The latest addition to Oris’s critically acclaimed Big Crown ProPilot line looks every bit at home on the ground as it does at altitude. The new Big Crown ProPilot Day Date is a style-conscious piece that comes on a range of straps so it can be tailored to match a favourite suit, whether of the flight or three-piece variety.
Oris has been making pilot’s watches since 1938 when it introduced the first of its Big Crown family. That watch’s crown was far larger than on a conventional wristwatch, designed so pilots in ice-cold cockpits could wind or adjust the watch without having to take their gloves off.
Today’s Big Crown ProPilot line, introduced in 2014, is the latest expression of that rich tradition. Each watch in the collection features an oversized crown, as well as a coin-edged bezel inspired by jet-engine turbines, open dials with printed, clearly legible Arabic numerals, and Swiss Made mechanical movements.
This new Day Date model becomes the first ProPilot designed as much for life on terra firma as in the air. It’s been carefully modified to feel more stylish and urbane, while still capturing the spirit of a tool watch made for pilots.
The difference is in the details. Its bezel is topped by a polished stainless steel ring; its hands are edged in polished nickel; and the anthracite dial has an elegant sunray finish. Combined, these give it a touch of sophistication where most pilot’s watches opt for a more utilitarian look.
The new watch also comes with the choice of straps:a vintage brown leather option with beige stitching; a grey leather strap with a crocodile imprint; a more traditional black leather strap; a grey textile strap; or a brushed stainless steel metal bracelet.
Inside its 45mm brushed stainless steel case is an automatic mechanical movement with day and date functions. The watch has a mineral crystal case back, through which the wearer can see the signature Oris Red Rotor.
The Big Crown ProPilot Day Date will be available from May 2016, priced CHF 1,650.
Model: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date
Ref. No. 01 752 7698 4063 LS, Ø 45.00mm
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 752, based on Sellita SW 220-1, with day and date at 3 o’clock
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel security crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with see-through mineral glass
Anthracite dial with printed numerals filled with Super-LumiNova®
Polished nickel hour and minute hands, filled with Super-LumiNova®.
Polished nickel second hand
Dark brown, grey and black leather strap with stainless steel folding clasp
Also available with a grey textile strap or a metal bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp
Swiss retail price CHF 1,650