“A man is successful if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night, and in the time between one and another he does what he likes.” Bob Dylan
It’s probably fair to say Bob Dylan achieved this level of success a long time ago, which is no doubt why ORIS chose to make a tribute watch for him a few years ago. For the rest of us, we have to keep putting in the hours to afford our new watches. But whether you have been collecting watches for years, or you are just starting out, an ORIS, be it a diver, a pilot’s watch, a dress watch or a racing chronograph, is an excellent place to start your search.
ORIS Watches, still steadfastly independent since their founding in Holstein, Switzerland in 1904, are noted for their clean design and keen attention to detail. Made to Swiss luxury standards, while there are certainly cheaper brands out there, they are always priced to be moderately aspirational yet achievable for the watch collector, and whether they decide to go contemporary or retro, they more often than not get the look and feel just right. Here are seven of ORIS’s watch models that always manage to attract plenty of attention and are highly collectable.
ORIS HAMMERHEAD LIMITED EDITION
This watch was very well received when we first posted it in February of this year. The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition, is a watch designed to help raise funds for a shark conservation project run by the non-profit organization Pelagios Kakunjá, and supported by Oris ambassador and professional diver Jérôme Delafosse.
Pelagios Kakunjá’s objective is to understand movements and migratory pathways of the marine world’s top predators. Its latest project will look to learn more about migration routes of the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) species of shark in the Eastern Pacific. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global population of Scalloped Hammerheads has declined by up to 90 per cent over the last 30 years. CHF 2550
This is another new watch from ORIS we look forward to seeing at Baselworld 2017. The new 43.50mm Aquis Date continues both the spirit and design DNA of its predecessor. The horns and the bracelet are now thinner, giving the case and the whole watch a more slender profile. The hands and indices have been redesigned to look bolder and sharper, and the screw-in security crown and crown protectors have been refined to give the watch a sleeker silhouette. The bezel inlay is made of black, scratch and fade-resistant ceramic, and the dial now bears the Aquis name. Some similar models start at $995 on Amazon.com
Introduced in 2014, this watch combines a retro modern design of its only marginally oversized stainless steel body with a self-winding movement featuring day/date display. The movement is outsourced from Sellita. Easily readable with Superluminova numerals and comfortable thanks to its ergonomically shaped case and soft leather strap, with folding clasp, the watch has the signature red ORIS rotor visible through the caseback. $1039 at Amazon.com
Bhanu got very excited about this watch when it was unveiled at Baselworld last year and kept insisting we vote it as number one of all the divers watches we had seen. The Sixty Five diver’s case has been upgraded from 36mm to a more modern fit of 40mm. Even though the case is made of multi-piece stainless steel, it wears very light. This is due to the slim profile of the case, which easily fits under the cuff. The DLC plated bezel with aluminum ring is very easy to operate. Unlike the original divers which had a bi-directional bezel, this is a 120-click unidirectional bezel. $1,290 at Amazon.com.
A worthy contender to the TAG Heuer Nismo, this 44mm watch is encased in lightweight but super resilient titanium. All the parts are coated in black with DLC with red accents on the dial including the logo, chronograph hand, and small second indicator. The watch is equipped with a tachymeter, located on the inner flange of the dial, and a 60-minute timer engraved on the insert of the bi-directional rotating bezel, making it possible to calculate intervals of both times and average speeds. The watch is powered by caliber Oris 778, based on a Sellita SW 500, which in turn is styled on the famous Valjoux 7750. Around $4000
Every 3 years or so ORIS does, or at least used to produce, tribute watches to legendary musical artists. One such tribute was to a reasonably well known Hoboken crooner by the name of Frank Sinatra. You won’t find this watch still being offered by ORIS because it was released in 2012, and that’s several lifetimes ago in the fast-moving world of watch models, but you can still find it on Ebay for £1750.
There’s no question that Bob Dylan was and still is an original, however the watch that serves as a tribute to him is not. It’s based on an ORIS Rectangular Date. This watch was introduced in 2009, and runs on a Caliber 733 (Sellita SW 200-1) movement. Dylan’s signature is printed in white and placed next to the date window at 6 o’clock. Limited to 3000 pieces, the original box set featured a Hohner Marine Band harmonica of the type Dylan would have strapped close to his mouth in his early days as a troubadour. The caseback has an outline of the singer as well as a small window to observe the ORIS red rotor. You can still pick one of these watches up on Jomashop for $1440.