Oris is one of a small handful of Swiss watch brands that makes only mechanical watches. A mechanical watch is a thing of beauty, designed according to principles that have been around for generations and will continue long into the future.
Their long history and heritage speaks volumes. They’ve been manufacturing mechanical watches in the Swiss village of Hölstein without interruption since 1904.
The ‘Swiss Made’ stamp of quality is protected by law. All Oris watches are Swiss Made by Swiss craftsmen and have passed rigorous quality control tests before they leave the workshops.
The Red Rotor is a trademarked symbol of Oris’s “High-Mech” approach to watchmaking. Whenever you see the Red Rotor, you can be sure its inside a genuine, fairly priced Oris watch that’s innovative, functional and designed to bring many years of pleasure.
Oris is one of the few Swiss watch brands to remain independent and run by its owners, meaning their values are in safe hands.
Not a single battery in sight, Oris is world-renowned for their commitment to producing entirely mechanical masterpieces with the attention to detail and quality you would expect from a Swiss Made brand. Instantly recognisable by their eye-catching red rotor of the self-winding movements, visible through the glass back of each watch, this symbol is a true sign of the natural power that fuels an Oris timepiece.
Discover Oris’ History
With a rich heritage of over 100 years, Oris is one of the few Swiss watch brands to still be independent and family run. Founded in 1904 in the village of Hölstein, Switzerland, Oris create their purely mechanical watches from the very same place today
Oris is founded by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in the village of Hölstein, Switzerland, named after a nearby brook.
The company opens a second factory in the nearby town of Holderbank.
Oris are the largest employer in Hölstein, with over 300 workers. By 1925, Oris has six factories in total.
Oris begins to fit bracelet buckles to its pocket watches, transforming them into wristwatches.
Following the death of founder Georges Christian in 1927, Oscar Herzog, Christian's brother-in-law, takes over as General Manager and steers Oris through the many watchmaking highs and lows of the 20th century.
Oris opens a dial factory in Biel/Bienne.
Oris produce their own watch escapements, employing many highly skilled watchmakers. The company is one of the first employers to offer equal opportunities to both men and women.
Oris introduces its first watch for pilots, which has a distinguishing big crown. The collection takes its name from the watch’s oversized crown, which was created to allow pilots to adjust while wearing leather gloves.
Oris is awarded the first of over 200 distinctions for a pin-lever movement from the Bureau Officiel de Controle de la Marche des Montres in Le Locle.
Oris launches its first automatic watch with a power reserve indicator, powered by the brand’s highly accurate Calibre 601 movement.
Oris launches a diver’s watch with a unidirectional bezel, bold numerals and water resistance to 100m. Fifty years later, the watch is re-released; the Oris Divers Sixty Five Heritage, becoming one of the brand’s most loved watches.
By the end of the 1960s, Oris is one of the 10 largest companies in the world. It employs 800 people across its factories, and produces 1.2 million watches and clocks a year.
Oris launches the Chronoris, the company’s first chronograph. This is the first watch in Oris’s Motor Sport collection.
Oris launches the highly successful Calibre 581 movement. At the time, it’s the company’s most complicated calibre, with a moon-phase module created by an in-house team of watchmakers.
Oris partner with the London Jazz Festival, marking the beginning of a strong emotional connection between Oris and jazz.
The Red Rotor becomes Oris’s registered trademark, symbolising Oris’s aim to produce Swiss Made mechanical watches with real-world functions at accessible prices.
Oris partners with record-breaking freediver Carlos Coste, in the same year he breaks the world record for descending to a depth of 140m and returning to the surface on a single breath.
Oris works with ambassador and diver Roman Frischknecht to develop the ProDiver, a diver’s watch featuring the patented Rotation Safety System. This is a unidirectional rotating bezel that can be locked into place, preventing mistakes under water.
Oris partners with the Australian Marine Conservation Society to help protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
More than 75 years after Oris made its first pilot’s watch, it announces the launch of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter, the world’s first automatic mechanical watch with a mechanical altimeter.