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Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm, With One Cool Oxblood Red Dial

Move over blue, here comes a winning shade of red.

| By Rebecca Doulton | 3 min read |
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm Oxblood Red Dial

Oris expands its Big Crown Pointer Date collection with the incorporation of this model with an oxblood dial. An unusual colour that is rarely seen in watchmaking, we think it works extremely well in this context. The technical specifications, the styling of the 40mm steel model and even the price have not altered, but the intense, dark red dial proves that there is plenty of room for a bolder colour palette in the iconic Big Crown Pointer Date family.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm Oxblood Red Dial


Lately, we’ve been covering a lot of Oris dive watches on MONOCHROME, in particular, the Aquis and Sixty-Five models, which are the stars of 2019. Well before Oris produced its first dive watch in 1965, the Swiss brand had made a name for itself with its Big Crown pilot’s wristwatch of 1938. Fitted with an oversized crown for pilots to manipulate without having to remove their gloves, another key trait was the original date complication.

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The Original 1938 Oris Pointer Date

Patented in 1915 by A. Hammerly, the date was indicated with an additional central pointer hand instead of a date window. Named after its famous ancestor, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is a fully-fledged family of vintage pilot watches and the backbone collection of the brand.

Flying colours

In 2018, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the Big Crown Pointer Date, Oris adopted some very smart marketing moves. The watch was presented in two case sizes (36mm and 40mm), in steel and bronze cases, and with a selection of very attractive dial colours – with a particularly effective light green dial colour inspired by a colour from Le Corbusier’s Architectural Polychromy. The variety of case size, material and dial colours added a breath of fresh air to the collection.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm Oxblood Red Dial

In the Mood for Vintage

The oxblood dial, which is technically a dark red colour with brownish hues (not to be confused with burgundy), sets off the vintage notes to perfection. The cathedral-shaped hands and the stylized typography selected for the Arabic numerals are textbook old-school pilot watch. Legibility is paramount in a pilot’s watch and the dark red dial contrasts well with all the markings. For additional legibility, the numerals and hands are all treated with beige Super-LumiNova. The additional hand for the calendar features the inverted arrow pointer picked out in red as it circles the peripheral date track.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm Oxblood Red Dial

Same Specifications as before

For the rest, the watch retains most of its specifications. We still have the 40mm case with brushed and polished surfaces, the fluted bezel (a motif that is also present on the caseback) and the typical oversized crown – what would be an Oris Big Crown without a big crown… The watch is overall pleasantly finished and has the same value for the money feeling as everything done by Oris.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm Oxblood Red Dial

The reverse of the watch reveals the Oris calibre 754 automatic movement – a Sellita SW 200-1 base, modified internally for the date complication – with the hallmark red bi-directional rotor. The movement has a power reserve of 38 hours and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. A robust, reliable, easily serviceable movement that helps to keep the price relatively low.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 40mm Oxblood Red Dial


This colour works so well in the collection that I wouldn’t be surprised if it appears again in the smaller 36mm version. It’s bold, it’s handsome and it’s unusual, a plus for those of you who are beginning to tire of the blue tidal wave. Well done Oris for daring!

The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Oxblood (reference 01 754 7741 4068) comes on a brown chamois deer leather strap with a choice of a stainless steel buckle or a folding clasp – also a rather unusual strap – and retails for CHF 1,550. More information at

7 responses

  1. Is it my imagination or have Oris increased their quality of late? They do seem to offer better finishing these days. The pointer hand is exquisitely painted and the case is extremely crisp.

  2. I really like this. I nearly bought that faded green/bronze anniversary one a few months ago, but held off. This looks like the perfect “jeans and sweater where you don’t want $10k+ on your wrist” kind of watch.

  3. Oh yeah! I have that problem all the time! I have found that my solid gold Vacheron Constantin is inappropriate when buying vegetables at my local market. I just HAVE to find something more restrained!

  4. Actually love that 1938 pointer/date more, but this watch seems to accent colors really well. Can not get on the 40 mm train, ever.

  5. Oris nails it again. Most likely one of the best kept secrets and underrated brands around. Hopefully it remains that way.

  6. Beautiful watch for sure…BUT not my to my exact taste. Just bought from Prestige Time at $1250 US. Willing to part with it at a cheaper rate if any are interested. Mint condition, all original packaging, blue/grey dial. Please email [email protected] for inquiries. Thank you

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