AFFORDABLE LUXURY WATCHES OF THE YEAR: Winner: Oris Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition

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The Big Crown Automatic stainless steel silver dial men’s watch hits the bullseye with this year’s trend for retro styling.

The watch faithfully recreates elements of a timepiece Oris recently discovered in its archives covering the 1910s including its onion-shaped big crown, early 20th century Arabic numerals, blued steel hands, and domed glass.

Even the vintage Oris logo has been revived.

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The design may be retro, but the internal workings are brand new, with Oris creating the Calibre 732 for the timepiece.

The movement has a quirky feature straight from the archive watch: its hours and minute hands can only be adjusted when its pusher at 2 o’clock is pressed so that fidgety pilots didn’t accidentally get the time wrong.

Only 1917 units of the £1310 Big Crown Limited edition were made this year, but we hope Oris will revisit that decision and keep this classic going.

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