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    What do people think of ORIS watches these days? I was on youtube looking at a Seiko Sumo Hulk review and then had another pop up that compared it with a green Oris Aquis. The Oris was appealing visually, choice of sizes, a lighter vibrant green, ceramic bezel too so I started to think about the Oris. It looks like they are using Sellita movements now, presumably since ETA stopped supplying their movements to others. Compared to the Sumo movement I guess its a bit basic, but probably solid...but is it a bit too basic these days for what is a £1500 ish watch at rrp? WHat's the finishing like on Oris and how are they to live with? They seem to still have big wide lugs that sort of make any non specific strap or bracelet in appropriate.
    Looking on ebay the older TT1 divers seem to be on there at £600-£850 Buy it now prices, almost as much as the Aquis an I'm sure they never commanded that 5 or 6 years ago. Are Oris getting a following and respected brand now?

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    I mentioned in another thread that I think in the last few years Oris have really stepped up. Diver models like the Aquis are really good and the new 10 day openworked model (with a lot higher price mind) show that they are on a roll.

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    Whenever Oris gets a mention, residuals always need to be factored in. Great watches, but avoid paying list price at all costs. The watches can trade for anything as low as 50% of list within a year. Best to buy second hand and let someone else take the hit.

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    I have a 4 year old Aquis small-seconds, and the overall quality and finish beats all the other mid-field Swiss, German and Jap stuff I own or have owned, and by some margin. Love the watch to bits, it's my favourite amongst the Fortis, Edox, O&W, Glycine, etc that I own, and better than any Seiko I've owned (which exclude Grand S).
    The detailing and precision is flawless, and although I've not formally tested it, timekeeping is superb - I can't actually recall having to change it, but then I'm not overly fussed so long as it's within ~30 secs... (shameful admission, right there).

    I'd say they're a company on the up - they're starting to develop their own movements, and looking to fill the void left by the spiralling prices of the big-name brands, and upping their game accordingly. Part of the attraction for me is that they're independent, and not part of the usual corporate portfolios (e.g. LVMH, Richemont, Swatch etc).

    By way of balance, I buy with my heart, not my head, so long-term investment potential was not a consideration. If it is, you should obviously go big-name, and hope that big, shiny bubble doesn't ever burst!

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    My first ďproperĒ watch was an Oris TT1 dive watch. Since then Iíve had more than a few more - all divers - including depth gauge, small seconds and aquis. All have been fantastic pieces, punching far above their perceived place in the pecking order.
    Iíve also had more than a few Sumoís, and brilliant watches that they are I would put all the Orisís Iíve had well above them in both fit and finish.
    Brought on sale or second hand I very much doubt youíd be disappointed.

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    Oris are putting out some cracking watches these days and quality is excellent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Routers View Post
    Oris are putting out some cracking watches these days and quality is excellent.

    Almost didn't notice the black second hand there! Nice touch. Really like the bezel detail too.

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    Oris have been using Sellita for a while. The SW200 is pretty robust and you'll never have issues getting spares for it from a 3rd party.
    I really like Oris. You get a huge amount of watch for your money and aesthetically they're very pleasing. Would like to add a pilot or diver to my collection.

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    Had several Oris. All superb quality. A tt1 diver from c. 2007-2012 is possibly as good a value diver as you can buy. Target about £600 in strong condition w box.

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    Iíve got a green Aquis. Very good quality, amazing dial and excellent timekeeping, I really love it.

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    Worth mentioning that Oris are going it alone - they're not owned by one of the big conglomerates like Richemont or Swatch.

    I've had a couple of Oris watches - excellent quality, affordable, and I will definitely have another Oris or two in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Routers View Post
    Oris are putting out some cracking watches these days and quality is excellent.

    These look fantastic if your wrists can carry them off.

    <40mm and I would be all over it.

    As others have said, the quality at this price point and especially of the bracelets, is unparalleled in my opinion.

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    I've had a few oris. Very underrated imo and build quality is excellent for the price point.

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    Oris make great watches and the bracelets are up there amongst the best. The aquis range are very well made and certainly a step above most mid range seiko although they should be at twice the price. I'll be keeping my depth gauge long term.

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    Thoughts on Oris



    I recently purchased this 40mm Big Crown with Acrylic Crystal from Sales Corner. The quality of the case and dial is superb, accuracy excellent.

    This combined with their heritage makes them great value!

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    Iím a recent convert to Oris. I picked one of these up earlier this year and have been most impressed - love the design, the quality is good and itís great to support an independent brand.


