Into the depths with Oris ...
As early as the 1960s and 1970s, Oris was already manufacturing diving watches with great success. Since around 2000, the company has again been devoting particular attention to this sector. The development of diving watches is constantly being pushed forward and has made good progress over the last two decades. For example, the Rotation Safety System was launched in 2009. It allows you to lock the rotating bezel of your watch before a dive so that it cannot be adjusted by accidental contact under water. Another practical patent on Otis diving watches is the Aquis Depth Gauge, a mechanical depth gauge built into the watch.
...and above the clouds...
Probably the most famous Oris watches are the pilot's watches in the Big Crown series. The first Big Crown was sold in 1938. It had an extra large crown, in English a big crown, which was designed to allow pilots to set or wind their watches without having to take off their leather pilot's gloves. The success of this model was so great that the Big Crown is still produced in different versions today.
... or also to the art exhibition
But even less sports-mad customers appreciate Oris luxury watches. For them there is a separate Art collection, with the Oris Artillier and Oris Classic models. With these beautiful luxury watches, fans of art and music can also enjoy and own the extraordinary works of art of traditional Swiss watchmaking. Formal and elegant, they are absolutely appropriate at any vernissage or premiere, yet can still be worn in the office during the day.
A piece of Swiss watchmaking history
The history of Oris is closely linked to the history of Swiss watchmaking. The company was founded in 1904 in the small town of Hölstein in the north of Switzerland. It was named Oris after a nearby stream. Initially the watchmaking company produced pocket watches, but in 1925 it began to make them wearable as wristwatches. Over time it expanded its range to include alarm clocks. In 1934, the company suffered a setback from the Swiss Watch Statute and subsequently became a pioneer in the fight for its liberalization and eventual abolition in 1971, but by then the quartz crisis was already posing a new threat to Otis. In 1982, after a brief attempt, like many other companies, to enter the quartz watchmaking business, Oris returned to its true art and has since returned to producing exclusively mechanical masterpieces of watchmaking art.