the st5!!! Happy holidays!

  • WimadS

    MisterDeal WimadS PaulMiller1997 5803822 oh lol, you’re right. I confused it with the bambino 😉

  • MisterDeal

    PaulMiller1997 MisterDeal 5803822 I’ve been mulling your response – it has stuck in my head. I’ve figured out the solution! I think you do a “unisex” 35-36mm version (IWC has been doing this with some models lately), & then a more male-directed 38mm & 40mm version. I think this is the kind of watch would appeal to women, both on their wrists & on men’s.

    I really like the idea of a white track on the dial with heat-blued second hand and sapphire case back… A gray/dark gray dial would be nice, too, as would a blue one. A lot of ways to go here! A man can dream…

  • MisterDeal

    WimadS MisterDeal PaulMiller1997 5803822 Bambino also a great watch & a classic (especially the white face and the current version with roman numerals).

  • Dan A

    Wow. I don’t know anything about jazz but I REALLY like this watch, it’s just gorgeous. Non-matching date wheels bug the heck out of me, so that feature alone helps justify the price (which isn’t that unreasonable, really) plus the strap, which I have on an Oris Artilier and got spoiled by.

  • MisterDeal

    WimadS MisterDeal PaulMiller1997 5803822 I meant to say 34mm – 38mm, not just 34mm. I am not turning down a 34-36mm Datejust anytime soon if it floated through the sky onto my wrist on account of size…

  • MisterDeal

    Dan A Strap is just beyond next level. There will be a moment sooner rather than later where Jorg Bader straps will just be expected & watches that don’t have them will be looked down upon… Okay, that’s a little extreme, but it is a new age! 🙂

  • joshgraves

    Love the crystal and that the date is color matched, but I wish the skipped the date altogether.  Perhaps a small seconds instead?

  • spiceballs

    Wow a lot of words but I like the watch & strap which are very much to my taste, for a dress watch. But can’t help wondering if an oval date opening would have worked better  – – ?

  • Time2Go

    And the award for Most Passionate Review of 2014 goes to….. MisterDeal!

    I’m not personally that crazy about this watch – I feel like the tribute aspect is just too subtle – but I appreciate your passion…really!  And I’m totally with you on the Vulcain Herbie Hancock – beautiful!

    Anyway, nice review!

  • dahcd

    As  a jazz saxophone player myself this is a bad tribute to a great tenor saxophonist.
    Oris could of embossed a tenor saxophone on the dial with his face in the back ground,
    or put it on the case back like Omega did with the seamaster, and used a better movement.

  • thefinalmonster

    dahcd  I see how tastes are different. Some people want a tribute watch to be more literal and make an unmistakeable statement. 
    Others prefer a more abstract tribute, in the in the spirit of “this is how we felt when we were designing this watch”.
    I’m in the latter camp, but there is no right or wrong here.

  • donovanbailey

    StuartMcMillan1 TrackRose 16vdp 42 or 44 would b nice.

  • TrackRose

    StuartMcMillan1 donovanbailey don’t see the connecting to Trane, but I’m hammered. Happy Nye to my lifelong friends Stu and Donovan

  • TrackRose

    StuartMcMillan1 happy new year my P. D, got your message an hour ago. I’m in a club. Will call outside. Glad you’re with Rick. Much love

  • StuartMcMillan1
  • TrackRose

    StuartMcMillan1 you too my p

  • Hay

    capttaco BenjaminBrooks Oooh, the Coltrane is very cool.

  • capttaco

    Hay BenjaminBrooks Yeah, it’s on my ever growing list for my first $2k watch.

  • BenjaminBrooks

    capttaco Hay Have you seen the Rolex Daytona? http://www.watchcentre.com/lg_images/01121006%5B0%5D.jpg

  • capttaco

    BenjaminBrooks Hay That’s a swell looking watch, but my first chronograph is gonna be a speedmaster.

  • Hay

    BenjaminBrooks capttaco The Daytona is interesting, for sure. There are so many variations. Maybe. Maybe.

  • Hay

    BenjaminBrooks capttaco Like this one, for example, a completely different take on it http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2009/3/11/1965-rolex-daytona-for-the-peruvian-air-force-an-alternative.html

  • Hay
  • PolygonSandwich

    Hay capttaco BenjaminBrooks Good god, this conversation is expensive

  • capttaco

    Hay BenjaminBrooks Beautiful. The speedmaster is such a lovely timepiece.

  • Hay

    PolygonSandwich capttaco BenjaminBrooks hahaha … all of my contributions cost less than a Mac Pro and will last 10x as long.

  • PolygonSandwich

    Hay capttaco BenjaminBrooks I can make a living with a computer 😉

  • Hay

    PolygonSandwich Or, you could sell it and have a cool watch.
    capttaco BenjaminBrooks

  • PolygonSandwich

    Hay capttaco BenjaminBrooks 10/10 i concede

  • Hay

    PolygonSandwich capttaco BenjaminBrooks I love browsing here ( http://www.matthewbaininc.com/vintage-watches/ ) some designs never go out of style

  • PolygonSandwich

    Hay capttaco BenjaminBrooks I was shopping for VESA mounts and cable clips all day, so this is a nice breath of pretty things

  • Hay

    PolygonSandwich mostly. mostly.
    Zenith Diver “Big Lemon” not withstanding
    capttaco BenjaminBrooks

  • BenjaminBrooks

    Hay PolygonSandwich capttaco this one is cheaper and is currently at the top of my list, so simple: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015LI6BI/

  • Hay

    BenjaminBrooks great choice.
    Have you seen these? ( http://www.stowa.de/lshop,showdetail,14201676179699,en,1420167659-9786,antea,antea390a10,4,Tshowrub–antea,.htm )
    PolygonSandwich capttaco

  • capttaco

    Hay BenjaminBrooks Mike beat me to it. The Stowa’s have better movements and are made upon order.

  • BenjaminBrooks

    capttaco Hay yeah the Stowas are nice but I can’t find a face I like as much as that Max Bill face.

  • capttaco

    BenjaminBrooks Hay Ah, the face Mike linked is my favorite from them.

  • Hay

    BenjaminBrooks capttaco I recommend WatchBuys ( http://www.watchbuys.com/store/pc/maxbillwatches.asp ) when you’re ready to purchase. Great service.

  • BenjaminBrooks

    Hay capttaco Nice, thanks.

  • _adithyas

    capttaco Hay BenjaminBrooks Don’t you find the dials a little ostentatious? I prefer simplicity with an subdued sense of craftsmanship.

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  • capttaco

    _adithyas Hay BenjaminBrooks I don’t, no. Those dials served a purpose and when consider the function, the design is really sublime.

  • thebalancecock

    I’d like to give an “acknowledgement” of the “blue train” track. “one of my favorite things”… this represents “giant steps” forward for Oris.

  • egznyc

    I really think they got the dial right here. It truly is beautiful – very dignified but not boring at all.

  • egznyc

    It truly is a beautiful dial – very dignified but not boring at all.

  • DG Cayse

    In the words of the poet:

    “Mama likes Coltrane”
    “Daddy likes Miles”

    Nice watch.

  • PascalLeers

    I really like the look of that watch. But 2.200 dollar. ? Really ?

  • hatster

    Looks a lot like a Junghans, only the Oris has tougher glass.

  • MisterDeal

    I forgot to mention in my review: setting the date on the Oris John Coltrane is an absolute pleasure. It charmingly moves right to left, and the action via the crown is so smooth & satisfying. Perhaps this is just standard with this movement, but the execution here is quite elegant. Again, another subtle detail that makes this watch so much more than the sum of its parts!

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