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Angus Davies had an enjoyable week wearing the large, masculine, Replica Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter watch for sale. He reviews this behemoth timepiece which is reputed to be the ‘world’s first automatic mechanical watch replica with a mechanical altimeter’.The sight of an air hostess pulling across a curtain shortly after take off in order to segregate business class fliers from economy passengers seems ridiculous.
I have recently flown ‘proper’ business class for the very first time.
Chatting to friends, I have always remarked that I saw little benefit in purchasing a business class ticket. However, my opinion changed a few months ago after flying to Japan with British Airways and luxuriating in a commodious ‘Club World’ seat. The sumptuously upholstered chair was infinitely adjustable, courtesy of a myriad of buttons, and accommodated my large frame with ease. The food and wine befitted a top restaurant and the in-flight entertainment was extensive, helping to pass away the hours with consummate ease.
The fact is that, on occasion, greater dimensions, while sometimes costing more, can provide additional benefits. For example, take the new fake Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter watch, its scale bestows a large dial canvas, ideally suited for legibly displaying several indications. Indeed, it is the leviathan-like quality of this watch, measuring 47mm in diameter, which reminds me that space has much virtue, especially at altitude. However, Oris has always been known for the remarkable value of its watches and, with an asking price of £2550 (RRP as at 17.5.2015), this watch replica proves to be no exception despite its elevated specification.
Yes, I have flown in so-called ‘business class’ to european cities, but this has been little more than sitting in the first few rows of the plane and receiving an extra croissant to eat.
The seats in so-called business class share the same dimensions as the ‘economy seats’. There may be the chance to read a complimentary newspaper for the duration of the 60 minute flight, but the opportunity to add value on the part of the airline is limited by the very nature of the short flight time. I have always begrudged paying a premium for this service, perceiving little additional benefit when contrasted with the cheaper seats behind the curtain.
The wisdom of flying ‘business class’ long haul has now become obvious to me and would be a prerequisite when considering long haul flights in the future.
Prior to selecting my flight, I did consider choosing an overseas carrier to infuse my trip with a taste of overseas culture, however, my decision to choose British Airways proved to be a wise decision. The staff were friendly and incredibly attentive. Moreover, I landed at Tokyo’s Narita airport having experienced a wonderful nights sleep, thanks to an ingenious passenger seat which, on demand, morphed into a bed.
Part of the appeal of ‘business class’ is the comfortable seating and the greater personal space accorded to passengers. Indeed, by virtue of the increased space, other attributes come to the fore.
A history of making pilots’ watches
Oris has been making pilots’ watches for over 75 years. Its first model, released in 1938, was the Big Crown Pointer Date and since then, Oris has a repeatedly shown a remarkable knack of making pilots’ watches which have received much critical acclaim.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
In 2008, Oris released the eye-catching BC4 design, a model which resembled a cockpit instrument. The design showcased the styling aplomb of the watch replica and led to the brand winning a prestigious Red Dot Design Award a year later in 2009.
The BC3, introduced in 1999, is a classic pilot’s watch replica in the truest sense. The crown can be operated whilst wearing gloves, an attribute which was demanded by pilots in the 1930s and 1940s. Ease of interpretation is another prerequisite for aviation use. The ability to produce watches which deliver these attributes, together with the admirable benefits of accuracy and reliability, has made Oris a popular choice with professional pilots.
Last year, Oris introduced its Big Crown ProPilot collection. The extensive collection ranged from the simple, yet beautifully formed, Oris Big Crown ProPilot Date, to the horological tour de force, which is, the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter.
A recent hands-on encounter, wearing the watch replica for a number of days, revealed that the efforts of Oris in bringing this timepiece to market were justified. It is brilliant.
The hours and minutes hands are white, crisp and legible. Furthermore, the hands are treated with Superluminova, aiding legibility in restricted light.
Oris has adhered to tradition, equipping the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter with white Arabic hour markers which comfortably reside on the black dial surface.
A date aperture is positioned at 3 o’clock with the numerals depicted sitting close to the upper surface of the dial. Again, this Oris model is an exemplar of ‘straight talking’. There is no risk of any misunderstanding.