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    I've owned a few Oris watches over the years and used to love the Friends of Oris forum but I don't think it exists these days.

    These are my two current Oris watches, superb watches

    Oris Aquis



    Oris Pro Pilot

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    Seems like there is good and growing support, excellent. timor, first dibs if you get bored on the green aquis ;) I'll have to watch out on SC, or for any bargain deals.

    the sw200 movement, am I right in thinking its a clone of of the ETA2824? IIRC Sellita used to manufacture for ETA, then started doing their own clones somehow or other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonNeil View Post
    Seems like there is good and growing support, excellent. timor, first dibs if you get bored on the green aquis ;) I'll have to watch out on SC, or for any bargain deals.

    the sw200 movement, am I right in thinking its a clone of of the ETA2824? IIRC Sellita used to manufacture for ETA, then started doing their own clones somehow or other.
    Yes, you are correct regards the Selita movement. Pretty much the same movement as the 2824, which Selita used to make under licence to ETA. I believe there is an additional jewel compared to the 2824.

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    I like them and have had a couple. This one I sold a few years ago:


    And this one that I bought new earlier in the year (although may appear on SC at some point soon)

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    I have been very impressed by the quality of my Small second Aquis. I think they have got to be one of the most value for money brands out there, even at full price.


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    Iíve got three,pro pilot,diver 65,Sinatra,all very nice watches and imho good value for the price point.

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    I think they are a cracking second hand buy. Good designs and original. Sometimes a bit on the larger side though.

    At RRP however my mind always thinks of the second hand Omega I could buy...


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    Although I donít currently own an Oris, I have some experience of them as both my father and brother own one and there are a couple of models Iíd love to pick up.

    I went up to London a few weeks back and quite by chance discovered the Oris boutique in South Molton Street. Maybe it was a quiet day, but having explained I was just looking, I was invited in and chatted watches with the manager for about an hour, whilst he showed me some of their watches. No pressure to buy, just genuine enthusiasm for watches.

    I visited a number of other boutiques that day, but Oris was by far my favourite and I would recommend a visit for anyone interested.

    As for which models I d like to pick up, the Oris 1917 and Aquis Great Barrier Reef (LE).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Routers View Post
    Oris are putting out some cracking watches these days and quality is excellent.

    I think it says something about Oris that for this watch they bothered to modify the ETA movement and put in a larger date wheel that suits the dial. When you look at, say, Montblancs with their date windows bobbing around adrift in the middle of the dial, you might think such a thing to be impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onespeed View Post

    I went up to London a few weeks back and quite by chance discovered the Oris boutique in South Molton Street. Maybe it was a quiet day, but having explained I was just looking, I was invited in and chatted watches with the manager for about an hour, whilst he showed me some of their watches. No pressure to buy, just genuine enthusiasm for watches.
    I had the same experience. No pushiness, happy to have a chat, I was impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchstudent View Post
    Sometimes a bit on the larger side though.
    Important point, well made. All those I've handled so far have been big AND heavy, especially on OEM bracelets. Not for the willowy-wristed!

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    I really like Oris as a brand, and they're often in contention when I'm looking for a new watch, but I've never ended up owning one.

    I really like the Oris 65, the ProPilot, the Pointer Date and the Aquis.

    It appeals that they're an independent.

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    This has to be one of their better offerings, but at over £3,000 too much. Some are offering discounts, but at £2k it would be great.


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    They are great watches and very well finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonNeil View Post
    Seems like there is good and growing support, excellent. timor, first dibs if you get bored on the green aquis ;) I'll have to watch out on SC, or for any bargain deals.

    the sw200 movement, am I right in thinking its a clone of of the ETA2824? IIRC Sellita used to manufacture for ETA, then started doing their own clones somehow or other.
    Ha ha, Iím afraid this is going nowhere



    Great bracelet and I had the good fortune to get the rubber strap from a WTB here. Itís one of the nicest rubbers Iíve worn.

    Would also second the comments about the Oris boutique in London, really helpful, not pushy and free coffee!

    Iím now really keen on the burgundy dial Big Crown Pointer Date...

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    Looks great Timor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerard View Post
    This has to be one of their better offerings, but at over £3,000 too much. Some are offering discounts, but at £2k it would be great.

