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***SOLD***Oris - A Vintage Mechanical Shock Proof Watch - with Accented 20 Minute Dial - c.1980s


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Oris Stainless Steel Watch, circa. The 1980s with Unusual Highlighted Markers for the First 20 Minutes of The 'T Swiss Made T' Dial, in Excellent Condition!

Oris SA is a Swiss luxury manufacturer of mechanical watches. The company was founded in 1904 and is based in Hölstein in the canton of Basel-Landschaft.

Oris was founded by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in the Swiss town of Hölstein. They bought the recently closed Lohner & Co watch factory, and on June 1st, 1904, the two men entered into a contract with the local mayor. They named their new watch company Oris after a nearby brook, and they began the industrial manufacture of pocket watches. In its founding year, Oris employed 67 people.

In 1906, the firm opened an assembly plant and second factory in the nearby town of Holderbank. Another factory followed in Como in 1908. By 1911, Oris had become the largest employer in Hölstein, with over 300 workers. To entice more watchmakers, it built houses and apartments for its staff, and it expanded so that by 1929 it had additional factories in Courgenay (1916), Herbetswil (1925), and Ziefen (1925).

With the opening of the Ziefen factory and the electroplating plant in Herbetswil, Oris expanded its product range. The company began to fit bracelet buckles to its pocket watches, thereby transforming them into fully-fledged wristwatches.

What’s On Offer 

A smart and rather retro number from Oris here. The black dial is in great shape and the handsome Alpha hands with white lume have remained intact and sharp with a funky arrowhead seconds hand completing the picture. The metallic applied minute and hour markers are in excellent condition and from 12 to 4 the applied mustard and white minute markers around the first twenty minutes of the minute track give the dial a real design element and pop of colour. The faceted bezel and lugs are sharp and the proportions of this watch are ample for a contemporary piece! A pretty unique watch here at an affordable price point for any collector, a great daily wearer. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Stainless Steel

Dial: Black

Crystal: Plexi

Bracelet: Black Leather on Pin Buckle

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement type: Mechanical

Calibre: FF ST - 969N

Jewels: 17j

Waterproof: No

Power reserve: 48hrs

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent

Model Reference: 

Date of issue: c.1980s

Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS


Width: 35mm

Lug width: 18mm

Lug height: (lug to lug) 44mm

Wrist size: Adjustable