Encircling the dial is a channel, almost resembling a moat. It is positioned between the main dial and the outer flange and plays host to two indicators which distinguish this watch replica as quite unusual. Firstly, a yellow indicator shows the current altitude, while the other hand, a red indicator, displays the corresponding air pressure.
The air pressure scale is displayed in the recess between the dial and the flange, whereas the altitude is displayed on the flange. Oris offers would-be buyers a choice of displays. Purchasers can select an imperial scale with the altitude expressed in feet or, alternatively, a metric scale imparting the information in metres.
The altitude scale displays values up to 15,000 feet or 4,500 metres.
The case measures a sizeable 47mm in diameter. This is a behemoth watch. However, the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter, constructed of stainless steel, proved remarkably comfortable to wear. I wondered whether the crowns would gouge my arm due to their size and the width of the watch, however, these concerns were soon dispelled with prolonged use.
One reason the crowns don’t impair wrist movement or prove irritating to the arm is that they are positioned at 2 and 4 o’clock. If one imagines a vertical line running from the extreme edge of the uppermost crown to its sibling, positioned below, the line would sit relatively close to the caseband, hence the scale doesn’t have any greater influence than a modestly sized conventional crown placed at 3 o’clock.
The crown at 2 o’clock adopts the typical role of winding the mainspring and adjusting the hour, minutes and date displays.
The Swiss watch replica company from Hölstein has displayed a breathtaking degree of innovation with this model.Oris has demonstrated an incredible degree of ingenuity with the conceptualisation, and subsequent realisation, of the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter.
Once the altimeter function is no longer required the crown is returned to ‘Position 0’, ensuring the maximum water resistance is, once again, restored to 100 metres.
Thereafter the watch replica will display the prevailing altitude and air pressure wherever the wearer chooses to roam. When the crown is pulled into ‘Position 2’ then it can be calibrated based on the known altitude of the current location.The crown at 4 o’clock, thoughtfully labelled “ALT set”, operates the altimeter. To actuate the altimeter, the crown is unscrewed counter-clockwise into ‘Position 1’, revealing a circlet of red decoration on the stem of the crown. When the crown is fully screwed down, Position ‘0’, the altimeter is inactive and the watch replica proffers a maximum water resistance of 100 metres.
The crown, positioned at 4 o’clock is vented to prevent moisture entering the watch. This know-how is patented. Even the yellow altimeter hand exhibits a notable degree of creative thought being made of laminated carbon fibre, proving both light and stiff. The high degree of strength and rigidity was essential in order to prevent distortion under extreme pressure that might result in inaccurate readings. The engineering prowess shown by Oris with the creation of the Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter is truly amazing.
The solid caseback is engraved with a conversion scale, proving useful when converting feet to metres and vice versa.
The green textile strap fitted to my loan watch replica felt robust, practical and yet incredibly stylish. Oris offers alternative options in grey and black or a steel bracelet. However, I would always choose the green option as it never failed to garner compliments whenever it adorned my arm.
The folding clasp felt incredibly well made and securely closed with a reassuringly positive click. Indeed, Oris are masterful at delivering quality products at remarkably keen prices and whilst I accept the strap / clasp is a small detail it perfectly demonstrates the watch replica company’s skill at delivering affordable timepieces imbued with tangible quality.
The Oris automatic Calibre 733 is based on a Sellita SW200.The balance oscillates at 28,800 vph (4Hz), the movement features 26 jewels and the power reserve is a stated 38 hours.
Furthermore, with a relaxed, comfortable wrist-feel and eye-catching aesthetics it does make one ponder who Oris deliver so much for, comparatively, so little.
- Model: Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter
- Reference: 01 733 7705 4134 -07 5 23 14FC
- Case: Stainless steel; 47mm diameter; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; date; altimeter indication; air pressure.
- Movement: Calibre 733 (base Sellita SW 200-1); self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); power reserve of 38 hours; 26 jewels
- Strap: Green textile strap presented on a stainless steel folding clasp
- Price: £2550 (RRP in UK as at 17.5.2015)
This is a behemoth watch replica employing much space in order to provide matchless ease of interpretation. It is the scale of the watch replica which accords elements of the dial adequate room to breathe. Indeed, it is this attribute, together with the high quality materials and construction, which reminds me of flying ‘business class’. However, unlike some ‘business class’ flights, the Oris Replica Watch seems incredibly affordable.