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Experts in mechanical timepieces
The Pilot Watch Magazine
10 March 2024

Mechanical masterpieces from Switzerland

Oris is a Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1904 by watchmakers and entrepreneurs Paul Cattin and Georges Christian and based in Hölstein, Switzerland, whose company name is derived from the nearby Oris stream. The company, rich in tradition, is known for the development and production of high-quality timepieces. The brand is considered one of the most famous Swiss watchmakers and enjoys reputation and prestige among watch lovers around the globe.

Oris initially starts with the manufacture of pocket watches, and later adds its own wristwatches to the collection. The timepieces enjoy great popularity and are constantly developed technically. Pilots in particular have appreciated Oris’ pilot watches since the end of the 1930s. These are equipped with a particularly large crown – hence, among other things, the collection name Big Crown – and can be easily operated even with gloves on during airborne operations.

Oris had already started building pilot watches in 1910, in the early days of aviation, and has continued to deliver innovations in this segment ever since.


New models for new groups of buyers

After the Second World War, Oris continued its success story. By the end of the 1960s, the Swiss watch manufacturer was already producing more than a million watches a year, making it one of the ten largest watch manufacturers in the world. Even the so-called quartz crisis, when cheap quartz watches from the Far East flood the market in the 1970s and 80s, Oris survives largely unscathed.

With a broad portfolio of exclusively mechanical timepieces, ever more spectacular models are launched in the years that follow – including the revolutionary Oris Worldtimer: a patented function makes it possible to set the local time forwards and backwards in one-hour leaps at the touch of a button when traveling through different time zones. At regular intervals, the popular brand surprises watch lovers all over the world with appealing redesigns, with fascinating further developments and with new functions – until today.

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