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    Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

    This watch is amazing:
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    The new Oris in-house movement is impressive.
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    Re: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

    That's spectacular. I think with all the hype from other brands, this new one has been largely ignored, which is a shame.


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    Great photos. I love this watch too. I have other Oris watches but the in-house calibre is so good. Love the Big Crown ProPilot finishing but it is especially well done on the Calibre 111.

    Love the design of the clasp but it was too bulky for me in practice. Now I have mine happily on an Erika's Originals Black Ops MN strap.

    Looking forward to your continued thoughts on this watch. I sing its praises to everyone. It doesn't get the attention it deserves.
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    Re: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

    Wonderful strap - looks very nice on your wrist.

    Yes, I agree this watch is underappreciated. There are many elements of it that are appealing:
    1. Caliber 111 movement - Oris' first in-house movement in a long time, wonderful to look at.
    2. 10-day (actually it goes to 11 days, based on Oris' CEO) power reserve. I don't know of another watch that can do this amount.
    3. Double-domed, internal and external anti-reflection coated front and back sapphire crystals
    4. 9 o'clock date (and slightly larger date size) - I actually like this as it is unobtrusive on the watch, and hides under a shirt sleeve if you just want to peek at the watch (as long as you wear the watch on the left wrist).
    5. Screw-down crown with 100m water resistance. And nice large crown size, very nice to wind and set.
    6. Large, clear hands and indicators, all lumed very evenly.
    7. Very high quality case, with a hint of 'tool watch' look to it, but tasteful, that makes it compatible with many wardrobes.
    8. Beautifully-balanced small seconds hand and power reserve meter.
    9. Love the strap/clasp (kind of like a seatbelt clasp). Have the OEM metal band coming soon, so will see how it works.

    This watch has as much as the IWC Big Pilot (save for maybe the large seconds hand on the BigPilot) or more (i.e. clear case back, 10-day power supply) for a fraction of the price. It is an 'underdog' in it's price range, and certainly deserves much more praise.

    There is a person who posted a blue dial version of the Oris Big Crown Propilot Cal 111 on prior threads. Supposedly that version is only from a dealer in Europe, but hopefully it will be available elsewhere.

    Really enjoying and appreciating this watch!

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    Re: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

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    Re: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

    Stunning

    Excellent photos as well!

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    Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

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    The clasp on my fabric bracelet is the seat belt style. Is that the official bracelet for that watch or another Oris bracelet? Thought all of the Big Crown ProPilot used the seat belt clasp but never have seen the bracelet in person. Thanks!
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    Re: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

    Quote Originally Posted by trhall View Post
    The clasp on my fabric bracelet is the seat belt style. Is that the official bracelet for that watch or another Oris bracelet? Thought all of the Big Crown ProPilot used the seat belt clasp but never have seen the bracelet in person. Thanks!
    Not sure...I have the seat belt clasp on the fabric strap as well. I believe this is the official bracelet as I picked it up directly from the AD, where they sized it for my wrist. It's very nice - very smooth, rounded feel to the edges, comfortable, and surprisingly light. The button to release the clasp is on one side only, and it's very smooth to work.

    I think I prefer the fabric strap over the bracelet on weight and esthetic looks, but will wear the bracelet during the warmer summer months :)
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    Re: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

    Hi dioptric,

    huge congrats on that great piece!
    Oris's inhouse caliber is highly underrated in my opinion.

    Can you say something about the accuracy?

    Thanks and always wear it in the best of health.

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    Re: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Cal 111

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfy1909 View Post
    Hi dioptric,

    huge congrats on that great piece!
    Oris's inhouse caliber is highly underrated in my opinion.

    Can you say something about the accuracy?

    Thanks and always wear it in the best of health.

    Cheers
    Wolfgang
    Thank you, Wolfgang! I cannot attest to having performed an appropriate accuracy test yet, but comparing it to my Citizen eco-drive (which syncs with the atomic clock in Colorado) it is easily within 5-10 seconds over 24 hours.

    One aspect of watches with large power reserves is the variability of isochronism depending on where the power reserve is set - i.e. if this watch is wound up all the way to 10 (or 11 per Oris' CEO) days, it may run much faster than usual (one WUS owner said up to 30 seconds per day, if I recall); conversely, if it is set too low (i.e. 1-2 days) it may run much slower than usual.

    The in-house Oris movement I think controls this isochronism very well. I've been keeping it around the 5 day mark right now, and so far that seems to be a sweet spot!

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