Independent Swiss watch brand Oris presents Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer, a watch that can be adjusted to different time zones, simply by rotating the bezel.
This Oris-developed innovation is an update to the Oris Worldtimer launched in 1997 and now marking its 20th anniversary. The original watch featured plus and minus pushers on the side of the case that when pressed adjusted the local time forwards or backwards in one-hour jumps, without the need to pull out the crown or stop the running of the watch. It also featured small seconds, home time and day/night indicators, and an Oris-patented mechanism that meant the date would keep track of the time adjustment, even if that meant going backwards over midnight.
Today, Oris is taking its world time complication to a new level. The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer has the same functionality as the 1997 innovation, only now the pushers have gone and local time is adjusted by rotating the bezel. Rotating the bezel clockwise moves the central hour hand forwards in one-hour jumps; anti-clockwise back in one-hour jumps.
The watch carrying this groundbreaking innovation sits in the Big Crown ProPilot line, Oris’s critically acclaimed pilot’s watch collection. It features the ProPilot’s signature coin-edged bezel, a design inspired by jet engine turbines that also makes the bezel easy to grip when adjusting local time.
Oris’s spirit of innovation continues in the buckle found on the versions of the watch with leather and textile straps. The buckle features an Oris-patented stageless length adjustment system that’s based on the airplane safety-belt principle. The watch is also available on a stainless steel bracelet.
There will be two versions of the watch. The first has an anthracite dial and a polished top ring on the bezel, and is aimed at stylish business travellers. The second has a black dial and a brushed top ring on the bezel, glare-proofing it for life in the cockpit. Both feature an automatic mechanical movement, in keeping with Oris’s philosophy to only make mechanical watches.
Model: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer
Ref. No. 01 690 7735 4063 LS, Ø 44.7 mm
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 690, based on ETA 2836-2, with adjustable hour hand for local time, subsidiary second time zone with hour and minute hands and day and night indicator (home time) at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock. Date window at 3 o’clock with patented backward date adjustment function
Coin-edged rotating bezel with polished top ring for local time adjustment
Local time hour hand moved forwards or backwards by turning bezel clockwise or anti-clockwise
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in security crown
Water-resistant to 10 bar/100 metres
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with transparent mineral glass
Anthracite dial with sunray pattern and Super-LumiNova® printed numerals
Polished nickel hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
White small seconds and second time zone hands
Dark brown Louisiana crocodile leather strap with Oris-patented buckle for stageless length adjustment
Alternatively available with dark brown or grey calf leather strap, with stageless length adjustment buckle, or stainless steel metal bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp
Swiss retail price CHF 3,600 with Louisiana crocodile leather strap or metal bracelet, CHF 3,400 on calf leather strap
Ref. No. 01 690 7735 4164 MB, Ø 44.7 mm
Version with brushed revolving case bezel and black dial
Stainless steel metal bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp
Alternatively available with dark brown Louisiana crocodile leather strap with Oris patented buckle for stageless length adjustment, or olive or black textile strap with Oris-patented buckle for stageless length adjustment
Swiss retail price CHF 3,600 with Louisiana crocodile leather strap or metal bracelet, CHF 3,400 on textile strap