Oris Watches Review: 8 Best Oris Watches For Men in 2019

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Are you wondering if a watch brand that will always leave you captivated with its innovations and inventions exist? Well, we’ve got good news for you. Oris is that watch brand.

The Oris watch brand’s collections are of high-quality and affordable. That’s not all. The brand has designed its watches to suit various needs and tastes. With this brand, it’s quite easy to get stuck wondering which watch will suit you best.

However, our Oris watches review will keep you updated and make your decision-making an easy one.

Ready? Let’s get right into it.

The brand was founded in 1904 by Paul Cattin and George Christian. The founding duos named the brand after a nearby brook in Holstein, Switzerland.

This Swiss watch brand is renowned for its use of a red winding rotor. This feature became the brand’s trademark in 2002. It’s considered a symbol of its passion for making automatic watches. If you’re also someone who loves attention, this feature will be a source of compliments and good conversations.

The brand also has a long history of making world-class watches of high precision. No doubt, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Oris Brand’s Noteworthy Watch Collections

The watch collections from this brand are of four categories. Here they are:

  • Oris Diving Watch Collection: Under this collection, there are three different categories. These categories are made up of great dive watches for all water activities. They are the Oris Prodiver, Oris Aquis and the Oris Divers.
  • Oris Culture Collection: The watches in this collection are designed with the brand’s in-house developed calibers. You’ll find a lot of classic and limited edition watches made as a tribute to many cultural influences. 
  • Oris Aviation Collection: This impressive collection. It’s got pilot watches for aviators, pilots and aeronauts. This collection has received a lot of praise from watch experts and enthusiasts alike.
  • Oris MotorSport Collection: Like the dive watches collection, this collection has four categories. They are Oris Williams FW41, Oris Artix GT, Oris Chronoris and Oris TT1. The watches from this collection are made for Motor Racing professionals.

Now let’s take a look at some of the best Oris watches for the year 2019.

Comparison Table

Product

Case diameter

Band

Water Resistance

Price

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Case diameter: 44 mm

44 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

100 meters (330 feet)

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Case diameter: 43 mm

43 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

100 meters (330 feet)

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Case diameter: 43.5 mm

43.5 mm

Band: Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Water Resistance: 300 meters (990 feet)

300 meters (990 feet)

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Case diameter: 44 mm

44 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

100 meters (330 feet)

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Case diameter: 40.5 mm

40.5 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

50 meters (165 feet)

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Case diameter: 40 mm

40 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

50 meters (165 feet)

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Case diameter: 42 mm

42 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

50 meters (165 feet)

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Case diameter: 39 mm

39 mm

Band: Leather

Leather

Water Resistance: 100 meters (330 feet)

100 meters (330 feet)

Top 10 Oris Watches Reviews

1. Oris Big Crown Propilot X Calibre 115

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 44 mm
Case Material: Titanium, exhibition case back with sapphire crystal glass.
Dial Window: Sapphire, domed on both sides, double-sided anti-reflective coating
Dial Color: Skeleton dial
Bezel Material: Titanium
Band Material & Color: Black perforated leather, titanium folding clasp
Band Width: 22 mm
Movement: In-house hand winding mechanical movement
Water Resistance: 100 m (330 feet)

First on our list is the newest timepiece to the Oris brand’s lineup. The Oris Big Crown Propilot is a gorgeous skeleton watch with the brand’s new in-house Calibre 115 movement. This movement is visible through the watch’s sapphire crystal case back.

You’ve got 240 hours [10 days] of power reserve with the movement on this watch. There’s also a power-reserve indicator that shows how much power the watch has left.

You’ll find many aviation watch aesthetics on this timepiece, but that doesn’t make it one. This is one timepiece that you’ll find quite attractive, legible and comfortable.

With its 100 meters (330 feet) water resistance, you can go swimming or take a shower without taking it off.

Oris refers to this timepiece as “pure Oris” and we agree. There are no unnecessary details or distractions.

If you’ve got an adventurous spirit and love learning about the world around you then this watch is your ideal.

PROS

  • Bold modern look.
  • It’s lightweight, thanks to the titanium.
  • Legible dial for easy readability.
  • The power reserve is up to 10 days [240 hours]

CONS

  • Some people may find it too big.

2. Oris Divers Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 43 mm
Case Material: Bronze, with a stainless steel case back
Dial Window: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Dial Color: Blue
Bezel Material: Bronze
Band Material & Color: Brown leather, bronze buckle
Band Width: 21 mm  
Movement: In-house automatic winding chronograph movement
Water Resistance: 100 m (330 feet)

Next on our list is the Oris Divers Carl Brashear Chronograph watch. This timepiece is a tribute to the first US Navy African-American amputee and master diver. The master diver’s mantra “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down” is engraved on this timepiece.

The Oris Divers Carl Brashear Chronograph is a 2,000-piece limited edition with each timepiece having its unique serial number on its stainless steel case back.

The watch’s face is deep blue… just like the ocean. With the luminous hands of this timepiece, clarity in low-light conditions is possible.

