Real watches for real people Milestones Oris was founded in 1904. Since the management buy-out in 1982, the company has been privately owned mainly by the board members and the management. In 1985, long before the recent mechanical watch hype, Oris focused on the manufacture of mechanical watches only. Today the strategy remains the same. Oris makes watches for people who are passionate about mechanical movements and who look for genuine, contemporary values. The collection is geared to fulfil consumer needs within the four Oris worlds of culture, diving, aviation and motor sport: real watches for real people.