To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic “Oris Worldtimer”, the brand is releasing a new version dubbed: “Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer”.

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Originally introduced back in 1997, at the time the watch came equipped with plus and minus push-pieces on the sides of the cases. It allowed the timepiece to set the local-time forwards or backwards by one hour increments with each push given to these side buttons, without needing to pull out the crown or stop the movement. It also included day/night indicators and the patented Oris system that synchronizes the date with the time adjustment.


Earlier version of “Oris Worldtimer” (Ref#: 690.7581.40.51.LS) * Image courtesy of: Oris

Well this new 2017 version of the “Oris Worldtimer” is taking its technical achievements to new heights, although with its own particular nuances. The first thing we notice is the side pushers are gone on this updated model, instead now local-time can be set by rotating the bezel. This is a moment of much pride for Ulrich Herzog, the chairman of Oris who had revealed the original model back in 1997. And now 20 years later gets to unveil this new historic “Oris Worldtimer”, packed with innovative functions for pilots and travelers alike.


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The 44.7mm case is made of stainless steel with a transparent caseback that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Mounted to the case is a coin-edge bezel that can have either a: polished top ring or brushed top bezel ring. The signature coin-edge design was inspired by jet engine turbines, while also providing a firmer grip when setting time. Topped by a domed sapphire crystal with a double-sided antireflective coating. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).


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Time is exhibited on either: an anthracite or black colored dial, both with Arabic numerals, followed by smaller minute index markers. There are two sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 3 o’clock positon and a patented home-time, day/night indicator at the 9 o’clock position. There is also a date aperture in the midst of the second time-zone, at the 3 o’clock positon. The numerals and hands have undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. Some watch enthusiasts view the anthracite dial as a more elegant option, while the black dial is deemed as a more “professional” looking timepiece.


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Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer

This “Oris Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer” (Ref#: 01 690 7735 4164-07 5 22 14FC) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 690 with 30 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.


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This movement is based on the original ETA 2836-2 and is one of the most used calibers by Oris, due to its reliability and very user-friendly functionality. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch can either be a: dark brown or grey calf leather strap (anthracite dial); an olive or black textile strap (black dial); or the optional for both models: dark brown Louisiana crocodile leather strap, or stainless-steel bracelet.


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MSRP: $3,600.00 USD – on a textile or leather strap


MSRP: $3,850.00 USD – on a metal bracelet


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Written by Mauro Az