Oris Big Crown Date

Oris Big Crown Date

Oris Big Crown Date Gray dial detailThe growing fraternity of dark-tinted “stealth” watches welcomes another member with the arrival of the Oris Big Crown Date, which features a bold, gray-colored dial, accented by applied 3D gray numerals and indices made from a solid block of dark Super-LumiNova.

The watch’s 44-mm case is made of stainless steel and finished with a coat of gray PVD. Like other models in Oris’s aviation-inspired  Big Crown collection, it includes a fluted bezel, a screw-down caseback, and — naturally — a big, fluted screw-down crown that is easy to grip for a pilot wearing aviator gloves. The color scheme of this timepiece is meant to evoke the look of military stealth aircraft. The case is water-resistant to 100 meters.

The four big numerals — 12, 3, 6, and 9 — as well as the hour indices, made of solid Super-LumiNova, provide a subtle but attractive contrast with the gray dial. The date window is at 3 o’clock and features white numerals on a black background. The watch has a domed sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on the inside. The dark leather strap has a steel pin buckle, also coated in gray PVD.

The movement that powers the Big Crown Date is Oris Caliber 733, based on the Sellita SW 200-1, which has automatic winding by means of Oris’s instantly recognizable red rotor, which rotates in both directions. Caliber 733’s functions include an instant date corrector and a stop-seconds function, and it caries a power reserve of about 38 hours. Wearers can witness the movement in action through the exhibition caseback, which is made of mineral glass. The price is $1,750. (Click on photos for larger images.)

Oris Big Crown Date front

Oris Big Crown Date gray dial detail


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Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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