It took Oris over 35 years to finally come out with a new in-house movement, when they originally introduced the caliber 110, back in 2014. But its follow up caliber 111 would follow one year afterwards and it serves as the backstory for what we are being offered today. Re-introducing the “Oris Big Crown ProPilot Caliber 111” now with a fine looking blue sun-ray dial.
The brand was celebrating their 110th anniversary at the time, so they released the descriptively titled “Oris 110 Years Limited Edition” (Ref#: 01 110 7700 6081-Set LS). It wasn’t their first in-house movement, but it had been so long since the previous one that it felt special. We’re referring to the caliber 110, whose name served as a reference to the 10 day power reserve it was capable of; as well as the 110th anniversary Oris was celebrating.
Then one year after Oris surprised us with their return to developing in-house movements, Oris issued a new timepiece titled “Oris Big Crown ProPilot Caliber 111” (Ref#: 01 111 771 4163) with an anthracite dial. And as the name clearly stated, it came equipped with their then new caliber 111. It’s basically the previous caliber 110 which was on a limited edition watch of only 110 manufactured pieces; but then appeared on this current production piece reworked to provide more stability over the full length of the power reserve and renamed caliber 111.
Both these watches belong to the “Artelier” collection, which Oris reserves for their in-house developed calibers and versatile designs; embodying their commitment to heritage and innovation in horology. A fitting collection for a timepiece that manages to successfully combine the aesthetics of a pilot watch with the extra-long power reserve movement. But this watch was already available with the aforementioned anthracite dial version (Ref#: 01 111 7711 4163) and the true novelty this time around is the introduction of a blue sun-ray dial version. Oris also features “Big Crown ProPilot” models in their “Aviation” collection without the caliber 111. Like this recently reviewed “Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer” we reviewed here.
The 44mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of mechanical movement. Mounted to the case is a knurled stainless-steel bezel. Equipped with a screw-in security crown and thick lugs for a secure wrist fit. Topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists in assuring that water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue sun-ray dial with applied raised white Arabic numerals, followed by smaller white minute index markers, circling around the dial near the bezel. There are two sub-dials: a power reserve indicator at the 3 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. The central hands and Arabic numerals have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture at the 9 o’clock position.
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Caliber 111 Blue
This “Oris Big Crown ProPilot Caliber 111 Blue” (Ref#: 01 111 7711 4165 LS) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 111 with 40 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 10 days, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is either a: brown crocodile leather strap, black textile strap or a stainless-steel bracelet. It comes in a special luxury wooden presentation box and will become available starting December 2017. For more up to date information and to visualize the various strap and bracelet options, visit the official Oris website here.
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