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Oris Williams Engine Date Watch

Oris Williams Engine Date Watch Watch Releases

There is a certain balancing act that must be respected when designing a successful “automotive-themed” watch, with many examples simply falling prey to the uncanny valley of making the watch look much like a car, wheel, or gauge. With the new Oris Williams Engine Date, the brand has found an equilibrium with a legible steel sport watch that won’t look out of place in a pit lane. Oris has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Willams F1 and the new Williams Engine Date is far from their first automotive themed watch (they also work with Audi). Using the same distinctive case design established by the previous Oris Williams models, the Oris Engine Date adds some dial skeletonization and detailing to further establish a connection with automotive designs.

Oris Williams Engine Date Watch Watch Releases

Oris Williams Engine Date Watch Watch Releases

Much like the Oris Williams Day Date, the Williams Engine Date uses a 42 mm steel case with a mix of brushed and polished finishing. With an anti-reflective sapphire crystal up front and a mineral crystal display case back, the Engine Date is water resistant to 100m. Despite being automotive-themed, the dial design is legible, with large numerals at three and nine and wide luminous hands.

The skeletonization is limited to the center of the dial and the minute numerals are printed horizontally, rather than following the curve of the dial. The movement is finished with an anthracite coloring and I rather like how it integrates with the main dial. With a long minute hand and minute track on the rehaut, the proportions are strong and the design is eye catching, especially for a watch at this price point. The seconds hand and the marker beneath the date window at six are blue, a match for Williams F1’s team colors.

Oris Williams Engine Date Watch Watch Releases

Oris Williams Engine Date Watch Watch Releases

For the Williams Engine Date, the titular “engine” is Oris’ calibre 733, a modified Sellita SW200-1. With 38 hours power reserve and a beats at a 4 hz rate, this automatic movement is finished with Oris’ instantly recognizable red oscillating weight. While the SW200, which is essentially direct competition for the ETA 2824, is not a fancy movement, it is perfectly acceptable at this price point and offers excellent reliability, performance and serviceability for its cost.

Oris Williams Engine Date Watch Watch Releases

Available on either a steel bracelet or a race-ready rubber strap with folding push-button clasp, the Oris Williams Engine Date will have a price of 1,400 CHF. With a sporty race-derived design that doesn’t get in the way of its ability to be watch, the Oris Williams Engine Date offers a nicely sized interpretation of the modern automotive-themed watch. oris.ch 

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  • Dive watches don’t look like regulators or rebreathers. Why do manufacturers of “motorsport” and “pilot” watches insist on making their dials look like instrument panels on cars and planes?

    • Raymond Wilkie

      beats me as well

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      You’re right — more dive watches should take their cue from regulator gauges instead of just recycling Blancpain and Rolex watch designs from the 1950’s. That is a really good idea for once, Valannin.

      • If you really wanted to design a watch to appeal to recreational divers, the lugs should double as a bottle opener.

        • Dinkee, H. O.

          You still have a good idea with the regulator gauges styling cue. You should mark this day on your calendar. Just don’t over think it like you’re trying to.

          • Helson already tried the regulator gauge design. It didn’t go over too well. And if I wanted to appear as though I was trying too hard, I’d steal your shtick.

          • Dinkee, H. O.

            Oh, so you stole the idea then. Well, that’s that.

  • word-merchant

    Another fine example of a tiny movement in a big case. That poor old badly positioned date window… Makes me sad just to look at it.

  • Roma KLM

    Partly skeletonized dial gives rise to a sense of unfinished production.

  • rclayton

    An interesting watch from a mid-range manufacturer at what seems to be a reasonable price. Not perfect, but a welcome change from the 5,6, or even 7 figure tourbillions so often featured here.

  • Sevenmack

    Looks nice. But Oris has done much better. This isn’t even good enough.

  • Shinytoys

    A lot to like here. !! Go Oris!

  • iamcalledryan

    I like that price. Feels like it should be the hours register on that inside ring..

  • otaking241

    Nice three-dimensionality to the dial. They showed a lot of restrain by not lodging a big “12” at the top and I think it really makes for an interesting balance overall. The skeletonizing here is a bit questionable because you’re only treated to a view of a few gears that don’t feature any especially refined finishing–looks better in motion maybe?

    I really hate the lugs though. That “half-shrouded” style looks weird to start with but then they give it that unsettlingly organic curve in the middle that clashes with the clean, machine aesthetic (“engine date”?) of the rest of the watch. A more conservative approach here would probably have been preferable, especially since this style is going to limited options for swapping out the strap/bracelet.

  • cg

    Oris I’m a fan of. Have a few. They make a nice dependable watches and not highly stylized. The great thing about Oris is that they usually show up at wholesale prices in about 12 months from issue.

  • BNABOD

    not doing it for me. usually I like Oris but the Williams’ offerings over the years have left me a tad cold wanting some more. for some reason it feels bare and may be higher finishing on the movement parts shown would have helped.

  • Ulysses31

    An interesting, modern take on the traditional Oris design DNA. The skeletonisation, however, is half-assed to the point where it shouldn’t even be there. Do it right, or don’t bother. I like it but I doubt i’d choose it over one of their other offerings.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Nothing special……….moving on……..

  • A nice enough looking watch at a very fair price (especially if the 1400 CHF includes the steel bracelet). But I don’t feel the automotive connection, maybe I’m missing something here. But if you did not tell me it was a Williams Racing edition then I would not know it and would be puzzled by the name Williams by the crown. I do wish they have left out “automatic” and found a better place to put Oris (the uneven width “spokes” with the text bothers me).

    • Boogur T. Wang

      But, other than those bits, you like it?…;)

      • Yeah, I do like it. I always have a few quibbles/suggestions as you know 🙂 Even though I don’t get the racing connection, I still think it is a nice looking watch (except as noted) for a reasonable price – that makes it a rarity these days too!

        • Hacker4748

          A wheel is round, the dial is round.

          • And my favorite parts of female anatomy are round but that’s racy not racing, ha ha.

  • spiceballs

    Its OK, date’s in the right place. Legible, clean, but hour hand looks a tad short and maybe more/better lume?

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Nice introductory write-up Mr. Stacey.
    2 questions:
    Did you get any actual ‘hands on’ time with the piece?
    Is the crown screw-down or screw-in?
    Thanks.

    • At the top of the post you might notice it’s tagged (white on a red background) “WATCH RELEASES” which often indicates the information came from the brand (typically as a press release) and may not have hands-on time. A “Hands-on Review” often follows at a later date. My guess is James or another ABTW writer will get some wrist time with this watch at BaselWorld in about 2 months from now. Cheers.

  • JimBob

    Not liking the skeleton dial.

  • Michael Kinney

    Yeeesh…..

  • funNactive

    I like the semi skeletonized dial & the placement of the date & the 6.

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