Video Review: Oris ChronOris Date

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One of our favorite watches from this year’s Baselworld was the Oris ChronOris Date, one of the most recent entries into the brand’s catalog of retro-inspired timepieces that have have been overwhelmingly well-received. As the name suggests, the watch pulls inspiration from a racing chronograph Oris released back in 1970. Despite its name and inspiration, the ChronOris Date is actually not a chronograph, but rather a quirky three-hander inside a dual-crown case featuring an internal ratcheting diver’s bezel for tracking elapsed time.Awkward nomenclature aside, the ChronOris Date stands on its own. It measures 39mm wide with a lug-to-lug length of 43mm, so it boasts a delightfully tempered size for a contemporary watch. The finishing is exceptional, with razor-sharp transitions between different surfaces and pronounced sunburst brushing along the top of the case. The crown at two operates the time, and the screw down crown at four controls the internal bezel mechanism, which has a really nice in-hand feel.

The dial continues this superlative execution with a wonderful vintage-inspired aesthetic, mixing grey, orange, white and black to great effect. In the hands of a less apt design team, the dial of the ChronOris Date could have been overly cluttered. Not so here.

For our full thoughts on the Oris ChronoOris Date, check out the video review below.

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$1950

Video Review: Oris ChronOris Date

Case
Stainless steel
Movement
Sellita SW200-1
Dial
Grey, black, white and orange
Lume
Super-LumiNova BG W9
Lens
Domed sapphire with AR
Strap
Bracelet
Water Resistance
100 meters
Dimensions
39mm x 43mm
Thickness
12.5mm
Lug Width
19mm
Crown
Dual crown
Warranty
Yes
Price
$1950

Altogether, the ChronOris Date is another solid offering from Oris. You get a beautifully executed watch that feels and wears as good as it looks. It boasts a set of solid specs, which include the Sellita SW200-1 caliber ticking away within. As shown here, the watch is paired with a complex and fine steel bracelet, though there are several other options available, among them a woven mil-strap and a distressed leather two-piece.

At $1,950 on the bracelet (in my opinion, this is the way to go) or $1,750 on your choice of strap, the Oris ChronOris Date sits in a very competitive price category with some solid company. However, the ChronOris Date gets the upper-hand here in that it has a unique aesthetic, one that few other watches currently on the market can match. And if this is what you’re looking for, then the ChronOris Date is the way to go. Oris

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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