The new Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer marks the 20th anniversary of Oris’ first world timer introduced in 1997. Ideal for globetrotters, it’s a GMT/dual time zone watch that features an innovative bezel-adjustment system. Turn the bezel clockwise and local time moves forward in one-hour jumps; anti-clockwise and it jumps back an hour, even adjusting the date backwards (a feature patented by Oris) over midnight.
In terms of looks, this is a true Pilot’s watch and is offered in two versions, an anthracite dial (for a more dressier look) and a black dial. The new version retains the general aesthetics of the original. It’s extremely easy to read and easy to use. The numerals and hands are well balanced. You definitely don’t want something too over the top in a watch like this. Home time is neatly combined with the day/night indicator and the date on the recessed sub-dial at 3, while local time takes centre stage. A recessed running second sub-dial sits at 9 o clock and completes the set of indications for this watch.
The 44.7mm stainless steel case is apt in our books considering legibility is key here. The sharp face, distinctive coin-edged bezel with a polished top ring and knurled big crown hits all the right notes.
Oris has integrated their Calibre 690, an adaptation of the ETA 2836-2 into their new WorldTimer which is clearly visible through the sapphire caseback. The movement features 38 hours of power reserve and operates at 4Hz, or 28,800 vibrations per hour.
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.
‘This is a significant moment in the history of the Oris Worldtimer,’ said Oris Chairman Ulrich W. Herzog, who also oversaw the launch of the 1997 original. ‘In the year of its 20th anniversary, we’re delighted to be introducing another innovative timepiece that has real-world value to pilots and international travellers. At heart, this is still a pure pilot’s watch – we enjoy great support from the aviation community and we’re very proud to have produced a design tailored to its needs.’
Price in Australian Dollars:
Textile strap: RRP AUD $4,800
Louisiana alligator leather strap or metal bracelet: RRP AUD $5,000