Introduced in 1997, ORIS Worldtimer is a multiple time-zone watch designed for individuals travelling and communicating over vast distances.
Soon after its launch, this automatic timepiece won the silver medal (second place) in the “Best Watch of the Year 1997” awards by Swiss watch magazine “MontrePassion – Uhrenwelt”).
The ORIS Classic Worldtimer watch is equipped with Calibre 690, an innovative self-winding mechanical movement based on ETA 2836-2.
The Classic Worldtimer exists in two case sizes: 35mm and 37.50mm. Made of stainless steel, this timepiece is also available in gold-toned versions. This watch was offered with a leather strap or metal bracelet.
Calibre 690 is a 30 jewel movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. It displays two time zones. The first one is displayed on the main dial using centrally placed hour and minute hands.
At 3 o’clock, the watch has a subsidiary dial with hour and minute hands for indicating the second time-zone. At 9 o’clock, the dial features a small seconds counter with a red hand. The date window is placed at 6 o’ clock.
The hands displaying the hours and minutes of both time zones are treated with luminescent coating. The dial also features two triangle markers: first with a plus sign at 4.30H and the second with a minus sign at 7.30H. These markers remind the user about the positions of plus and minus pushbuttons for adjusting the local time.
By pushing the plus or minus button, the local time moves backwards or forwards by one hour without affecting the watch’s timekeeping. The second, analogous time indicator simultaneously tells the time in a different zone at a glance.
The watch also features an additional day and night indicator. When you adjust the local time backwards or forwards across the date change, the date indicator also changes automatically.
Model: ORIS Classic Worldtimer
Stainless steel case
Water resistant to 50 m
Screw down security crown
Anti-reflex sapphire crystal
Stainless steel screw back with mineral crystal
Cal. Oris 690, Worldtimer, base ETA 2836-2.
Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2”’, bi-directional automatic winding, ball bearing, 30 jewels, Incabloc, Glucydur balance, 28800 A/h, 4 Hz, power-reserve 38 h, fine timing device and stop-second
Simultaneous indication of 2 individual time-zones
Centre hands for hours and minutes (T1)
Centre hour hand T1 with forward or backward setting device, hour by hour, commanded by two pushers
Subsidiary dial with hours and minutes (T2) at 3 h including day and night indicator
Subsidiary second at 9 h
Date window at 6 h
The date is synchronized with the centre hands T1. Automatic forward or backward rotation of date if hour hand of T1 is set forward or backward over midnight. Quick date setting device.
- Oris Worldtimer Reference 690 7485 40 61 LS: 37.50 mm steel case, White dial with luminous indices and luminous hands. Genuine croco leather strap in black.
- Oris Worldtimer Reference 690 7486 40 51 MB: 35 mm steel case, water resistant to 50 m, White dial with luminous indices and luminous hands. Metal bracelet with safety buckle.
- Oris Worldtimer Reference 690 7485 40 64 LS: 37.50 mm steel case, Black dial with luminous indices and luminous hands. Genuine croco leather strap in black.
- Oris Worldtimer Reference 690 7486 45 51 MB: 35 mm stainless steel case with gold PVD-plating (equal to 10 micron gold plating), Champagne silver guilloche dial, Metal bracelet with safety buckle. Also available with leather strap (ref. 690 7486 45 51 LS).
- Oris Worldtimer Reference 690 7485 40 65 LS: Ø 37.50 mm stainless steel case, Blue dial with Arabic numerals, Genuine croco leather strap in blue. Also available with metal bracelet (ref. 690 7486 40 65 MB).
- Oris Worldtimer Jules Verne 1998 Limited Edition: The Oris Worldtimer Jules Verne limited edition was introduced in 1998 in a limited edition of 250 pieces, each individually numbered. This 18 carat rose gold watch was released as a tribute to Jules Verne’s adventure novel, “Around the World in 80 Days”.