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

 

 

One of the biggest challenges facing Oris engineers was the design of the altimeter hand itself. Making the altimeter mechanism small enough to fit inside a wristwatch meant the hand had to be extremely lightweight, but stiff enough to avoid tolerances and therefore inaccurate readings.

Green is the Sellita automatic calibre and blue the mechanical altimeter. You can also clearly see the clever construction of the altimeter hand…

 

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

 

The altimeter mechanism developed together with the Swiss specialist Thommen

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

 

The solution was to create it from laminated carbon fibre, making the hand seven times lighter, but 10 times stiffer than the average watch hand.

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

 

Laminated carbon fibre, making the hand seven times lighter, but 10 times stiffer than the average watch hand…

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

 

Another challenge was how to protect the inner workings of the watch from moisture when the altimeter is activated. Oris patented a new altimeter adjustment and venting crown, which prevents moisture from entering the watch using a membrane made of PTFE (a material like GoreTex), which creates a vapour barrier.

 

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

 

>>> On page 3 you will find more exciting pictures and technical details about the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter >>>

 

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10 Comments

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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 🙂

  • 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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