Relatively younger than some of the luxury names it competes with, Oris occupy a place of pride in every watch collection. Oris was founded by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in Holstein, at the turn of the 20th century. By 1911, they were the largest employers in Holstein, and by 1929, they had factories in 6 locations. Their product range also continued to expand and by 1925 they had transformed pocket watches into beautiful wristwatches. In 1938, Oris introduced the Oris Big Crown- a collection of wristwatches for pilots and started manufacturing their own watch escapements. As the name suggests, an oversized crown and a pointer calendar function characterized the big crown. In 1945, Oris was awarded a distinction for their pin-lever movement from the Bureau Officiel de Contrôle de la Marche des Montres in Le Locle. In 1952, they launched their first automatic watch powered by the Oris Caliber 601. A decade later, in 1965, Oris launched a Diver’s watch that would be re-released half a century later and become the company’s most successful piece. Today, Oris is a global leader in mechanical watches and divides its collections into 4 categories or worlds- diving, aviation, culture and motor-sport.