As part of the 2022 Oris Preview set in Vail, Colorado the brand announced a new set of Big Crown Pointer Date watches with a fun twist. Now I’m not usually one for bronze watches and I’m certainly not in my element out here in Vail (Florida man ’til death), but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t giddy for these pieces as they were passed around the room. A very familiar platform for Oris—and in production since 1938—the Big Crown Pointer Date models often leave me overwhelmed with choice. But what seals the deal with these versions, at least in my mind, is just how well Oris managed to execute these articulating bracelets, in full bronze. Let’s talk about it.
All sized at 40mm and with full bronze cases and bracelets, the new Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Bronze watches offer quite a bit of variety. Dials come in blue, green, brown, and bordeaux colorways, and to me they all fit in beautifully with the all-bronze look. Now, Oris has been pushing bronze for a while and this certainly isn’t the first time we’ve seen a bronze Big Crown Pointer Date. The key here is the addition of that bronze jubilee-style bracelet, and it’s where things get interesting.
As someone skeptical about bronze watches in general, I get really skeptical when I see a bronze watch with a bronze bracelet. By Oris’s own admission, working with malleable bronze on a bracelet such as this was no easy job. And I can believe it—many of the bronze watch bracelets I’ve handled just feel trashy. But the bracelet here somehow delivers a nice bit of heft and security with the comfort of fully articulating links. It turned out to be the kind of bracelet that made me wonder if an all-steel/NATO-strap-wearing buffoon like myself could ever seriously convert to bronze.
Inside the Big Crown Pointer Date Bronze is the Oris Caliber 754, built from a Sellita base. It powers that fun pointer date setup that the models are known for, with a red crescent pointer hand that hugs the dates indicated along the dial. It’s got a 38-hour power reserve and with the screw-down crown, water resistance on these models is 50m. Other features include a quick-set date, Super-LumiNova on those cool cathedral hands, and a fluted bezel that hits hard with vintage vibes.
So it seems like a strong opening to the new year for Oris and I think the combination of pricing, color options, and sizing will pull in the bronze watch lovers, hard. And speaking of pricing, I think this is the deal to go for if you want a bronze Big Crown Pointer Date. The previous models with the leather straps were lovely, and so was the leather itself. But I think anyone that experiences this entire package in person will find it hard to pass up.
Price for the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Bronze is CHF 2,400 on the bracelet and CHF 2,000 on the leather strap.
Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.