A review of the Oris TT2 Williams F1 Day Date watch
Oris is known for making superbly designed and manufactured wristwatches at prices lower than its competitors. The TT2 Williams F1 Day Date watch is no exception. It was designed to commemorate Oris’ sponsorship of the Williams BMW F1 racing team. The crisp lines of the Oris Williams F1 watch truly reflect the spirit of a technically leading sport.
The Oris TT2 Williams F1 Day Date watch comes with many features that you would expect from an Oris watch; Solid stainless steel case and bracelet, sapphire crystal and ETA 2836-2 movement. What is especially attractive is the luminous blue material used in the dial; we’ll talk about that later.
The case has a diameter of 40.5mm and is built in a three-piece design, which makes it quite unusual, as most watchmakers are abandoning this construction method: the fewer pieces, the fewer points of failure. The fit is impeccable and the three separate pieces have a polished / brushed / polished finish that gives it a very nice contrast. The case is tilted at the back in positions 3 and 9, which provides a very comfortable fit. The back of the display case is a very nice feature. Turns out, I like being able to see the inner workings of a wristwatch. Unlike most sports watches, the back is fixed with 4 screws instead of the usual screw on the back of the case; the use of screws gives the sporty and resistant look of the Oris Williams watch. Finally, the bezel is square, which makes the case appear larger and appear to stick out more of the case.
The dial appears to be made of blue carbon fiber, but it is not. In fact, the effect has been achieved by printing a pattern in blue on the black base dial. It would have been better if Oris had used blue carbon fiber, but unless you look very closely you can’t tell the difference. The outer dial is black and complements the blue dial. The day and date function is very nice, as are the polished stainless steel hour and minute hands that have been dipped in a luminous blue material for half their length, somewhat unusual as most of the Luminous hands of other watches generally run along the hand. . Blue luminous material is also used in each of the hour markers; the Arabic numerals 3, 9 and 12 are also made of a luminous blue material.
The large signed crown perfectly matches the style of the watch; the large size and grooves make it easy to roll. However, it doesn’t come with the added security of a screw-in crown.
Oris is known for making some of the strongest and most reliable bracelets. The Oris TT2 Williams F1 Day Date watch bracelet is no exception. It is constructed of solid stainless steel, with push-fit pins for the removable links. The bracelet tapers slightly from the swivel case links to the third link; again, this is a bit unusual for a sports watch, but it looks good on this particular watch. The clasp is a single button that opens and closes smoothly and stays strong and comes with the Oris logo as you would expect.
Many commemorative or sponsored watches are made to capitalize on some product or another with the build quality and aesthetics of the watch in the background. Not so with the Oris TT2 Williams F1 Day Date wristwatch. Its price is affordable for many consumers and its style and build quality matches if not outperforms many of its more expensive rivals.