Baselworld 2018: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Alarm Limited Edition Watch

By Cody D. Smith

Oris, has made a name for itself over the past several years and this year is no different, they have listened to their fans and have unveiled a new creation that has a few complications that have been executed in a striking way. Meet the new Big Crown ProPilot Alarm. This 44mm behemoth features an alarm, something that there has been a demand for in more recent times. The whole design has been carried out perfectly, and at only 250 pieces made this will be a tough one to get around your wrist.

Design and Features

Oris is no stranger to the wrist alarm concept; after all, they made them starting back in the 1940’s. It is an unexpected turn today to have an alarm option on a new pilots watch but it has made for one great timepiece with superior legibility.

We see with this new ProPilot addition that Oris is trying to be ambitious and make a true timepiece. The Big Crown was originally designed in 1928 and the design still lives today in this aviation giant. The crown at the two o’clock position is for adjusting the time and the date while the one at the four o’clock controls the alarm function and the water resistance is rated at 100 meters.

The bezel gets its inspiration from the turbines of a jet engine, with a polished, twisted look that is a finishing detail that is tastefully done. Yellow has been used to highlight the tip of the central alarm hand as well as the date function. The date is an unusual design featuring a central circular cutout with the dates displayed on the wheel with a yellow indicator hopping from day to day around the circle in the dial. These little details make this new Big Crown ProPilot Alarm a truly well thought out design.

The closing touches on this watch are the shield on the caseback which add to the overall funky out of the box look of the watch. The strap is in brown alligator framed by white stitching, and the clasp is designed in a similar way to an aircraft seatbelt buckle, continuing with the pilot watch theme. Be sure to check out the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Alarm, a definitive aviation watch with a complication that any watch enthusiast will lust for and find interesting. For more info, visit Oris online.