The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is the brand’s longest-serving design and iconic watch since its initial production in 1938. As the name suggests the watch featured an oversize crown, along with a red crescent-tipped pointer date hand and fluted bezel. These elements are what made the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date a signature ageless design.
Now for 2022, Oris is releasing the iconic Big Crown Pointer Date in full bronze. This isn’t the first model that’s been done in full Bronze. Back in 2020 Oris released the Hölstein Edition 2020, which was the first-ever Oris model to be donned in full bronze, from the case, bezel, crown down to the bracelet. Then in 2021 Oris unveiled the Divers Sixty-Five “Cotton Candy”. This unisex model was the second to be given the full bronze treatment.
Now, for the third time, one of the most iconic models finally gets the much-deserved bronze treatment.
The 40mm multi-piece case along with bezel, crown, and the impressive articulated bracelet have all been donned in bronze. Oris states that for the bracelet “developing a bracelet with this level of detail in bronze, a more malleable material than steel, required significant research and development by Oris’s in-house team of engineers.”
The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Bronze is offered in four different dial colour variants. From a rich green to a brown that closely matches the bronze, to a beautiful Bordeaux and a navy-like blue. All these colours compliment the bronze of the watch very nicely, but the stand-out ones have to be blue and green. The Bordeaux has its own appeal, and certainly, if you are a fan of red dials this will surely make the list. The brown is the more understated of the 4 colour variants, so if what you want is for the bracelet and case to do all the talking then this is the colour choice.
The movement inside these models is the Oris 754 calibre. This automatic movement powers the normal time function while also powering the date centre hand, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device, and also stop-second. The movement operates at a frequency of 4Hz (28’800 VpH).
Bronze as we can see already is a special colour to Oris, as it captures the independent company’s industrial roots, which go all the way back to 1904. The beautiful thing about bronze is that it patinates over time, which makes each individual watch differ from each other over time as well. Now, one of Oris’s most iconic timepieces gets the full bronze treatment, with a variety of dial colours to suit different tastes.