The stories of Oris and aviation are closely linked. Oris was founded in 1904 at the dawn of aviation, debuting its first pilot’s pocket watch in the early 1910s. That was followed by the company’s first pilot’s wristwatch in 1917, a watch that featured an ingenious mechanism that meant the watch could only be adjusted when a button was pressed at 2 o’clock. The same essence of invention inspired the Oris Big Crown, which debuted in 1938. Its oversized crown meant gloved airmen could adjust their watches quickly and easily. Today, Oris’s pilot’s watch collection is full of innovative watches that are trusted by pilots all over the world.
Boasting an illustrious history of over a century, Oris has made dozens of high-functioning second time zone watches in its long history – but the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114 marks a new high point for the esteemed brand. Its 24-hour time zone, indicated by a central pointer hour hand, offers local time adjustment to the nearest half hour, useful if you’re travelling to or from countries such as India or Australia.
Sharing many of the design tropes of sister watches in Oris’s Big Crown ProPilot , the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114 also showcases the groundbreaking innovations of Oris’s growing in-house watchmaking programme. Calibre 114 is the fifth in-house developed movement released by Oris since 2014 and shares the same base architecture as Calibres 110 through 113. The 10-day power reserve is delivered by a single oversized barrel, while the inventive non-linear power reserve indicator, is managed by a bespoke worm gear designed exclusively for Oris’s movement suite.
Besides these characteristics, the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114 features a robust stainless steel case and a bold, clearly legible dial. And it comes on a variety of dials, case finishing, straps and bracelets to suit tastes and occasion.
All in all, the Big Crown ProPilot Calibre 114 is another example of Oris’s authentic approach to watchmaking. The independent Swiss company continues to make watches that make sense in the real world, watches that are used and trusted by specialists and worn by discerning watch buyers.