The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Day Date (ref. 01 752 7698 4164-07 5 22 17FC) combines a vintage modern (I hope, Marshall Amps won’t mind me using the combination of words) design of its moderately oversized stainless steel body with an inexpensive self-winding movement with day/date display that they outsource from Sellita. Easily readable and comfortable thanks to its ergonomically shaped case and a nicely designed folding clasp, the watch is priced at just over €1300, but delivers a lot more value than most similarly priced timekeepers with the same functionality.
With its Royal Flying Doctor Service (Ref. 01 735 7672 4084-Set LS) that was presented at Baselworld 2013, Oris keeps exploring the niche of vintage-styled watches with a sweet modern flavor. Featuring the same 44 mm body with the easily recognizable grooved bezel as their previous “pilots” (like, say, the classic Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 Limited Edition), the device also sports a contemporary dial with its hands and scales resembling instrument gauges on classic military planes.
The Swiss watchmaker has just released a new limited edition version of its elegant BC3 “pilot.” The new Oris BC3 Air Racing Silver Lake (Ref. 01 735 7641 4184-Set) sports the same general styling as the other members of the family, but has a nice twist about its high-contrast, matte-black dial.
The limited-edition Oris Tubbataha Regulator Diver (ref. 01 749 7663 7185-Set RS) speaks the same design language as their 2011 Regulateur Der Meistertaucher (ref. 01 649 7610 7164-Set) professional diving tool. Yet, the regulator is slightly smaller, is rated for more practical water resistance, and is equipped with their new movement based on the Sellita SW220 unit.
Back in 2009, the Swiss watchmakers has started selling their elegant Rectangular Bob Dylan limited edition (ref. 01 733 7618 4084-Set) automatic wristwatch. In 2012, the company offered us yet another limited edition model that paid homage to a less fortunate (but still one of the best) musician of the 20th century. The new self-winding Oris Chet Baker Limited Edition (Ref. 733 7591 4084) is named after the famous American jazz trumpeter and singer who was born in 1929, became a star in the 1950s, but later succumbed to heavy drugs and died in 1988 at the age of 58.
The German watchmaker has recently upgraded its Terrasport line of pilot’s watches with the new Muehle-Glasuette Terrasport II. Featuring the easily recognizable styling of the dial (although Muehle-Glasuette has a number of watches with radically different exterior,) the timepiece is equipped with unusually thin, delicate-looking hours and minutes hands.
Although officially positioned as a timekeeper for adventures, the new Muehle Glashuette Terranaut III Trail may be a nice choice for people searching for a reliable tool that looks like a pilot’s watch, is powered by a good Swiss-made movement, and wouldn’t break a bank even if you are a student majoring in Liberal Arts.
Produced in a limited edition of 2012 pieces in white and 2012 in black, the new Fortis Spacematic 2012 will be officially presented on March 24th, 2011 at Baselworld 2011 trade show.
The Oris Williams F1 Team Day Date (ref. 735 7634 4765 RS) model has been here for a while and this year the Swiss-based brand has offered a new, refreshed version of the device, which is inspired by the high-revving world of elite motorsports.