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ORIS IS A SWISS MANUFACTURER OF EXCLUSIVELY MECHANICAL WATCHES THAT PUNCHES WELL ABOVE ITS WEIGHT IN TERMS OF VALUE, QUALITY AND SOUL. ORIS ALSO HAS A LEGITIMATE CONNECTION TO AUSTRALIA THROUGH A NUMBER OF LIMITED EDITON WATCHES, RELEASED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AUSTRALIAN FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE AND THE AUSTRALIAN MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY.

MY WATCH STORY: Alan’s Oris Carl Brashear

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A little while ago, we ran our annual reader survey, giving entrants the chance to walk away with an Oris timepiece – a choice between the limited edition bronze Carl Brashear Divers Sixty-Five and a Divers Sixty-Five in steel. The lucky winner was Alan from Sydney, who chose the mighty bronze Carl Brashear. (Interestingly enough, an Alan won in 2015 too, but they definitely aren’t the same Alan, and don’t feel that if your name isn’t Alan there’s no point entering our competitions. We love all Alans and non-Alans equally.) After spending the past few weeks weeping tears of sadness and regret that we no longer have the unmitigated joy of this bronze beauty in our life, we thought it appropriate to see how Carl is doing in his new home. Congratulations again, Alan! So, you’ve had the watch for just over a month now. How’s it going? Really great! I try to find as many reasons as possible to wear it, and it’s become my weekender for the most part and a staple for my casual Fridays at work. What were your thoughts when it arrived?  Just WOW! I was very impressed by the box and it was quite the experience from… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: Bronze beauty – the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition

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The story in a second From the bright and shiny press pics, to the patinated reality, the bronze Carl Brashear from Oris is one of the buzziest watches released this year. We had thought, towards late 2015, that the watch world had reached peak bronze. The uncommon material, pioneered by Panerai and Anonimo seemed to be everywhere – from dive watches to pilots. Well, we got that one wrong. The bronze age continues unabated, with two premier dive watch releases: the bronze evolution of Tudor’s Black Bay, and this limited edition take on the Divers Sixty-Five, the Carl Brashear Limited Edition. Both are variations on a theme – a 40-odd-millimetre diver with a heritage twist. But for all the similarities it’s remarkable how different these two pieces look – the Tudor is brawny, while the Oris is beautiful. Inspired by the story of Carl Brashear, the US naval diver famously portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jnr in Men of Honor, this is a textbook example of what a well-done limited edition looks like. The case This watch is almost identical to the 42mm steel Divers Sixty-Five – except, of course, for the case. And what a difference that makes. But before we… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: Is this the best heritage watch of 2016? The Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42mm

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Story in a second No risk of second-album syndrome here – this slightly larger take on the Divers Sixty-Five is a worthy, if slightly more mainstream, follow-up to the original release. There must be something good in the water at Hölstein, because Oris has been on fire lately. The 100% mechanical brand has always had a solid following thanks to its no-fuss divers and pilots pieces, but even though the watches represent excellent bang for buck, they’ve always been a little under the radar. That changed last year with the release of the original Divers Sixty-Five, a pitch-perfect reissue that hit all the right notes. Well, Oris has been busy making hay while the sun shines. There are now several new dial versions of the original model, as well as a 42mm limited edition bronze piece, which we’ll be tackling in-depth next week. Today, though, we’re focusing on the new steel 42mm version. The case To be honest, I was quite surprised (and pleased) that Oris kept the original at 40mm, as is only appropriate for such a vintage-feeling watch, but many people wanted it to be a little larger. Well, ask and Oris delivers, with this case bumped up to 42mm, giving… Read More

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MY WATCH STORY: Alan’s Oris Carl Brashear

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A little while ago, we ran our annual reader survey, giving entrants the chance to walk away with an Oris timepiece – a choice between the limited edition bronze Carl Brashear Divers Sixty-Five and a Divers Sixty-Five in steel. The lucky winner was Alan from Sydney, who chose the mighty bronze Carl Brashear. (Interestingly enough, an Alan won in 2015 too, but they definitely aren’t the same Alan, and don’t feel that if your name isn’t Alan there’s no point entering our competitions. We love all Alans and non-Alans equally.) After spending the past few weeks weeping tears of sadness and regret that we no longer have the unmitigated joy of this bronze beauty in our life, we thought it appropriate to see how Carl is doing in his new home. Congratulations again, Alan! So, you’ve had the watch for just over a month now. How’s it going? Really great! I try to find as many reasons as possible to wear it, and it’s become my weekender for the most part and a staple for my casual Fridays at work. What were your thoughts when it arrived?  Just WOW! I was very impressed by the box and it was quite the experience from… Read More

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VIDEO: How bad is the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef coral? How good is the Oris Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition? Watch this video now…

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Watches are all about timing and so are watch launches. When Oris Australia announced that they would launch their new Great Barrier Reef II model on a boat actually floating above the Great Barrier Reef, the area was already in the news. A gaffe by a politician who downplayed the significance of the worst coral bleaching event the reef has undergone in the last 15 years – with 95 per cent of the northern section of the reef experiencing severe bleaching – sent mainstream media outlets into overdrive. Ash (our intrepid cameraman for this mission) and I boarded a plane right at the peak of this news cycle. We were headed for Port Douglas, a tropical part of Australia that is popular with overseas tourists and sun starved southern Aussies for its warm climes, jewel green seas and for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. When we arrived there we were given the chance to tell not just the story of this sparkling new ‘Day-Date Diver’ Limited Edition for Oris, the Great Barrier Reef II, but also to speak to the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) about the bleaching on camera. It was a sobering, uplifting, incredible couple of days.  We were… Read More

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EVENT: Oris launch the Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition in paradise with the inspiring people who are trying to save it

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Oris’ tagline is ‘real watches for real people’, and it extended to the event on the Great Barrier Reef to launch their sparkling new Limited Edition, the Great Barrier Reef II. This was a real experience on the reef, with a real conservation message, delivered by an Australian brand manager who will never be accused of not keeping it real – mostly thanks to his raging passion for Oris – Peter Borghouts. Meet the  The Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition Peter loves Oris and Peter loves Australia. He’s found a way to combine his two obsessions three times in recent years, to great effect. Both in terms of sales (the first version of the Great Barrier Reef, released in 2009, sold out in three hours) and in the way that each watch meaningfully reflects Australia in design nuances. These are not minor mods like a different coloured seconds hand, or a logo on the dial. These thoughtful and frankly cool features are significant additions, such as the new representation of the day on a day-date model. The Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition is a shining drop of the reef on your wrist Elsewhere on the big 46mm timepiece it’s the shimmering… Read More

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MY WATCH STORY: Ian’s Oris Twin Date

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Your name: Ian Your watch: Oris 1970s “Twin Date” What’s the story behind this watch? Over the last few years I’ve developed a strong affinity with Oris – what’s not to like in an independent Swiss company that only produces mechanical watches that are relatively attainable despite a high level of quality? Last year I picked up an Oris Aquis and fell in love with it – so much so that I decided to start looking into older models to add to the collection. I stumbled upon ’60s and ’70s hand-wound models that were larger than most of their contemporaries, were quite affordable and had some style to them. Doing some research on the movements I found an interesting story. The Calibre 718 movement in this watch is a pin lever escapement. These are generally looked down on as they were more affordable and had a tendency to wear out faster due to the lack of jewels on pallet. While this is true, Oris managed to develop the design over the years to become one of the best pin levers available – increasing to 17 jewels, adding a moveable stud carrier, incorporating KIF shock protection and even being able to… Read More

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