The history of Oris began in 1904, with its founders Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in Hölstein, Switzerland. Today Oris has grown to have five different ranges of precision time pieces, including chronographs, with over 31 individual models.
1938 brought an exciting new development for Oris, when production began on the legendary pointer calendar. This watch was a great success and has been included in every collection released since. Before half the century had past Oris, not only interested in the making of wristwatches, had established itself as a good name for quality alarm clocks, introduced for the first time ever is an alarm clock which only needs to be wound once every eight days, these alarm clocks are still in use today.
Just one of the many high points in Oris’s history occured in 1968 when Oris obtains full chronometer certification from the Observatory of Neuchâtel, for movement cal. 652, which one of the highest forms of recognition that exist for accuracy and superior quality.
In 1970 Oris opens its Dubois Depraz factory and launches its first chronograph. 1989 brings with it a brand new version with automatic pointer, fifty-one years after launching the first Oris pointer calendar. In 1995 Oris launches its regulator as a wristwatch, based on movement cal. 640, and for the first time seconds and hours are displayed horizontally. In the year 2000 the Oris XXL line is introduced and as the name suggests, this line is characterised by models of impressive dimensions.
“Oris watches transcend the commonplace output of mass production and the vagaries of fashion. Instead it embodies the real values of the watchmaker’s art.”