For those of you who have read our review of the edition that celebrates the 80th anniversary of the date of Big Crown Pointer, this new novelty was signed oris It will be very familiar to you. But in addition to its exquisite chocolate tones, this watch presents a new novelty for the Swiss brand: a solid bronze dial. Before discussing it in detail, let’s take a little leap into the past.
Big Crown: a historic aviator watch
Without aviation, it is possible that wristwatches have never seen the light of day. The birth of air transport created a radical change in the approach to watch design, completely reconsidering the indication of time directly on the wrist. Therefore, just 6 years after the creation of Oris, the Brand’s first aviator watch It was born It was in 1910. In 1917, it presented a unique system that allows the clock to be adjusted by pressing a button located above the crown (the model has been recently reissued by Oris). And in 1938, the Big crown pointer date Born: fluted bezel, large crown, additional central hand to indicate the date, then large Arabic numerals to ensure a quick time reading. Symbol of the revival of Oris and 80 years later, the Grand Crown follows these same principles and is refined to meet urban needs, while obviously technically improved.
Bronze, bronze and bronze!
More than a simple trend, bronze has been established in a few years as an essential material for watchmaking houses. While the Hölstein-based brand brilliantly revisited the famous Big Crown Pointer Date in 2018, it was the model that celebrated the 80th anniversary of the collection with its bronze case and green dial that created the surprise. Become one of the brand’s best sellers, this model evolves even more today with a chemically treated bronze dial after covered with a matt transparent lacquer To achieve this chocolate effect. Beyond the oxidation of the case that will create a unique patina over time, is the same dial of this Oris Big Crown that from the first pose on the wrist will look a tone that makes each piece unique.
To animate this model, the Swiss brand has integrated its Oris 754 caliber. In fact, it is a Sellita SW200-1 movement modified and completed by an internally developed module that allows you to indicate the date through a fourth hand. The characteristics of this automatic movement, knows them well because it follows the Swiss standards: walking frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and 26 rubies for 38 hours of power reserve. On the precision side, this caliber deviates by – / + 12 seconds per day on paper, even if we observe better performances in the chronocomparator (6 seconds per day). Well adjusted, he is also dressed because Oris has added his famous swinging weight red.
With its elegant lines and its huge bronze box that measures 40 mm wide 12 mm thick (domed sapphire crystal included), this watch has ideal dimensions for most male wrists, as well as considerable delicacy. As with almost all bronze watches on the market (skin contact is required), the back of its case is made of stainless steel and automatic movement is shown here. In terms of water resistance, it is not surprising since it is a city clock, it is 5ATM: authorized light immersion. Let’s not forget another element that is not trivial: its bracelet. In fact, this is in goat leather which gives its brown color a very atypical texture, a bit like suede but with grain and a rougher appearance. Finally, this Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is delivered in a original leather case with a warranty card inserted in a card holder, as well as a microfiber cloth as a topographic map of the region where the headquarters of the brand is located. In short, it is an excellent watch full of attention that is really worth the detour. For us, it is a great crush. Its price : € 1,800.
Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date / Features Watch
- Living place: Bronze / Brushed Finish
- Width: 40mm
- Length: 48.4mm
- Thickness: 12mm
- Entrecorne: 20mm
- Type of glass: Double Dome Sapphire Crystal / Anti-Reflective Treatment
- Luminescence: SuperLuminova
- Bottom Box: transparent
- Movement: Automatic / Caliber Oris 754
- Power reserve: 38 hours
- Bracelet Brown goat leather
- Buckle: Pin / Brushed Bronze
- Waterproof: 5 ATMs / 50 meters
- Warranty: 2 years