Making waves during the quartz crisis, Oris released their first chronograph in 1970—the Star Chronoris. The original model was the brand’s first attempt at creating a chronograph which was an impressive feat given the times. The Oris Chronoris design and functionality was heavily influenced by motorsport and quickly became a popular watch within the brand’s suite of offerings. In 2005, Oris relaunched the Chronoris collection as it’s known today, capturing the piece’s original retro style and classic features. Today, the Chronoris has several distinctive elements that set it apart from other timepieces like its unique tonneau-shaped case, dials with red or blue accents, and an internal rotating bezel. Additionally, modern editions of the watch feature automatic movements while older pieces leverage manual calibers. For those interested in this watch, it’s available in chronograph and three-hand versions as well as an array of bracelet and strap options. Want to explore similar options? Discover other impressive pre-owned pieces like stainless steel, chronograph, and racing watches.
Explore the Oris Chronoris Collection
Boasting an impressive history and a retro style, today’s enthusiasts marvel at a few standout Chronoris models like the Chronograph, Date, and Williams 40th Anniversary Limited Edition. Learn more about these models and what makes them collector-worthy.
Perhaps most notable from this collection is the Chronoris chronographs that feature the Oris caliber 673, a movement based on the ETA 7750. These tonneau-shaped pieces are available in brushed stainless steel and are water resistant up to 100m. Additionally, they have a domed sapphire glass with interval anti-reflective coating. To enhance readability, the hands and indices are coated with SuperLuminova, and an eye-catching red tachymeter scale is wrapped around three quarters of the dial.
This model was the first three-hand Oris Chronoris watch, and it features the caliber 733 and a date display at the 3 o’clock. Its distinct inner ring can be rotated to measure intervals of a minute or less, and the hands and indices are luminescent. On black dial versions, bright red accents can be spotted on the inner ring’s zero marker, second hand, and index tips while the gray dial iterations showcase orange accents instead. For those that favor a robust watch, the Chronoris Date is also water resistant up to 100m and comes in five band options including stainless steel, rubber, NATO, and black or brown leather.
Williams 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
Made in honor of the Williams Racing team’s 40th anniversary, this limited edition piece is nearly identical to the standard Oris Chronoris chronograph model. However, the red on the tachymeter scale and seconds hands is replaced with the colors of the Williams Formula One racing team, paying homage to the collection’s love for motorsport. Only 1,000 pieces of this model exist, making it a highly sought after watch—it even has the Williams’ emblem embossed on its caseback. Discover other interesting watches inspired by sports by reading this expert article.
Buying a Pre-Owned Oris Chronoris Watch
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