Inside the Oris Carl Brashear bronze case, runs an automatic Calibre 771 movement, with a power reserve of 48 hours. It’s water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).

The leather strap oxidizes with time and leaves a unique, attractive patina.

For a timepiece that will push you to do more and keep you motivated, here’s your winner.

PROS

  • Gorgeous, iconic dive watch.
  • Uniqueness looks offered by the bronze.
  • Lume-packed hands for visibility in the dark.

CONS

  • Only 100 Metres (330 feet) water resistance - not great for a dive watch.
  • The chronograph pushers can’t be used underwater.

3. Oris Aquis Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 43.5 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Window: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Dial Color: Gradient blue
Bezel Material: Ceramic
Band Material & Color: Silver stainless steel
Band Width: 24 mm  
Movement: In-house hand winding mechanical movement
Water Resistance: 300 m (990 feet)

From the Aquis collection comes the brand’s Ocean’s Project limited edition watch. The Great Barrier Reef watch is in partnership with the Reef Restoration Foundation that started in 2016. The Oceans project aimed at raising awareness of the threats to the health of oceans. This watch will  support the coral planting activities of Reef Restoration Foundation.

The Great Barrier Reef is a high-performance dive watch from Oris that’s water-resistant up to 300 meters (990 feet). You can dive to great depths with this timepiece.

This handsome watch that’s limited to 2,000 pieces has a shining blue bezel insert. Besides being comfortable on your wrist, this is one timepiece that you’ll be proud of.

It’s powered by an in-house automatic Calibre 743 movement. With this movement, your timepiece has a power reserve that’s up to 38 hours.

If you’ve got a soft spot for nature and want a colorful diver, then you deserve this timepiece.

PROS

  • Beautiful piece of ocean activism that you can use with pride
  • Great aesthetics with an interesting dial
  • High water resistance
  • Great value for money

CONS

  • The power reserve is only for 38 hours

4. Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 44 mm
Case Material: Black DLC plated coated titanium
Dial Window: Sapphire, domed on both sides, double-sided anti-reflective coating
Dial Color: Black
Bezel Material: Ceramic
Band Material & Color: Black leather, black DLC plated coated titanium folding clasp
Band Width: 22 mm
Movement: In-house automatic winding chronograph movement
Water Resistance: 100 m (330 feet)

The Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition is a sporty watch must-have from the Oris luxury brand. It is a limited edition watch [2,000 pieces] made to celebrate Oris partnership with Audi Sport.

The Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition features a black DLC coated titanium case and has a black dial with Lume-packed hand indicators. The chronograph has two sub-dials for continuous seconds and 30 minutes counter, and a day/date function at the 3 o’clock position. A tachymetric scale is displayed on the bezel to measure speed.

Beating inside this timepiece is the Oris Calibre 778 movement that gives you a 48-hour power reserve. The watch comes with a racing-style leather band with perforated holes.

Are you a sports guy? Great. This timepiece will help bring out your sporty side much better.

PROS

  • Unique and appealing sporty design.
  • Light-weight, makes it quite comfortable to wear.
  • Comfortable racing-style leather band.

CONS

  • Some may find the 44 mm too large.

5. Oris Artelier Jumping Hour

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40.5 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, exhibition case back with mineral glass
Dial Window: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Dial Color: Silver
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material & Color: Brown croco leather, stainless steel folding clasp
Band Width: 21 mm
Movement: In-house automatic winding movement
Water Resistance: 50 m (165 feet)

Next on our list is the Oris Artelier Jumping Hour, a new addition to the Oris Artelier collection.

You’ll notice a change every 60 minutes in the timepiece’s jumping disk through which its digital hour is seen. This uncommon complication is called “jump hours.”

This dress watch has a beautiful silver dial with a guilloché motif, which adds elegance and refinement to the timepiece. It also features a minute subdial and a partially overlapped seconds subdial.

Beating inside the Oris Artelier Jumping Hour is its automatic Calibre 917 movement that contains 31 jewels and provides a power reserve of 42 hours.

This elegant timepiece features a croco patterned leather straps. The leather straps will give you a comfortable fit.

You can wash your hands with this timepiece on or survive small rain outbursts. It’s got a water resistance that’s up to 50 meters. Don’t be tempted to have a long swim with it on.

Looking for an affordable watch from Oris that will keep you captivated each time you look at it? This is it.

PROS

  • An elegant timepiece with a refined luxurious look.
  • Uncommon "jump hours" complication.
  • Great value for the money.

CONS

  • Only 50 m (165 feet) water resistance.

6. Oris Artelier Dexter Gordon Limited Edition

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Window: Sapphire, domed on outside, anti-reflective coating inside
Dial Color: Grey
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material & Color: Brown leather, stainless steel folding clasp
Band Width: 21 mm
Movement: In-house automatic winding movement
Water Resistance: 50 m (165 feet)

The Oris Artelier Dexter Gordon is another affordable timepiece from the Oris Artelier collection. This classic dress watch was created to celebrate musical legends. It’s a limited edition of 1,000 pieces.

