Oris is a manufacturer of Swiss luxury wristwatches, founded in 1904 by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in Hölstein. Although there are Oris brand quartz clocks in the 1980s, the company now produces only mechanical clocks.
The first branch of Oris was opened in 1906. Oris’s first factory was run by only 24 workers. ORIS employed more than 300 people in Hölstein in 1911, they built houses and apartments for the workers and became the largest employer in the area.
Shortly after the founder George Christian died in 1927, Oscar Herzog became the CEO of Oris, a position he held for the next 43 years.
Between 1946 and 1981, Oris owned ten buses, with which up to 800 workers were transported to its many factory sites. The original Oris factory, which was founded in 1904, was continuously expanded and from the 1960s Oris became one of the ten largest watchmakers in Switzerland.
Oris began producing the “famous automatic clockwork cal. 645 with 25-jewel lever escapement” 1966.
In 1991 the complication clock cal. 581 was developed, with moon phase display, weekday, date and a second time zone.
In 1968, Oris received a complete Chronometer certification from the Neuchâtel Observatory for the clockwork cal.652.
In 1996, Oris organized the Oris London Jazz Festival, which was one of Oris’ first major sponsorship events.
In 1997 Oris produced the Oris Hong Kong Memorial Clock to commemorate Hong Kong’s surrender to China. Oris produced a limited timepiece to represent 100 years of watch production. Only 1904 watches were produced to suit the date on which Oris was founded, each watch is individually numbered.
In 2009 Oris launched a limited edition for Bob Dylan.
Oris Swiss Watches website