I have had this Oris Big Crown Propilot Date for a few weeks and I thought I would share my thoughts. This will be my first review, so bear with me.
Before purchase, I was eyeing a Damasko DA 46, but WatchMann was out of stock and I began to look around while I waited. I found this Oris with a metal bracelet for under $1000 (MSRP is $1800) and thought it seemed like a good value, so I went for it (putting the Damasko back on the wish list). Already having a Type A B-URH Pilot Watch, I liked the Oris Propilot’s case and the general modern take on historical pilots watch. These details along with the cool fixed bezel is what drew me into this purchase.
Like any good pilots watch the legibility is top notch, with the clean dial and white hands. Lume leaves room for improvement, as the BGW9 lights up well right away, but fades quickly. The lume areas are pretty narrow, so not sure what could be done to improve here.
This is my nicest watch with a brushed finish, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but the brushing size on the case and bracelet has a very fine texture and looks great. I got this on bracelet, but this one looks great on a variety of leather and Nato straps (see below). Getting the bracelet on and off was a little more difficult than on other watches. I figure that the end links have a tighter tolerance than I am used to, so the back sides of the lugs are getting their fair share of scratches.
The Oris 751/ Sellita SW220-1 movement is running about +10 sec/day and seems a little more noisy than some of my other automatic. This isn’t rotor noise, but that the movement itself might be a little loose. Took it to my watch guy and he couldn’t identify any issues, so not a big deal but worth noting.
Overall, I really enjoy that watch. The profile/turbine bezel insert are my favorite parts of this watch, along with the different style of hands, which I don’t have anything like in my current collection. See below for some different strap combinations. Thanks for reading!
Update: One thing that I really like and forgot to mention, is that the crown disengages from the movement when screwing it down. This makes the screw down action so much smoother than when you are hand winding the movement while setting the crown.
With stock bracelet:
Olive leather Nato:
Coal leather strap:
My favorite angle on the watch: