Oris is the pioneer in aviation watches, the Big Crown being one of the finest and most enviable collections offered by them. Created to serve the American pilots and navigators during World War II, the Big Crown has since evolved into a technological marvel while still retaining its original reliable framework. The line initially offered big, robust watches that could be worn with ease above the pilot’s gloves, with large crowns that were easy to operate even while the gloves were still on. The immaculate reliability of these watches set the pace for one of the greatest wins in history. The collection houses several variations with astounding features to please the watch aficionados.
The cases of watches from the Big Crown are constructed from stainless steel, with PVD coating in certain models. The most distinguishing feature of this line lies in its fluted bezel, which instantly adds a layer of ruggedness to the watches. The masculine appeal of these watches is enhanced by the bold Arabic numeral time markers and oversized hands that in some versions come with intricate carvings and luminescence filling. The feature that gives the collection its name, the big crown, is aptly emphasized in every piece, with fluted edges resembling the bezel. The dial is available in shades of black and white, and is guilloche worked in some instances. Strap options include leather and textile.
Watches from the Big Crown series operate on automatic winding movement for immaculate time keeping. The top glass is sapphire crystal, domed on both sides, with anti-reflective coating on both surfaces. The secondary functions offered by watches from this line include a date window or pointer date, day of the week, second time zone, moonphase window, and stop second. The recently launched ProPilot comes with a feet scale altimeter.