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Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

The pointer date complication probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one considers Swiss independent Oris, but it is arguably one of the brand’s most important collections – which is why Oris is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its first Pointer Date watch introduced in 1938 with a very special Big Crown bronze edition. Being a significant anniversary year also explains why we’ve seen so many different Pointer Date variants already this year, including bronze and stainless steel editions commemorating various partnerships, like the recent gilt-dial version for the Movember foundation.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

Before we get too deep into the watch itself, it’s worth pointing out that the pointer is actually the original expression of a date complication on a wristwatch. It was invented and quickly patented by watchmaker A. Hammerly from La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1915, who would also shortly thereafter patent the traditional recessed rotating date disc displayed through an aperture in the dial most commonly used today. A little over 20 years later, Oris would introduce its first watch using the complication, kicking off 80 years of constant production, and a lasting collection that would prove to outlive even the quartz crisis.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

History notwithstanding, the Oris Pointer Date seems to also have struck a chord with the modern purist who demands dial symmetry but isn’t quite ready to totally relinquish the undeniable convenience of a date display. This particular Oris Big Crown Pointer Date differs slightly from the version we first saw introduced at Baselworld earlier this year – a 36mm bronze Pointer Date with a milky green dial. That particular release was somewhat significant as it marked the first time Oris made a bronze case available in a non-limited release, and the 80th Anniversary appears to continue that non-limited trend, but with a new British racing matte green dial, a red-tipped date indicator, and a slightly larger 40mm case; the latter of which should appease anyone (*slowly raises hand*) who thought 36mm was just a few hairs too small.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

While most brands have been content to release only one or two watches to earn a participation medal in the recent bronze boom, Oris has widely deployed the alloy in multiple forms across multiple collections, starting with its wildly successful Carl Brashear 3-hand Diver 65 three years prior. Granted, the Pointer Date is far from a marine watch where bronze applications are typically found – it’s only water resistant to 50 meters, but the inevitably warm, gently worn-in bronze tones lend themselves just as nicely to vintage-style aviation watches. And since the Pointer Date follows the design codes of those early Big Crown pilot watches (many of which shared a similar gold-plated tone), the aesthetic still works really nicely here.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition Watch Watch Releases

Like the rest of the modern Pointer Date watches, the 80th Anniversary is equipped with the Oris 754 automatic movement, which uses a Sellita SW200 as its base. Nothing too out of the ordinary here – it hacks, hand-winds, and the crescent-shaped date indicator quick-adjusts just like any other date wheel. The movement itself carries a pretty standard 40 hours of power reserve and a 4Hz oscillation rate. Despite being introduced under somewhat of a special occasion, the 80th Anniversary Bronze Pointer Date doesn’t carry any pricing premium over its non-limited bronze variant. It has an asking price of $2,000 USD. Head over to oris.ch for official pricing and purchase information.

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  • egznyc

    Beautiful watch. Good size. Too bad it doesn’t get 100m WR.

    • Independent_George

      Ditto. Great price as well. Is their some technical/manufacturing/economic reason why most all Pilot-style watches are only 5 or 6 bar WR?

      • I think it’s less about a technical reason and more out of necessity – a classic pilot’s watch doesn’t really *need* to be more resistant than that. Personally, I love seeing at least 100m WR in a pilot’s watch, as it’s usually my choice for travel, which usually involves a hotel pool or quick dunk in the ocean at some point. If it’s a deal-breaker for you, Oris’ ProPilot series starts at 100m, which is great.

  • PR

    Caseback photo would’ve been nice is it bronze or SS? Article is not clear if it’s a limited edition or not and doesn’t indicate how many will be made. You bring up special editions, other LE watches but kinda skipped over this one

  • anonymous

    Why do they have to put “Big Crown” on the dial? What’s next – a description of the shape of the hands? How about:

    Big Crown
    Classic Hands
    Bronze
    Pointer Date with Red Thingy at the End

    (You could put a few more lines, but it’s best to leave it clean looking with only four.)

  • SuperStrapper

    Want.
    Needs a better strap though. Bronze likes a better contrast in that area rather than a colour as complimentary to it as this. Easily remedied.

    • JosephWelke

      Want too. Pray, what do you have in mind?

  • Best I can do is speculate, but this watch is very close to the HB-RAG limited edition from last fall, which looked a lot like this bronze version, except that one was in SS. It had a solid caseback with the aircraft’s engraving, and can only assume they’d use the same caseback again here, perhaps with a different engraving.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd827e9285273f6ff9c614d65a98a5cce230fb51858aba65ad6f64c0a63eff86.jpg

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    That green dial and bronze case sure look good together. Oris really puts out some solid products.
    The bronze keeps calling my name………..

  • Independent_George

    Agreed. Pilot’s watches are essentially sports watches, worn by men casually. If I am going to wear, say, a Portugieser, it will most always be in a more formal/dressier situation so I am not going to worry about WR. But a Pilot’s watch would be a kick-back causal, and I don’t want to have to worry about it when I am wearing it.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Are you a Rangers fan? I am not a football fan but you have made me curious.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I hate the game, it’s beyond me what people see in it. If I wore anything green I would be immediately classed a fenian. Best just keep clear of any confusion.

  • Gokart Mozart

    I wish Oris would do more of these classic and big crown models like they looked in the 80’s and 90’s, but with some of there other movements.

    Also ai know it is a design point now but I wish they would get rid of the red rotor.

    My favourite pointer date was the one that had the small seconds at 9 and the date that went round anticlockwise.

  • Ulysses31

    It’s beautiful, but what will happen to all that gorgeous gleaming bronze over time? I shudder to think.

  • Ulysses31

    It’s not that easy to polish a watch case, with lots of small details and crevices. You’d have to get it done by a professional, if you wanted it done properly.

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