The latest addition to Oris’s Big Crown ProPilot line looks every bit at home on the ground as it does at altitude. Oris has been making pilot’s watches since 1938 when the manufacturer 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.
The new Big Crown ProPilot line, introduced in 2014, is the latest expression of the 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.
The new Oris Big Crown ProPilot Date Day model becomes the first ProPilot designed as much for life on solid ground 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. The bezel is topped by a polished stainless steel ring; its hands are edged in polished nickel, and the anthracite dial has a sunray finish. Combined, these characteristics give the watch a touch of sophistication and a less utilitarian look.
Inside its 45mm brushed stainless steel case works an automatic mechanical movement with day and date functions. This Oris caliber 752 is based on the Sellita SW 220-1. The case is water resistant to 10 bar or 100 meters and has a mineral crystal case back, through which the wearer can see the stignature Oris Red Rotor.
The new Big Crown ProPilot Day Date is a style-conscious piece that comes on a range 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.