Oris Big Crown anyone?

So, I am considering getting me an Oris for my birthday this year - namely a Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403.

Any of you fellow watch nerds already have any experience with the brand or this beautiful piece in particular? What do you think about the new kinda in-house movement?

Looking forward to your thoughts, cheers.

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I’ve always loved Oris, my father always wears one (a big pointer from the 90s-2000s) and I have a few, just got a new Aquis Date.

I would recommend them!

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danield

I’ve always loved Oris, my father always wears one (a big pointer from the 90s-2000s) and I have a few, just got a new Aquis Date.

I would recommend them!

Thanks a bunch for your recommending words!

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My first serious Swiss watch was an Oris Divers 65 (2015) and I loved it so much I bought a second one few years later, Oris X Momotaro. Build quality is top notch and I would absolutely recommend them! You won't regret it. Oris X Cervo Volante is the one that's currently tempting me 🤣

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sergey

My first serious Swiss watch was an Oris Divers 65 (2015) and I loved it so much I bought a second one few years later, Oris X Momotaro. Build quality is top notch and I would absolutely recommend them! You won't regret it. Oris X Cervo Volante is the one that's currently tempting me 🤣

Thanks for your shared experience!

I have to admit the Cervo Volante ones are also highly tempting me :) And due to the simpler movement they are still very price-sensitive.

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Love Oris, have a 40mm Big Crown Pointer date with Selitta movement and a Diver 65 w caliber 400.

Nothing but love for my Big Crown. Albeit 40mm is a bigger than I would have prefered, I love the one I have enough to overlook the size. Movement is running at ~+2spd.

The caliber 400 brings a lot of specs for the price point, but I have to warn that it is still a relatively new movement with its quirks. Mine has the jumping minute hand when I pull out the crown(something people are saying has been fixed), and am monitoring it for an eventual service because of some other things I noticed on mine. 

The only reason I am not completely mad about the 400 caliber is because it's a new movement and I had prepared myself for something like this to happen, plus it comes with the 10 year warranty. Still ticks me off a little, because there should not be stuff like this at this price point, if Oris is truely trying to move up-market and compete with brands like Tudor.

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Cometman

Love Oris, have a 40mm Big Crown Pointer date with Selitta movement and a Diver 65 w caliber 400.

Nothing but love for my Big Crown. Albeit 40mm is a bigger than I would have prefered, I love the one I have enough to overlook the size. Movement is running at ~+2spd.

The caliber 400 brings a lot of specs for the price point, but I have to warn that it is still a relatively new movement with its quirks. Mine has the jumping minute hand when I pull out the crown(something people are saying has been fixed), and am monitoring it for an eventual service because of some other things I noticed on mine. 

The only reason I am not completely mad about the 400 caliber is because it's a new movement and I had prepared myself for something like this to happen, plus it comes with the 10 year warranty. Still ticks me off a little, because there should not be stuff like this at this price point, if Oris is truely trying to move up-market and compete with brands like Tudor.

The caliber 400 brings a lot of specs for the price point, but I have to warn that it is still a relatively new movement with its quirks. Mine has the jumping minute hand when I pull out the crown(something people are saying has been fixed), and am monitoring it for an eventual service because of somethings I noticed. 

I'll reiterate this. I had been contemplating an Oris with the caliber 400, and my AD assured me that the issue had been fixed. I tried setting the watch multiple times, and 2 out of 3 times, the problem occurred. It wouldn't be a problem if the jump was consistent, since then you could accommodate by simply changing the hand placement before pushing the crown back in. Until this issue is fixed, I'm personally staying away from that caliber. 

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Can’t say enough good things about Oris would recommend 

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I’ve got my third Oris and I find them totally underrated. The price is very good for what you get and the brand as a whole is super sympathetic, down-to-earth and authentic in my opinion 

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watchesandespresso

I’ve got my third Oris and I find them totally underrated. The price is very good for what you get and the brand as a whole is super sympathetic, down-to-earth and authentic in my opinion 

Fully agree!

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Cometman

Love Oris, have a 40mm Big Crown Pointer date with Selitta movement and a Diver 65 w caliber 400.

Nothing but love for my Big Crown. Albeit 40mm is a bigger than I would have prefered, I love the one I have enough to overlook the size. Movement is running at ~+2spd.

