Big Crown Pro Pilot: The Sports Conservative

Both these Oris Big Crown ProPilot Big Date watches are all-purpose tools with great aviation characters and decent, sport-styles. Their 100m water resistance makes them fit for professional sea-work not exceeding a depth of 300 feet. These lifestyle pilot watches don’t necessarily look like you need to fly a plane. Besides, they offer one of the best values which makes the Big Crown ProPilot watches so compelling!

The Big Crown Pro Pilot watches are something we haven’t seen in a while. They are vastly different from the modern aviator timepiece concept. They occupy the landscape between very sporty and decently formal. The Big Crown Pro Pilot is always a dressier option among purpose-driven watch designs, offering a brand new look that’s versatile and very much expected from straight-forward tool watches.

The Big Crown Pro Pilot cases are; however, not big. They are 41mm and 44 mm across and 13mm thick (inclusive of the domed sapphire crystals), which makes it lay low on the wrist. They easily get inside your shirt cuff.

The finishes make the case designs appear more attractive. The industrial-style single finishing in brushed and mirror-polished accents complements the turbine-styled bezels, their distinctive feature.

The dials of these two vary a lot! Common features include raised hour markers and properly-sized hands. Both are also very readable. You may call the first one a minimalist watch while the second one features small-seconds and GMT.

The lume is good, if not excellent. None of the watch faces offer much decorative flair, which is a good thing for them showing taste in subtlety. For them, these Pro Pilots will be their all-purpose, dressy-style conservatives with the flairs of a sports watch! The dark gray as a dial color goes with most outfits pretty well. The use of nicely domed sapphire crystals enhances legibility and reflecting back less of glare when viewed directly in Sun light.

Inside the watches sit two different Oris calibers; 748 and 751. The caliber 751 automatic movement is based on the Swiss Sellita SW220-1, Oris adds to it a signature red rotor. The 751 has 26 jewels; operates at 4Hz with a 38-hours power reserve. Oris didn’t mod the movement much.

They do that with the 748. They added 2 more jewels to it; the GMT, small seconds and big date to the same base movement. Plus, the red, winding rotor stays. Frequency stays the same.

The clasps are different also for the two. One got a buckle clasp; for the other, it’s a deployment, based on the opening mechanism of cockpit seatbelts. Both look cool and are equally comfortable in their operations. They are simple and straight-forward. Those looking for half-links, micro-adjusts and screw bars between the links; choose from the Oris Divers. Even then, the buckle clasp stays a favorite. They are more simplistic and the best ones too come for a reasonable price.

Watches mentioned in this post are listed below.  Click to see details and buy them: