Earlier this year, Oris introduced a pair of limited edition Big Crown pilot watches meant to put a spotlight on the Wings of Hope organization, whom the brand supports as a part of their Change for the Better initiatives. We had a chance to see the watches at the Wings of Hope headquarters located in St. Louis over the summer, where we also learned a bit more about the organization itself, and the important life saving work they do around the world. The culmination of this partnership will happen later this week at the Sotheby’s December Important Watches auction, where both the steel and gold reference Big Crown Wings of Hope Limited Edition watches will cross the block, with all proceeds benefiting Wings of Hope.
The limited edition Big Crown watches each get Oris’ own caliber 401 automatic movement, though the watches come in two different sizes and materials. The steel case measures 40mm in diameter while the solid gold case is scaled to 38mm. Both receive a white dial with a subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock, with an overall aesthetic reminiscent of the Hölstein edition released last year. It’s a very good look and this particular execution takes to the design well. The steel example, which is priced at $3,700, will see 1,000 units produced, while the gold will be limited to just 100 units, priced at $17,000.