Introducing: Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403
The Oris Calibre 403 has landed. The Big Crown Pointer Date is the brand’s signature design and has been in constant production since 1938.
Now, the line has been given one of the most significant upgrades in its 80 year history.
Since the introduction of the ground-breaking 400 calibre series in 2020 (which equipped the Aquis), Oris fans have been calling for the Big Crown Pointer Date to receive the same high performance movement. Now equipped with the Calibre 403, the Pointer Date becomes a very interesting proposition. But is it worth the additional price tag?
Big Crown Pointer Date
The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date has always has two distinctive design features. Firstly, an oversized crown that could be operated by gloved airmen. Secondly, a central hand that pointed to a date scale around the edge of the dial.
The new Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 retains these features. However, it also stands apart from the rest with a more modern aesthetic. The aviation-style dial is in midnight blue with bold arabic figures. Also, the fluted bezel is replaced with a polished version. Additionally, the hands are straight with pointed tips as opposed to the traditional cathedral style hands. The pointer date hand has a red tip which contrasts with the dial. Overall, the watch really looks the part.
Turn the watch over and you get your first glimpse of what really makes it special. The exhibition caseback allows a view of the Calibre 403 complete with the teddy bear ears of the balance and power train.
The calibre 403 first appeared in the 250-piece Hölstein Edition 2021. However, this is the first time it features in a collection piece. It provides the watch with small seconds and pointer date complications.
As with every movement in the Calibre 400 Series, Calibre 403 has elevated levels of anti-magnetism, an incredible five-day power reserve and a 10-year warranty (join MyOris to extend your warranty to ten years). It’s also accurate to -3/+5 seconds a day – which would comfortably pass chronometer testing – and has 10-year recommended service intervals.
Priced at £2,600, it’s almost twice the price of the standard Pointer Date with Sellita SW 200-1 base movement. So is it worth the additional cash? It sure is. There’s no doubt it looks great but for a calibre this cutting-edge with an incredible 10 Year warranty, it’s a price worth paying.
Price and Product Information
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Model: 01 403 7776 4065-07 5 19 11
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