Quick Take: Oris Classic Date

 I just purchased this Oris Classic Date in Rose Gold (reference 7594) on a gold and steel bracelet.

It was originally purchased from the AD in September 2020 and I bought it from the original owner last week. It looks to have never been worn or sized.

I quickly sized it for my wrist. There is a micro adjustment in the clasp and the articulated links are easy to take out of the bracelet for more comprehensive adjustments.

I’ve been wearing the watch on and off for a few days and here are my initial impressions.

First, I don’t think I’ve ever worn a watch as legible as this one. A millisecond glance is all it takes to know what time it is. Some watches need a few seconds for you to figure out what’s going on. Not this one. Shiny large hands on a simple black face are very useful.

I love the deep black face with the concentric bands of texture. This is a classy watch dial, set off by the hands and markers in rose gold. I prefer rose gold over yellow, and it’s nice to see a watch that matches my wedding band. Up util recently I was not a gold jewelry guy (other than my wedding band) but the two-tone look is growing on me.

The band is very comfortable and the brushed stainless steel clasp is excellent – looks good and feels good. It’s a little out of place on a glossy band however – a hidden clasp my be more appropriate.

Nice band and very nice clasp

The band is comfortable but I’m not sold on the aesthetics – it flat and I wonder whether more curvature, like a beads-of rice or Jubilee style would be more visually pleasing. As it is it’s neither here nor there, and I suspect the contrast and detail is very good-looking at a distance – others may admire it more than I do looking down at my wrist. That was the case with the Milanese mesh bracelet on my Glycine Combat Sub – I grew tired of it but I got compliments from others.

The watch is keeping excellent time (~+4-5 sec/day) and it’s fun to see the Oris 733 (Sellita SW-200-1) movement through the sapphire caseback. Very smooth winding.

For my wrist, this watch is just a little too big. At 42MM it overpowers a little. At 40MM it would be ideal. I would love to try one at 36mm but that may be too small for me.

For that reason while I love wearing this watch I probably won’t hold on to it forever, and I’ll have to satisfy my dress watch fix somewhere else. The Oris Artelier Chronometer in gold and silver has caught my eye – 40MM, chronometer grade of the same movement as in this one, gold on textured silver dial.

But for now I’m really digging the rose gold.


~ by silverfacestereo on November 22, 2020.

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