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In 1938, Oris introduced a pioneering watch for pilots. It had an oversized crown so that glove-wearing airmen could easily adjust it, and an unusual display of the date with a central pointer hand. Eight decades later, the Big Crown Pointer Date continues the lineage that has become one of the most recognizable Oris designs.

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To mark the 80th anniversary of this landmark watch, Oris has created the Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition, a special piece with a 40mm case, fluted bezel and oversized crown cast in bronze, and a striking green dial. Oris has chosen bronze for the case material in part because of its current popularity, but also because it’s a utilitarian material that matches the brand’s industrial approach to watchmaking. Bronze takes on a natural patina over time so that each watch will take on a unique finish as it is worn. And as a natural color code for bronze, the deep green of the dial also has a natural feel, complementing the 40mm buff tone case. A double domed sapphire covers the dial, with a mineral crystal exhibition back showing off the automatic movement within. Retail price is right at $2,000 and it looks like they are holding their value very well in the secondary market. More details at www.oris.ch