On 1st June this year, Oris introduced the Hölstein Edition 2021, a 250-piece limited-edition version of the Big Crown pilot’s watch. Dressed in a 38mm stainless steel case, it is the first watch to house the in-house developed Oris Calibre 403, a new automatic from the Calibre 400 Series.
The Big Crown is Oris’s signature design. It’s been in the collection, in constant production, since 1938 when it was introduced as a tool for gloved airmen. It was named after its oversized crown, and designed to be easy to operate during flight.
The Hölstein Edition 2021 is based on the Big Crown and powered by Oris Calibre 403. Its stand-out function was a pointer date, a central hand that pointed to a date scale running round the edge of the dial.
The Hölstein Edition 2021 brings this story up to date with a special case inspired by the pre-war original. For this model, Oris has stripped back the fluted bezel and domed crystal; in their place are a flat bezel and sharper, crisper lines. The grey palette reflects the industrial methods Oris pioneered in the first half of the 20th century, while the newly developed numerals are based on references from the Oris archive.
Inside it is Oris Calibre 403, which shares the same base architecture and same high performance as our in-house Calibre 400 automatic – a five-day power reserve, elevated levels of anti-magnetism and a 10-year warranty. Added to these features are a small seconds at 6 o’clock and the famous pointer date function. It’s a class-leading movement created for the modern world, telling a much-loved story.
It’s also the first 38mm Big Crown this century, and each piece has the Oris Bear on the case back with its limited-edition number.
This is the second model from the Oris Hölstein series. Introduced last year, the first Hölstein watch is based on the brand’s Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph.
Model: Oris Hölstein Edition 2021
Reference: 403 7776 4083-Set
Multi-piece stainless steel case
Size 38.00 mm (1.496 inches)
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings
Operating devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Luminous material Indices, numbers and hands printed with Super-LumiNova®
Grey leather with quick strap change system
Water resistance 5 bar
Oris Calibre 403
Accuracy: -3/+5 seconds a day (within COSC tolerances)
Power reserve: 120 hours
Centre hands for hours, minutes and date, small seconds at 6 o’clock, fine timing device and stop-second
Extended to 10 years with MyOris sign-up
Applies to watch and movement
10-year recommended service intervals, five-year recommended water-resistance check
Limited edition 250 pieces, each delivered in a special cherry wood presentation box
Swiss retail price
June 2021 through Oris boutiques, the Oris eShop, and retailers with access to the Oris eShop