Monday, December 8, 2008

My prize catch in Geneve

ORIS Small Seconds Pointer Date (NOS)
Caliber 644 Twenty seven jewels

I chanced upon this Oris in a small family run watch shop in Geneve. The shop also sells another five new-old-stocks, all in gold and silver rotors! If only funds were to allow, I can only purchase this one after a night of deep thought in the Geneve Minotel. Maybe when I return to Geneve in the future, the watches may still be lying in the showcase as shoppers will be more interested in the modern F1 and BC4 designs. Well, I certainly hope so!
This Oris has a radiant blue sunburst with contrasting red second hand and date hand. The hour hand is of a triangular semi-skeleton with lumed tip. Although the leather strap is of the Oris brand, I suspect this watch originally came on a metal bracelet. Maybe the watchmaker was in a situation to sell the stainless steel bracelet alone and then he later bought an Oris leather strap from the distributor.

Is there a correlation between "7476" and the caliber "644"?
Can the serial number reveal the production date?
If any Oris experts happen to read this post, please enlighten me!


Unknown said...

Stunning watch, I am on the lookout for a 7476 myself but can't seem to find them ANYWHERE. Ideas?

kohym said...

My friend, I have totally no clue. this was chanced upon when i was zipping thru the streets of Geneve..i was lucky :)

Anonymous said...

i have same watch, just to advise mine has same black leather strap, dont believe the modern classic every had steel braclets