The latest watch to bring the independent Swiss company’s philosophy to life is the Oris Big Crown ProPilot GMT. It’s been designed for time-zone-jumping pilots and travellers, and features a newly developed Oris GMT movement.
The elite Big Crown ProPilot range launched in 2014 and continued the rich pilot-watch tradition Oris began in 1938 with the original Big Crown.
This new GMT model has a multi-piece 45mm case crafted from heavy-duty, matt-satin-finished stainless steel, and a coin-edged top ring inspired by jet engine turbines. The watch is water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres).
Inside it is Oris Calibre 748, a newly developed Oris automatic GMT movement. This gives the watch a second time zone, indicated via a yellow-tipped central hand that points to a 24-hour scale running around an outer dial ring.
Oris pilot’s watches have always focused on legibility – in the cockpit, a watch becomes an instrument, and it’s important to be able to read it at a glance.
To minimise glare, the ProPilot GMT has an anti-reflective coating on the inside of the domed sapphire crystal, while its white hour and minute hands are filled with Super-LumiNova®. The dial’s Arabic numerals are printed in Super-LumiNova®.
The Oris Big Crown ProPilot GMT automatic watch is available with textile, leather or stainless steel strap.
The textile strap is equipped with Oris’s patented folding clasp system, an intuitive design inspired by an aircraft safety belt. It’s released by lifting a tab marked ‘LIFT’, an aviation-themed solution that’s unique to Oris.
Model: Oris Big Crown ProPilot GMT, Reference 01 748 7710 4164 MB / LS / TS
Automatic winding GMT, small second, big date movement developed by Oris
Oris Calibre 748, base SW 220-1
Dimensions: Ø 32.20 mm, 14 1/4’’’
Centre hands for hours, minutes and 24 hours, subsidiary second at 9 h, enlarged date window, instantaneous date, date and 24 hour corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Vibrations: 28’800 A/h, 4 Hz
Multi-piece stainless steel case with a matt satin-finish
Case diameter: 45mm
Lug width: 22mm
Water resistance to 10 bar/100m
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed case back with see-through crystal
Screw-in stainless steel crown
Black dial with printed Arabic numerals filled with Super-LumiNova® BG W9, same as hour and minute hands, black dial ring with 24 hours second time zone
24h pointer hand for second time zone, date at 3 o’clock and small second at 9 o’clock
Green textile strap with stainless steel folding clasp
Also available with black textile strap, leather strap or stainless steel metal bracelet
Swiss Retail Price: CHF 2,100