In 2017 and 2018, Oris released two special edition watches in support of the Movember Foundation. These models belong to the Divers Sixty-Five and Big Crown collections and, while similar to the standard editions, have some unique details.
The Movember Foundation was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. Oris has been creating special editions in support of the foundation since 2017. Many figures from the sports, entertainment, and fashion industries also support the cause.
The first result of Oris' collaboration with Movember was a special edition Oris Divers 65. The Sixty-Five is one of this Swiss manufacturer's most successful models. Its design is inspired by Oris diving watches from the year 1965. The Movember Edition is based on the standard 40-mm stainless steel model. However, it has a completely redesigned dial with rose-gold-plated indices and hands. The current Sixty-Five collection contains around 50 models, each measuring 36, 40, or 42 mm in diameter. In addition to three-hand watches, there are also two chronograph models, including the Carl Brashear Limited Edition.
Oris followed with a second Movember Edition in 2018, this time in the Big Crown collection. These classic pilot's watches can trace their roots back to an Oris timepiece from 1938. As the name implies, these watches have an oversized crown. This made it easier for pilots to operate the crown with gloves on. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the Big Crown is its pointer date display. This feature shows the date via an additional central hand that points to the corresponding number around the dial's edge.
The Big Crown Movember Edition is 40 mm in diameter and based on the standard Pointer Date model in stainless steel. However, it sets itself apart with its matte black dial, gold-plated hands, and warm gold minute track. The Big Crown collection is also home to 36 and 44-mm timepieces in addition to the more moderate 40-mm versions.
|Model/Reference number||Price (approx.)||Features|
|Diver Sixty-Five01 733 7707 4084-Set LS||1,900 USD||Date at 6 o'clock, rose-gold-plated hands and indices|
|Big Crown Pointer Date01 754 7741 4037-Set LS||1,700 USD||Matte black dial, gold-plated hands|
The Diver's Sixty-Five Movember Edition, ref. 01 733 7707 4084-Set LS, is made of stainless steel and has sapphire glass with an internal anti-reflective coating. Thanks to its screw-down crown, the case is water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft), meaning you can take it for a swim or even a dive. The polished screw-down case back is engraved with the Oris logo. This diving watch gets its power from the Oris caliber 733, which is based on the Sellita SW200-1. SuperLuminova fills the rose gold hour, minute, and second hands. There's also a date display at 6 o'clock.
Rose gold dot indices sit atop the black dial, with line indices at 3, 9, and 12 o'clock. Each index is filled with white SuperLuminova, guaranteeing optimal readability, even in the dark. Oris mounts this timepiece on a brown leather strap with the Movember mustache emblem. They also provide an additional NATO strap in bordeaux, beige, and brown. Prices for a new model sit around 1,900 USD, while pre-owned pieces change hands for about 1,400 USD.
The stainless steel case of the Big Crown Movember Edition with the reference number 01 754 7741 4037-Set LS is water-resistant to 50 m (5 bar, 164 ft). Its stationary ribbed bezel is made of polished stainless steel. Domed sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coating on one side protects the displays. You can set the date and time using the screw-down stainless steel crown. The sapphire glass case back is also screwed into the case and provides a view of the Oris caliber 754 at work. This automatic movement is a modified version of the proven Sellita SW200-1. It comes with a 38-hour power reserve and drives the hour, minute, and second hands, as well as the date display. The matte black dial features Arabic numerals made of white SuperLuminova. The minute track and date display run around the outside of the dial. Oris pairs the final watch with a brown leather strap, which is stamped with the Movember mustache below the lugs. You can purchase a never-worn edition for roughly 1,700 USD. This model has an official list price of 1,800 CHF (approx. 1,800 USD).
Georges Christian and Paul Cattin founded their pocket watch factory in the Swiss town of Hölstein in 1904. They named their business Oris after a nearby creek. The company began producing wristwatches in 1925 by outfitting pocket watches with lugs and bracelets. Oris reached some major milestones in 1938: That year, they began producing their own dials and escapements and released the first Big Crown model.
The company later developed their first automatic movement with a power reserve display, known as the 601, in 1952. Oris released their first diving watch in 1965. This timepiece has a rotatable diving bezel, luminous indices, and a depth rating of 100 m (328 ft). It also served as the inspiration for the Sixty-Five collection some 50 years later. As a result of the quartz crisis, the company went from around 900 employees to only a few dozen in 1970. This led to Oris being acquired by Switzerland's largest watch industry group at the time, the ASUAG (Allgemeine Schweizer Uhrenindustrie AG). Twelve years would pass before Dr. Rolf Portmann and Ulrich W. Herzog were able to purchase the ailing business back from the ASUAG and begin producing mechanical timepieces as an independent manufacturer once more.In 1984, Oris roared back to life with the release of the redesigned Big Crown Pointer Date. This model had first appeared in 1938. Riding the wave of this achievement, the watch manufacturer expanded its catalog by many models and new collections throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Successful examples include the Artelier and the Aquis. Oris has been making in-house calibers since 2014, beginning with the caliber 110.A new management team entered the picture in 2016. Now, vice president Ulrich W. Herzog is supported by co-CEOs Claudine Gertiser-Herzog and Rolf Studer.
The Movember Foundation has been promoting happier and healthier lives for men since 2003. Their focus is on raising awareness about and supporting men with prostate or testicular cancer, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts. Two friends, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, got the idea for Movember over a casual beer in Melbourne, Australia. The US government granted Movember charity status in 2009. To date, the state-supported independent charity has assisted in over 1,200 projects around the globe. Financial support comes from so-called Mo Bros and Sistas. What's more, millions of men grow out their mustaches each November as a public act of solidarity with the movement. Today, the Movember Foundation has over 5 million members and counting.