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Oris Classic Culture Swiss Automatic Watches Review

Updated on March 15, 2011

Oris Classic Simplicity

Oris Classic Culture collection concludes the dressy line with an elegant and basic look that invokes, as the name suggests, a sense of classic simplicity. This is the only Oris collection where the logo plays a decorative role and assumes the role of an artistic element. The letters reaffirm the classic aesthetic: round, stable, simple and one sized, they epitomize the watch in a two syllable word, the lengthy sound lending the overall image a streak of nobility.

Oris Classic presents a single design that alters slightly depending on the variation – bracelet, strap, silver dial, black dial, and two tone. Subject to change are the extra cleanly defined Arabic numerals, which can be bigger in the lighter models, the size of the case (and the watch in general), and the thickness of the bezel. Breezy symmetry recreates Oris trademark harmony from a slightly different angle.

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Oris CultureOris RectangularOris Classic Sinatra WatchOris StrapOris TT1 Watch
Oris Culture
Oris Culture
Oris Rectangular
Oris Rectangular
Oris Classic Sinatra Watch
Oris Classic Sinatra Watch
Oris Strap
Oris Strap
Oris TT1 Watch
Oris TT1 Watch


Black dials opt for two scales, minutes indices near the edge and an inner circle of Arabic numerals. Oris Classic with white dials contain larger cyphers at quarter hours, interspersed with “shark tooth” hour indices.

The three ringed faces create a fascinating composition that looks strangely mysterious – not unlike a labyrinth. This symbolical association adds depth to the timepieces, once again proving that simplicity doesn't have to be plain.

Hands design was brought in from Oris Artelier – the same dagger shaped dangerous markers, covered with luminous substance.

Movements and Materials

Oris Classic watches employ stainless steel and some rose gold plating on the two-tone models. The collection's original name is “Oris Classic Date” -- referring to the only complication this line includes.

The date aperture is positioned at six o'clock and provides visual balance for the logo above the center.

The watches contain an automatic (self-winding) movement of 26 jewels and 38 hours of power reserve. The bi-directional red rotor propels the mechanism and the central hours, minutes, and seconds hands.


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