Off the Cuff: Oris Big Crown Calibre 473

Two years ago, Oris released the Big Crown Pointer Date 403. It was the popular model’s first in house movement in modern history (also used in the Limited Edition Hölstein)—an upgrade from the ETA and Sellita calibres powering previous iterations. The 403 was automatic and, like other calibres in the 400 series, anti-magnetic with a …

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Other Watchy Bits: What is a tool watch?

Tool watch is a term often used in the world of horology, but its definition is nebulous and murky and potentially controversial—if you are speaking to the wrong person. In simplest terms, a tool watch has at least one function, beyond timekeeping, for which it was designed. A dive watch, for example, is often equipped with a rotating bezel to track elapsed time while under water. A chronograph has one or more sub-registers which can be actuated to like a stopwatch. It may also work in conjunction with a tachymeter scale to calculate speed over distance.