Oris Calobra Limited Edition Racing Watch Hands-On

Oris Calobra Limited Edition Racing Watch Hands-On

Oris Calobra Limited Edition Racing Watch Hands On   hands on

While we are enduring fans of all things "dive + Oris", their racing-inspired watches have always been both a great deal and great looking. This new limited edition Calobra model for 2013 is a shining example of how Oris does motorsports-themed watches right. Oris isn't new to the racing watch game, and steadily offers new models each year. The sad thing about the Calobra is probably that it is limited given that this could easily be the base for a larger collection. Having said that, the Calobra is a revision of the standard Oris Artix GT Chronograph that offers much of the same appeal in a non-limited edition way.

For the most part, the Calobra Limited Edition is mostly the Artix GT chronograph with some cosmetic changes, but they are important changes in my opinion. The standard Artix GT Chronograph has quite small baton style hour markers that are applied to the dial. In my opinion they are perhaps a bit too small and throw off the balance of the design. The piece is certainly classy looking, but I feel as though it cannot decide whether it wants to be a racing watch or a casual dress watch. With the Calobra, Oris goes full throttle sport watch, and with excellent results.

Oris Calobra Limited Edition Racing Watch Hands On   hands on

Oris Calobra Limited Edition Racing Watch Hands On   hands on

The Calobra has a dial of full Arabic numerals painted with lume and accented in red. In fact, unlike the Artix GT Chronograph that has mere hints of red, the Calobra is less shy with the hue offering a bolder look that many want with a sport watch. At the same time the dial isn't overwhelmed with red, being mostly black and white. A very unique feature in the Calobra is one that most people easily miss with the first few glances. Look at the chronograph sub dials and where the "0" position is. Rather than being at 12 o'clock, the default position for the hands is at 8 o'clock. We don't know the precise reason for this, but it does add an interesting character to the piece and allows the dial to appear more interesting while the chronograph is not running.

The chronograph sub dials also feel as though they have more legibility and as always, the date window is built into the lower sub dial. To offer a cleaner look, the Artix and Calobra both have a linear style running seconds indicator, which you don't see very often. The way it works is that there is a black and red colored disc under the dial. A thin window appears to have a line of red advance as the seconds increase, and then go back to zero. It offers a nice way to view the running seconds without cluttering up the dial. Just something you rarely see, especially in watches at this price.

15 comments
nateb123
nateb123

Oris has firmly put themselves in Tag's price range while offering much more for the money.  I would take quite a few of their divers over the Aquaracers, something like this over every Carrera and that pretty much only leaves the link, which is for old farts.  Oris is doing a damn good job these days.

CG
CG

Another Oris I need to get to add to my 15 other nicely themed Orisi... greatly underrated company making usable affordable uniquely their own watches. When I ride my Thruxton I wear my Oris Flight timer on the underside of my leather jacket sleeve out. Other watch brands just don't have the style gravitas to really use with abandon.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

What a great looking watch.  The shiny black bezel with matte etchings makes the whole thing look very expensive and classy, and the linear seconds is a nice twist that makes it stand out from the crowd.  I think this brand is really underrated. 

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Nice details and design coordination. I like that they did the linear running seconds so that the SW-500/ETA-7750 normal tri-compax dial layout effectively becomes are a more symetrical bi-compax dial but still retains the running seconds.

IvanGopey
IvanGopey

That thin ceramic bezel is a thin place at whole. It will be broken in first shock. It's just glass.

hobycook
hobycook

An imitation Valjoux 7750?  Arial, when are you going to review the new Swatch Strawberry Margarita?  Seriously though, shouldn't there be a baseline standard for what gets passed off as watchmaking here? If you're putting 7750's in cases, you're a "case-maker" at best, "case-stylist" more likely, as you're probably not even making your own cases.

Hacker4748
Hacker4748

"Look at the chronograph sub dials and where the "0" position is. Rather than being at 12 o'clock, the default position for the hands is at 8 o'clock. We don't know the precise reason for this"

I'd say it's because that's where the 0 on a speedometer usually is.


"On the rear of the watch is an engraving special to this limited edition that features a view of the race."

A photo would have been nice. :-)

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

Have TAG Heuer see this watch it is very similar to some of the Carrera models even the red looks to be the same color I will have to go and see if my local oris dealer has one as they have Tag's as well it is certainly better value but still a bit pricy

I think this one will appeal to some one who would like a Daytona as it dose very sporty

LapYoda
LapYoda

@MarkCarson I like the unusual linear seconds too.  Might be hard to hack at zero, though!

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@IvanGopey Interesting observation. I can't tell for sure if the knurled periphery of the bezel is a separate metal piece of just more ceramic. If metal that might help protect the ceramic bezel. Is ceramic all that more fragile than the sapphire crystal it surrounds? Just asking, I really don't know the answer...

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@hobycook 7750 Clone is more probably more accurate than 'imitation' as Sellita does not try to pass their clones off as ETA/Valjoux movements (although they are technical twins for the most part). 

I agree with you about watchmaking and casemaking, but honestly other well known Swiss brands also use outside casemakers. It's the land of sub-suppliers and vendors to the well known brands.

Cheers

rolfstuder
rolfstuder

@MarkCarson @IvanGopey It is rubber - this gives a good grip when operating the turning bezel, and when you put down the watch on the night table there is no awful Sound.... Best regards from Hölstein!