This timepiece pays tribute to Dexter Gordon, one of the 20th century greatest saxophonists. His nickname ’Long Tall Dexter’ is engraved on the watch’s case back without standing in the way of the overall aesthetics.

The sapphire crystal on this timepiece is quite nice, and with every other detailing makes up the wonderful profile of this watch. The timepiece has a comfortable leather strap for a great wrist presence. The sunburst dial and subtle designs all make this timepiece the ‘homage paying’ watch it is.

It’s powered by an automatic Sellita SW 200-1 movement with a winding date feature at the 6 o’clock. It has a water resistance of 50 meters (165 feet). That’s good enough to survive the rain or water splashes.

Love history and musical legends? This timepiece will be a great delight.

PROS

  • Iconic watch with great tribute designs.
  • Simple and elegant dress watch.
  • Comfortable and fits the wrist.

CONS

  • Only 50 m (165 feet) water resistance.

7. Oris Classic Date

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 40 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, exhibition case back with mineral glass
Dial Window: Flat sapphire crystal
Dial Color: Black
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material & Color: Black leather, stainless steel buckle
Band Width: 22 mm
Movement: In-house automatic winding movement
Water Resistance: 50 m (165 feet)

Looking for a classic timepiece that’s more suited for a professional setting before anything else? The Oris Classic Date Watch will make you happy.

The guilloché patterned chapter ring at this timepiece’s circumference works great with its styling. The dial is readable and visible even in low light conditions, thanks to the help of some luminous material around it.

The Oris Calibre 733 automatic movement powers the Oris Classic Date, giving the timepiece its 38-hour power reserve.

If you like a watch that keeps a low profile on the wrist, the fluid shape of this timepiece has made that possible.

You can’t go swimming with this timepiece as it’s just 50 meters (160 feet) water-resistant, although it can survive water splashes and rain.

PROS

  • Gorgeous watch suited for professional environments.
  • Beautiful dial with a guilloché patterned ring.
  • Great value for the money.

CONS

  • The sapphire crystal is not anti-reflective coated.
  • Only 50 m (165 feet) water resistance.

8. Oris Chronoris Date

FEATURES

Case Diameter: 39 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Window: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Dial Color: Black
Bezel Material: Stainless steel
Band Material & Color: Brown leather, stainless steel buckle
Band Width: 19 mm
Movement: In-house automatic winding movement
Water Resistance: 100 m (330 feet)

We’re wrapping up with the Oris ChronOris Date Watch, a racing-inspired timepiece from the 1970s.

The black dial on this timepiece comes with orange accents that you’ll find sharp looking. The dial is quite legible, maintaining its sporty, racing look.

The Oris ChronOris Date is powered by an Oris Caliber 733 automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours.

The crowns are of different shapes. One has got fine groves while the other is knurled enough for a good grip. Without looking at your watch, you’ll be able to tell which it is you’re manipulating.

You can go for a swim with this timepiece as long as it doesn’t exceed 100 meters (330 feet).

Looking for a recreated racing watch that’s highly functional and legible? Want a watch with a vintage feel and look? This is the one.

PROS

  • A tasteful timepiece with a great heritage.
  • Highly legible and functional.
  • Affordable.

CONS

  • Distortion at the watch’s edge causes a reflection in the watch’s face.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Oris Watches of Good Quality?

Yes, they are. Oris watches are built to last and are of high quality. You’ll likely come across many watch lovers that will compare the watch brand with others like Longines and TAG Heuer. The only difference? They’re more affordable.

The Oris brand is one of the few Swiss watch brands that are solely into the making of automatic watches. The red winding motor of the brand’s watches sets them apart.

As a Swiss watch brand, you can rest assured of the brand’s high manufacturing standards.

Are Oris Watches Worth The Money?

For a timepiece to be worth its money, it means it’s also a good investment. So, our answer is… Yes.

What you get from Oris truly exceeds what you pay for. That is when you compare with other Swiss watch brands that have the same features.

Every watch from Oris also comes with a 2-year warranty. You might not get much resale value when compared with TAG Heuer, but this brand holds its value.

Where Are Oris Watches Made?

The headquarters and factory of the Oris watch brand are located in Hölstein, Switzerland.

Final Thoughts!

If you’re watching out for your pocket but still want a timepiece from a luxury brand, then Oris is a great start.

The brand makes Swiss watches of high precision and quality. It doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about; there’s always a watch to fit in.

We believe our Oris watches review has given you a front seat row to the best Oris watches out there. The rest is up to you to decide.

Got questions, feedback or concerns? Talk to us in the comments below.


Marilyn

Marilyn

Marilyn Chase writes fashion articles for luxury power houses that want to see their brands surge. Her articles have appeared in various North American and Western European websites. She contributes articles about design, craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques in fashion. Her articles focus on trends and research supported by first hand interviews and pictures. She is qualified by extensive experience and a degree in fashion from New York.