Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter – a ticking sensation for the wrist.

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

This wristwatch is equipped with a mechanical barometric altimeter and barometer movement. In fact it is the world’s first automatic mechanical altimeter watch for an affordable price.


Oris says: “The Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter has been developed entirely by us to serve as a high-performance instrument for pilots, mountaineers, explorers and research scientists, who work at altitude. Its sturdy 47 mm multi-piece stainless steel case houses an automatic movement, and a Swiss mechanical barometric altimeter and barometer movement.”

First please listen to my conversation with Ulrich Herzog, the President and Co-Owner of Oris. Uli will tell you everything about his new baby…



Uli, today showing me the altimeter…

Ulrich Herzog, the President and Co-Owner of Oris
Ulrich Herzog, the President and Co-Owner of Oris


The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter has two crowns.

The crown at 2 o’clock is a conventional crown to adjust the time and date, and to wind the watch as necessary (the automatic Sellita-movement has a 38-hour power reserve)

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter


A second screw-down crown at 4 o’clock operates the altimeter.

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter


When screwed down into ‘Position 0’, the altimeter is inactive and the watch is water-resistant to 10 bar; the altimeter is activated by unscrewing the crown into ‘Position 1’, indicated by a red ring.

When the crown is pulled out into ‘Position 2’, the altimeter can be calibrated. Once set, the watch shows the current altitude via the yellow indicator, and the corresponding air pressure via the red indicator. The altitude scale is around the outer dial ring; it can measure altitude up to 15,000 feet or 4,500 metres (two models are produced, one with a scale in feet, one in metres). The air pressure scale is recessed between the altimeter scale and the central dial. Once the altimeter is no longer required, the crown can be returned to Position 0 by screwing it down, resealing the watchcase and ensuring it is once again water-resistant to 10 bar.


Please watch my video to better understand how the new Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter functions…



>> On page 2 you will discover more technical details about the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter >>>


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10 replies on “Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter – a ticking sensation for the wrist.”
  1. says: patrick tacq

    I had just bought the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge, not because I am a diver, but merely because I liked the watch and its features and I also feel that you get a lot of watch for a very reasonable price…
    I feel exactly the same about this Big Crown Pro Pilot Altimeter, so I think this one will join my collection in the fall…

  2. says: Robinoz

    Oris is producing some nice watches. This one is truly a work watch, too big to wear to the pub I think. Having an altimeter watch would be good for parachutists and for pilots to check the accuracy of their aircraft altimeters before adjusting them for local geographical conditions.

  3. says: Morteza

    This is a fantastic watch. Oris has been doing so finely these days. I love the brand, and their watches considering their price are fantastic. They have a very nice collection of dive watches which I truly admire. To come up with a pilot watch with an altimeter function such as this a huge accomplishment. That watch is a steal for that price. Kudos to Oris for being so creative these days. Their depth gauge diver has also a very clever depth-measuring system. Their 110 limited edition model has a sweet in-house movement with an amazing power reserve in a single barrel. I’m really looking forward to their future models. They have been a sponsor of Williams F1 team for year. For 2014 they have replaced TAG Heuer and have become Audi’s Endurance Racing timing sponsor. I see a very bright future for the brand.

  4. says: Mezdis

    Yes, I agree: chapeau Oris!
    It’s a great achievement to put a mechanical altimeter in a wristwatch. And the retail price of CHF 3.300 makes it even more stunning.
    Thanks for showing us, Alex!

  5. says: Amir

    Really nice watch for the price. I’m very interested to see where Oris goes in the next couple of years. In North America, a lot of attention (and marketing money) is on Tudor right now as satisfying a price-point that Tag Heuer and Omega are leaving. It seems like Oris potentially could give them some healthy competition.

    1. Oris is doing a great job no doubt and they will continue to surprise us… Tudor and many others should take Ulrich Herzog and all his team very serious 🙂

  6. says: Dave Franklin

    This is a very impressive engineering achievement. And the price is extremely reasonable, considering the features and quality offered.
    I want one!

    Sincere Regards

    Dave Franklin

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