One of the very first ‘good’ watches I bought new back in the late 1990s was an Oris Big Crown Commander. Dark blue dial, polished stainless case, coin-edge bezel, ETA movement visible through the sapphire back, elegant date pointer hand. It was a lovely thing and firmly on my list of ‘why on earth did you sell that, you absolute muppet?’ watches. I’ve looked for another without any luck for years. So it’s fair to say I have a soft spot for Oris. They’re resolutely independent – always a good thing – and like doing things their own way; characteristics to admire in an often ‘me too’ industry.
All the more reason to be delighted to see them produce their Big Crown ProPilot Big Date with a bronze case. Whilst far from their first bronze offering, this is the first time the ProPilot has appeared in the metal. The plan is for the watch to become part of the permanent Oris line-up.