Thought I'd share some pics of my Oris Big crown with pointer-date (circa 2009?).
Simple classic design and quite in the spirit of the older Oris watches.
The case back gives a good view of the ETA2836 inside. The red rotor was a Oris touch. The edge of the caseback has a coin-edged design, similar to the front of the watch. This improves the look of the caseback as the metal edge would look too big otherwise. Increasing the display window wouldn't work I think as that would only show the movement holding ring.
The line is still pretty decent..
And the bracelet is nice and supple.
But the design of the clasp is a bit plain.
Oris deserves credit as it was one of the brands which was instrumental in bringing back the Swiss watch industry back from brink of the abyss. In the late. 80s and early nineties, their classically designed watches using ETA movements sold well by focussing on the mechanical movements and using it as their USP. Their tag-line at the time was 'high-much', as seen on the rotor in the movement pic above.
This watch came my way as a part exchange for an Omega Constellation. The previous owner had gotten the Swiss watch bug but as he got deeper into the hobby he started to appreciate other brands. To be specific, he was getting into the 'manufacturer' brands as opposed to 'ebauche' brands. It's a shame as this watch is quite good as it is. Ah well, the previous owner should be into Pateks by now!.
Yesterday my Oris watch hit a tiled floor when the strap pin broke and the back crystal popped off. Being in a rush , I quickly pressed it back into position and left it for later investigation.
Today the crystal seems to be fixed in position, but I have no experience of removing or replacing these. Was a simple press of the thumb strong enough to do the job? How can I check, other then testing with my thumb nail. Are these a simple pop on fixing?
The rim lever is under the dial. The case has screw on front, body
with stem and crown, and screw on back. To change lever you must
remove movement from body. The movement. only will come out
the front and the movement. two screws that hold movement to
body are on rear of movement. Therefore, the front and back must be
removed, then take movement out of body. The inside body rim holds
lever in " locked " or " unlocked " position. A picture with case front
removed only shows the watch dial, the lever is under dial.
I guest this it the mystery, why would you make a watch that can be
put in case and the time cannot be set without removing movement
completely from case ?
I think you may be able to remove front, remove back, turn 2
movement holding screws 1/2 turn, tilt movement up just enough
to move rim lever then but back together.
I would take more pictures, but I had such a time with watch hands
I am not going to remove dial again.
I measured it out, but the measurements didn't line up with anything out of the Incabloc catalog. I took a step back, and assumed I was simply having a hard time getting a good measurement on such a small and flexible piece, and thought maybe I could approach it from the angle of seeing what would have come with whatever movement it was based on. Once I realized it was a Chinese original, I pretty much figured I was screwed. I placed my orders for everything else, and I guess it's just going back to the "art" bucket. My order from Switzerland finally made it to Queens, so hopefully I'll be moving on to movements worth buying parts for soon.
Thank you all for your response I appreciate your help
it looks like the stem position does seem to split opinions or may not be important.
i will be doing the switch later this week, so I’ll need some luck.
Anyone else willing to offer any advise, I’m all ears and will take onboard.
regards And thanks again
Does the movement actually need to be removed from the case in order to change the position on the lever or do you just need to unscrew the bezel holding the glass on the front of the case? Perhaps it would be useful to post a pcture of teh watch in its case with the case open.