By Nancy Olson
Anyone who knows Oris knows the flagship Big Crown Pointer Date, with its oversized crown and prominent crescent-tipped central date indicator. It’s been in continuous production since 1938, first created by the Holstein-based brand for glove-wearing aviators who appreciated its user-friendly attributes.
The Big Crown has had a variety of incarnations over the years, in varying sizes and materials. Notably, in 2018 on the 80th anniversary of its debut it was introduced in a 40mm commemorative edition with a bronze case and fitted on a leather strap.
Bronze is once again the metal of choice for the newest Big Crown, this time—and for the first time—with a bronze bracelet and clasp, in addition to its case, fluted bezel and security crown.
The 40mm Big Crown Pointer Date Bronze collection includes four dial colors, visible beneath the watch’s domed sapphire glass—green, brown, Bordeaux and blue—and each lends a distinctly vintage-y vibe to the watch’s already-retro look. The printed Arabic numerals and indices feature SuperLumiNova, and the pointer date offers a familiar pop of red.
Inside beats the automatic Oris Caliber 754 (based on the Sellita SW200-1), as seen in earlier Big Crown iterations. It, and its signature red-lacquer rotor, may be seen through the transparent screw-in caseback. Its functions include hours, minutes, seconds and date.
The seven-link brushed bracelet has a folding clasp, while the sustainably sourced brown leather strap option has a pin buckle.
I like both options, but if you’re going for the bronze, I say go big.
Oris maintains its reputation for producing affordable, well-made watches. The Big Crown Pointer Date Bronze on a bracelet is priced at $2,600, while the leather-strap version is $2,100.