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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.

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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.

Help!
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...
 

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I guess I'll put in my two cents over here. I owned until just recently a Diver Date. It was a nice deep diver with a nice thick case like I like em'. It just never really did anything for me, I guess. I think that's evident by me never posting here even though I had one. I do think they are a little cultish. Not to the Panerai level, but in their own way. A little pricey? Yes. I also got turned off by the brand when the "Sopranos" series started shilling them heavily.
 

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I never knew the Sopranos connection, banned.
And Steve, I wasn't suggesting anything by mentioning Costco. Merely that I'd checked them out there. (I've seen Corum and Omega at Costco, too).
Oris seems solid, but maybe they don't inspire passion.
I've been tempted by the Sinatra, the Williams and a nifty (but useless) moonphase. Can't pull the trigger. I'm wondering if it's just me...
 

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Hi Boscoe,

I like what Oris offer. I think they give very good value for money. However, from my experience their quality levels aren't as high as Omega or Tag Heuer for instance. However, you aren't paying the same money. The Oris Automatic Divers start at about 600 UKP (1200 USD). That seems very good value to me for such a substantial tool watch. They also do a lot of nice LEs which have been carefully thought out. I bought a LE Flight Timer about 15 months ago and I still love it, although, if I'm honest, not as much as my Omegas.







It's difficult to bracket them with another marque. Even Longines offer better quality at slightly higher prices IMHO.

I don't think they are a cult watch. I simply think they are not as popular as Omega, Tag Heuer, Longines, Maurice Lacroix, etc.

Bottom line: If you fancy an Oris and it makes you feel good about owning and wearing it you are bound to get very good value for money.
 

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Hey Boscoe and other Oris Fans.......... The second to the last season of Sopranos, when Christopher and the gang where involved in the making of the "Cleaver" movie, Christopher attended the SAG Awards. At the pre-award gift basket presentation area, Oris had a huge display area set up. The sales woman actually showed two or three models up close while deciding which star should get which watch. Christopher asked for one, but was denied by the Oris rep. Later in the evening he robbed one of the movie stars outside of her gift basket to get the Oris. The remainder of the Sopranos series, every character except for Tony was prominently sporting Oris wrist wear.
 

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I just recently (at Xmas) got a TT1 Titanium Diver. I really like it. The story goes like this.
The GF gave it a Luminous face one. I really preferred the Black face so we took it back. Before exchanging it she insisted I check out other brands as well. So we went and looked at a Seamaster, Rado, Tag, Longines (new Diver). After considering them all I stayed with the ORIS.
I liked the design of the Dial better than the others although I did like the Longines.
I like the light weight of the Titanium bracelet which I think will be even better in Summer. While the watch did not cost me anything she did get a 20% discount and so she did not overpay. I think this has the Sellita movement in it and everything I have seen about them indicates they are a good quality movement on par with the previous 2824 eta. I am very "looks" oriented and this watch to me has the look I want that compliments my style. This is a sharp looking watch.
 

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Hmm.

Mr. Beeches that is a beautiful watch.
However, I now know what my next watch will be:

A Clerc CXX Scuba.

Why are you not surprised?
I want one too. I want the rubber strap model, but they are so hard to find.
A year ago Lior and JS on SNBC said they were getting them. First it was April, then August then october..then they never appeared to my knowledge.
Good luck in your quest. I am always on the lookout for one.
 

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Just because something is sold at Costco doesn't mean it's a low end item. You can get auto Tags and the much coveted Invicta time pieces, at Costco. lol.
Mike
Mike the Costco thing was merely to say that's where I've seen them. I see Omega there too.

I bought one Oris about two years ago and returned it on a bang for buck basis.
But the other watches I've seen seem very well made.

It's interesting some don't consider the brand's quality is up to snuff, relatively speaking.
 

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Man, i go away and work for a few weeks and come back to this :eek:hmy: :eek:hmy: :eek:hmy:

I don't even know where to start :confused1:

Cult watch? I don't think so ...... but maybe they could be as they hang around together at my house :T


Value?? I would put them up against any watch in the same price range. I believe ORIS is the best value is a Swiss mechanical watch out there. Far more bang for your buck than say Tag which most people compare ORIS with, and not all those cheap quarts models to go through .... all mechanical pieces in the collection.

Cosco?? You can find those Rolex things at my Cosco :001_rolleyes:, along with Tag, Omega, Corum, Gevril, ML, and many others. I dont believe Cosco is a bad thing ..... they get what they can sell, ORIS is popular and is wanted in the market place so they have them.

Sopranos connection? Oh yeah ..... ORIS USA is not far from where most of the Sopranos was filmed/taped. Im sure somebody knew somebody and got ORIS placed in the show. ORIS ad spending is far less than all the brands mentioned above combined so i think it was a great thing ..... my brand being on my my show :wink:




And as far as i knew only Vito wore a ORIS on his wrist.




Selita movement? Most manufacturers will have to switch from ETA movements soon unless they are part of the Swatch group. Selita movements have been a great replacement for the ETA's IMHO.

I feel its kinda nice not to have a watch on that everybody else in the world is wearing ........ i will keep my ORIS' :001_tt2:
 

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Oris:
1. Are they worth the money? Yes, I would judge them to be quite a good value for the money.
2. Cult watch? Given they are a smaller brand and less well known and given further that in the lower price ranges the Japanese brands like Citizen and Seiko predominate, I would have to say yes it's a cult brand in that sense. But they are a solid watchmaker who has been in business for 100 years and whose styles are pretty nice actually--innovative. Want something a little different on your wrist at a lower price? Oris is the way to go.
3. As someone noted above, all those manufacturers who were depending on ETA had a choice to make: either develop your own movements or switch to japanese. Given their production numbers and their segment of the market, I would say this was the smartest thing to do and I am not aware of any issues with reliability in their movements.
 
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