Big Crown Calibre 403

The Oris new release that will go down in history

Maison Oris has just launched a new version of its emblematic watch Big Crown Pointer Date. This vintage-style edition features an in-house movement of latest generation and of remarkable performance.

By Nicolas Yvon

This is one good surprise by Oris for the end of the year. The brand unveiled a new Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403, just before Christmas. True to the original model of 1938, this watch differ from other references thanks to its smooth, and not fluted, bezel.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403
The new Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 reproduces the smooth bezel from the original model produced in 1938 for airmen.

The case size has also been reduced to 38mm diameter (40mm on the other models). Which is a good idea because it gives the timepiece a more timeless look. It still features (of course) an oversized crown. That was a specificity of the original watch so it could be operated by gloved airmen.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403
The Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 is intended to all wrists thanks to its 38mm diameter. 

There is still the famous “Pointer Date” hand with a red-pointed end that indicates the date. However, the designers have made some improvements on the dial. 

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403
Small seconds at 6 o’clock, new design for hands and numbers: the Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 dial displays its difference with elegance.

The brand has decided to remove the “cathedral” styled hands, and to put smooth ones. They have also thickened and redesigned the numbers. These aesthetical changes were inspired by the smooth bezel.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403, vintage style for a modern movement

After the dial, it is time now to talk about the heart of the watch. Oris has equipped this Big Crown Pointer Date of a high-performance automatic movement. This novelty originates from the latest generation in-house Calibres 400 series.

Calibre Oris 403
The high-performance Calibre Oris 403 was designed to look like the Oris Bear, mascot of the Maison.

This Calibre 403, equipped with a date hand and small seconds at 6 o’clock (which differs from the Calibre 400), is very resistant against magnetic fields and has a power reserve of five days. Visible on the case back, this calibre displays a chronometric accuracy of -3/+5 seconds per day (Oris test). It is even better than the Swiss Official Chronometer Control System (COSC) accuracy, which is -4 and +6 seconds/day.

Nouvelle Big Crown Pointer Date avec le Calibre Oris 403 automatique
The brand has placed a sapphire crystal on the case back of the new Big Crown Pointer Date, which allows us to observe the inner workings of the Calibre 403.

But wait, there’s more! Indeed, Oris is offering a 10-year warranty on this watch (you can register on MyOris). It also recommends a 10-year service interval and a water resistance control every five years. Which is rare in the watchmaking world. 

Last but not least, we still have to talk about the price of the new Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403. We have to admit that Oris has managed to surprise us again: only € 2,900 for this high-performance instrument. 

Our detailed data sheet on the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403.


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