Review: Oris Movember Edition 2018

A lovely vintage inspired watch for a good cause

Oris Movember Edition 2018
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Oris supports again the Movember Foundation with a new vintage-inspired piece: the Oris Movember Edition 2018. The new timepiece finds its origins in the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date. It has a nice colour scheme adorned by two cool straps personalised with the Movember Foundation logo. This is the hands-on review of the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Movember Edition 2018.

Oris is one of the brands that keep my interest always high. This year I was delighted by their novelties. I reviewed for Deployant the Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition and the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Bronze Ref. No. 01 754 7749 3167 LS. It was a pleasure to have them in my hands for a good study.

I discovered the Oris Big Crown pointer Date Movember Edition 2018 during Munichtime 2018. The brand organised a barbershop corner during the show that functioned under the lights of Oris. Before going into the watch presentation, have a look at the wrist shot clip below. I apologise for the bad quality of the video. In my defence, the clip was filmed after a day of shootings in unhandy conditions.

The Movember Foundation, under the motto “Stop men dying too young!”,  takes action against the main reasons of young men fatality: prostate cancer and testicular cancer, suicide and others.

Movember (a portmanteau of the Australian-English diminutive word for moustache, “mo”, and “November“) is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancertesticular cancer, and men’s suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.” – Wikipedia

Oris has set a target of raising 100,000 Swiss Franks from sales this year, for the Movember Foundation.

Oris Movember Edition 2018

Oris Movember Edition 2018
The Oris Movember Edition 2018 has strong roots in the brand’s original Big Crown watches. Note the Movember moustache on the strap

Vintage is the name of the game

The Oris Big Crown is a prominent name in the history of aviation watchmaking. Oris manufactures pilot’s watches since 1910. A niche in watchmaking, the pilots’ watches were the new big thing. Finding perfection in terms of accuracy and visibility is a process that never ends. The Oris Big Crown is a constant piece in the Hölstein brand catalogue. Being introduced in 1938, this pilot’s watch still serves as an inspiration for the actual collection.

The Oris Movember Edition 2018 is a variation of the of the “Original” Big Crown Pointer Date, launched this year at Baselworld. A bit strange is that I didn’t notice it during the show. I think the crazy good looking 36mm bronze version caught my attention. The “Original” comes with a price point of only €1,200. Considering the heritage, the vintage look and the price, I consider it a killer deal.

Oris Movember Edition 2018
A beautiful case with nice lines and a compelling look.

The Movember Edition 2018 comes with a pleasant combination of polished and brushed finishes on the case. The 40mm case has a three-part construction. The case’s body is mirror polished. The frontal sides of the lugs have a smooth satin finish realised with a fine vertical brushing. The lugs are slightly taller as the rest of the case creating a placeholder for the vintage looking knuckled bezel.

Oris Movember Edition 2018
The case is classic and lovely and I have to admit that I love this Movember version. Note the moustache logo on the strap.

Oris’ big crown looks rather proper on this piece. I know that, in theory, the crown is oversized for a facile setting and wounding, but for me is just natural – perfectly balanced with the rest of the watch.

Oris Movember Edition 2018
The crown is embossed with the brand’s logo. The design of the case with the knuckled bezel and “domed” crown makes the watch feel “natural”

When the dial is a classic

There is no better recipe for success as using proved, classic elements. Under a domed sapphire crystal can be observed a matt black dial. The layout is one of the most classical versions in the pilots’ watches.

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This sober black dial is often met in the classic/vintage pilot’s watches.

The black and gold styling is pleasant. The cathedral hours and minutes hands are gold plated and filled with Super-LumiNova® C3. Unfortunately, there were no conditions for a lume shot.

Oris Movember Edition 2018
The dial is adorned with gilt inscriptions with the name of the brand, name of the collection and watch movement type.

The watch features big Arabic numerals for hours indexes and a gilt outer rail track for minutes indications with  Super-LumiNova triangles at every 5 minutes (also double as hours markers).

Oris Movember Edition 2018
The red-tipped date indication is a trademark of the Big Crown Pointer Date

The date indication is realised by a gold plated hand with a red tip that reaches a set of indices placed between the inner bezel and the minutes’ track.

Final touches

The Oris Movember Edition 2018  comes with a nice brown strap with the Movember moustache logo. The Movember set also contains a textile strap with the moustache logo engraved on the buckle.

Oris Movember Edition 2018 comes in a pretty roll and it is accompanied by a textile strap
Oris Movember Edition 2018
Detail of the Movember brown leather strap

The Movember Edition watch is personalised further on the back. The screwed-in back-case is polished and bears the watch’s normal engravings: number, materials and so on. The Oris logo is surrounded by “Oris Movember Edition” and the Movember moustache.

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The caseback with the Movember personalisation

And the final words

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Movember Edition 2018 is an engaging piece. Beyond the heritage and the vintage-inspired look, the Movember 2018 is a watch with a mission. This watch must remind everyone that the men’s health is, at a worldwide level, deteriorating. This remark might sound misogynistic, health is important for every human being. But there is, sadly, another aspect that the Movember Foundation intends to raise awareness for: the high rate of suicide between men. “Every year, 500,000 men take their own lives – that’s one a minute.” – Oris. That is alarming.

We all face our demons. The Oris Movember is a reminder to: check our health, regardless of men or women, regardless of physical or psychological.

The Movember watch is a sign that you care. The price difference between the Oris Big Crown Original (€1,200) and the Movember (€1,800) is worth every dime. You get a wonderful watch with a powerful statement and you help the world to be a better place for those in need.

Oris Movember Edition 2018
A great wrist presence with a powerful message. The Oris Movember is a comfortable companion with a good legibility.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Movember Edition 2018 Specifications and Price

Reference: 

Case: Multi-piece stainless steel case with satin and polished finishes

Size: 40.00 mm, 1.575 inches

Dial/Hands: Black with 4N hands

Strap: Brown leather, stamped with Movember ‘Mo’ logo, pin buckle. Second fabric strap supplied with the watch.

Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside

Case Back: Stainless steel, screwed, special Movember engravings with Oris shield

Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-down crown

Luminous Material: Super-LumiNova® C3

Water Resistance: 5 bar

Movement

Number: Oris 754

Functions: Hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date centre hand, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second

Winding: Automatic

Power Reserve: 38 hours

Retail Price: CHF1,800 or €1,800

Available October 2018

For more information please visit Oris Website.

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