The indication of the date on a wristwatch can be accomplished in multiple ways, though it most typically occurs via a small aperture revealing a rotating numbered wheel on the dial, and often at three o’clock. While this is a simple, highly legible method for indicating the date, there are other, more elegant approaches, one of which is taken by Oris on the newest versions of their iconic Big Crown Pointer Date series.
The Big Crown Pointer Date, which has been manufactured in several iterations by the brand over the years, features Arabic numerals and an outer rail track chapter ring indicating the minutes, plus an additional outer scale with the date and a fourth pointer hand that revolves once per day to indicate the appropriate number.
New for this year are a 40mm version with blue or black dial and Super-LumiNova indices. Other specs include Oris’ cal. 754 (Sellita SW-200-1 base) automatic movement, a slimmer screw-back stainless steel case with see-through mineral crystal, fluted bezel, a screw-down crown, and a bubble-curved sapphire crystal with AR coating. The diver is available on a light-brown, naturally tanned vegetable leather band (blue dial), and with a dark brown or black naturally tanned leather strap for CHF 1,550, or alternatively, on a stainless steel bracelet for CHF 1,750.