    On secondary market after a couple of years that would be a great find for sub 2k. At the moment the 2-4K secondary market is full of (I think) better value propositions


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    Quote Originally Posted by amii21 View Post
    Worth mentioning that Oris are going it alone - they're not owned by one of the big conglomerates like Richemont or Swatch.
    This. For me that makes them more attractive than others at the same price point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lammylee View Post


    I recently purchased this 40mm Big Crown with Acrylic Crystal from Sales Corner. The quality of the case and dial is superb, accuracy excellent.

    This combined with their heritage makes them great value!
    I had one like this, great watch but I could not live with the plexi. Once put it on an oyster bracelet it was really cool.

    I really like their retro pieces and the chronoris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timor54 View Post
    Itís one of the nicest rubbers Iíve worn.

    Snigger snigger, titter, snigger!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tenpasten View Post
    Iím a recent convert to Oris. I picked one of these up earlier this year and have been most impressed - love the design, the quality is good and itís great to support an independent brand.

    This is the Oris Hodinkee right..? I was after this and it sold out in minutes:(

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerard View Post
    This has to be one of their better offerings, but at over £3,000 too much. Some are offering discounts, but at £2k it would be great.

    Great photo!! this is so gorgeous

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefmcd View Post
    AC 3 in da house and may be ejected shortly. ;-)

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    I really like the Aquis and the big crown pointer. Iíd love to own either if I could find at a good price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerard View Post
    This has to be one of their better offerings, but at over £3,000 too much. Some are offering discounts, but at £2k it would be great.

    Ive not seen that before....Looks bloody gorgeous!

    Ive had a few Oris watches, the only one I have now is an Oris 65 (42mm)..really like it.

    Personally, I think Oris are good value for money..nice watches, well made..whats not to like?!

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    I donít own one, but certainly came close. They have some very pleasing designs, and also build-integrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Nor you,
    His derogatory expletive is typical of Archibald Chesterfield the 3rd, Archie Luxury, Paul Pluta. I'm assuming he's aping him.

    PM'd him to remove comment anyway.

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    Had my Chronoris for a few years now. Still love it's retro looks and lots of little details about it.
    https://www.oris.ch/en/watch/oris-ch...-7564-4154-set

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    I received my first Oris (Oris 65 green dial + bracelet)last September, and I was very well surprised, the movement was well regulated, (drift +4 spd), very well balanced dial, and a surprising uncommon 20mm-16mm bracelet that keeps the old touch era for this model.

    HTH

    Quote Originally Posted by LondonNeil View Post
    What do people think of ORIS watches these days? I was on youtube looking at a Seiko Sumo Hulk review and then had another pop up that compared it with a green Oris Aquis. The Oris was appealing visually, choice of sizes, a lighter vibrant green, ceramic bezel too so I started to think about the Oris. It looks like they are using Sellita movements now, presumably since ETA stopped supplying their movements to others. Compared to the Sumo movement I guess its a bit basic, but probably solid...but is it a bit too basic these days for what is a £1500 ish watch at rrp? WHat's the finishing like on Oris and how are they to live with? They seem to still have big wide lugs that sort of make any non specific strap or bracelet in appropriate.
    Looking on ebay the older TT1 divers seem to be on there at £600-£850 Buy it now prices, almost as much as the Aquis an I'm sure they never commanded that 5 or 6 years ago. Are Oris getting a following and respected brand now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amii21 View Post
    Worth mentioning that Oris are going it alone - they're not owned by one of the big conglomerates like Richemont or Swatch.

    I've had a couple of Oris watches - excellent quality, affordable, and I will definitely have another Oris or two in future.
    I agree.

    My chronograph will be one of the last watches to leave my collection:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Onespeed View Post
    I went up to London a few weeks back and quite by chance discovered the Oris boutique in South Molton Street. Maybe it was a quiet day, but having explained I was just looking, I was invited in and chatted watches with the manager for about an hour, whilst he showed me some of their watches. No pressure to buy, just genuine enthusiasm for watches
    I visited them about a month ago as I was just passing by. I explained I wasn't buying just looking but they were happy to get some pieces out for me, offer me a coffee & chat. Pressure free. I really vibe with their ethos at the moment about keeping their oceans clean but I couldn't find a watch that I could gel with. The Aquis clean Ocean 39mm was out of proportion given the thickness with the larger date model the better sized but didn't have the plastic disc in the rear. The Aquis green would've been good to see.

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    I'll have to pop in to the boutique. I need to head to the seiko boutique too and take a look at the sumo hulk in person. I think I will much prefer the Oris for size and looks, but the movement in the seiko is better I think.

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