Oris has a reputation for quality and competitive pricing. But I've noticed the model line is getting somewhat expensive.
So the questions:
1) Are they worth the cash?
2) Is it essentially a "cult" watch?
3) What do you think of the new Selita movement?
I've only had one Oris, a Big Crown series pointer date, that was nice but not exceptional. I see them from time to time at Costco and in ADs. I can't make up my mind about the brand.
I've had my WIlliams F1 for a little over six months.
Personally, I think it's a great watch. I got a nice price on it, from an AD, and I think it's definitely what I paid for it.
Is it a "cult" watch? I dunno'; I don't think any more or less than any other brand. It's pretty clear that it's not as popular a brand as Rolex or Omega; just look at the number of new posts in the Oris forum as compared to those others. I think it's just a very good watch that a relatively few people are familiar with.
I can't comment on movements; I don't know the first thing about them.
I've also seen them at Costco, but I don't think that says anything one way or the other. I work for a guitar manufacturer, and Costco is definitely not one of or authorized dealers. Still, our guitars pop up on their website from time to time. Not sure how they get them, but they do. I've seen the TT1 Diver there, and one other model (don't recall what it is).
For me, Oris represents a great value in a watch. Sure, prices have gone up on them, but what product hasn't seen price increases? Heck, I just paid four bucks for a gallon milk. Everything goes up in price, and most things go up on a regular basis.
Before I bought my Omega Seamaster, I was a breath away from buying the TT1 Diver, and I'd have had no regrets, whatsoever. The only reason I bought the Omega was because the deal was simply too good to pass up. Otherwise, I'd have been sportin' Oris #2...