The caliber 400 brings a lot of specs for the price point, but I have to warn that it is still a relatively new movement with its quirks. Mine has the jumping minute hand when I pull out the crown(something people are saying has been fixed), and am monitoring it for an eventual service because of some other things I noticed on mine. 

The only reason I am not completely mad about the 400 caliber is because it's a new movement and I had prepared myself for something like this to happen, plus it comes with the 10 year warranty. Still ticks me off a little, because there should not be stuff like this at this price point, if Oris is truely trying to move up-market and compete with brands like Tudor.

Interesting insights regarding the caliber, thanks a lot.

I have to be honest, that might be a party-pooper for me personally. Especially in regard of the price point of the calibre 403 watch...

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Cometman

Love Oris, have a 40mm Big Crown Pointer date with Selitta movement and a Diver 65 w caliber 400.

Nothing but love for my Big Crown. Albeit 40mm is a bigger than I would have prefered, I love the one I have enough to overlook the size. Movement is running at ~+2spd.

The caliber 400 brings a lot of specs for the price point, but I have to warn that it is still a relatively new movement with its quirks. Mine has the jumping minute hand when I pull out the crown(something people are saying has been fixed), and am monitoring it for an eventual service because of some other things I noticed on mine. 

The only reason I am not completely mad about the 400 caliber is because it's a new movement and I had prepared myself for something like this to happen, plus it comes with the 10 year warranty. Still ticks me off a little, because there should not be stuff like this at this price point, if Oris is truely trying to move up-market and compete with brands like Tudor.

What does the movement say? It should have the caliber name engraved on it. I have the Divers Sixty-Five too, which should only exist with the Calibre 400-2 (Generation 2) which has the jumping hand issue fixed. I’ve never experienced this problem so far. 

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I had this watch for about 4 months, impulse bought it and loved it, then sold it. The pros are that it's robust and reliable, the case construction, finishing, domed sapphire, dial, and exhibition caseback are really good looking, 10 year warranty is way than what other brands offer. Cons is that movement is fairly new and don't know how it's going to hold up in the long term, 5atm is adequate but not enough for some, and from experience the watch tends to lose more time as power reserve dwindles, all watches do, but this one tends to start deviating further at around 50% power, and it's expensive at retail but if you can find one pre-owned below 2k then it's a fantastic watch (I sold mine for 1850usd).

The reason I sold mine was my ocd really, the deep blue dial doesn't go with lots of straps (goes great with light gray) but I'm particular when matching colors. I also wanted this to be my daily wearer since date says everyday watch for me, but the low accuracy of a mechanical with a date triggered my OCD, this was me having unrealistic expectations, now my daily is a seiko 9F quartz.

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So I'd say, yes, go for it, but try to find one pre-owned.

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watchesandespresso

What does the movement say? It should have the caliber name engraved on it. I have the Divers Sixty-Five too, which should only exist with the Calibre 400-2 (Generation 2) which has the jumping hand issue fixed. I’ve never experienced this problem so far. 

I have the Oris x Hodinkee collab 65 running Cal. 400.

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I have the Aquis Caliber 400. On the jumping minute hand:

This is an unfortunate, but unimportant quirk. Prior to pulling the stem out, you just roll it slightly to a neutral position. It’s easy to do by feel. Same after setting the time. You can feel when it will catch and cause the jump and then just give it a quarter roll in the opposite direction and it won’t happen. 
 

Should it happen at this price?  No. Is it an issue? No. 
 

Totally in house, mad specs, fantastic fit and finish, and gorgeous overall looks!  The jumping minute hand is simply a beauty mark on a super model. 

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cornfedksboy

I have the Aquis Caliber 400. On the jumping minute hand:

This is an unfortunate, but unimportant quirk. Prior to pulling the stem out, you just roll it slightly to a neutral position. It’s easy to do by feel. Same after setting the time. You can feel when it will catch and cause the jump and then just give it a quarter roll in the opposite direction and it won’t happen. 
 

Should it happen at this price?  No. Is it an issue? No. 
 

Totally in house, mad specs, fantastic fit and finish, and gorgeous overall looks!  The jumping minute hand is simply a beauty mark on a super model. 

Should it happen at this price?  No. Is it an issue? No. 

My thoughts exactly. TBH this quirk has made me more personable with my watch. The fact that I need to pay extra attention to it as if it were my child, as if I needed another reason to look at my watches 😂. But that's just us, I can see how some will view this as a big no no.