Oris has been in the business of bronze watches for a while now — notably on their popular Divers Sixty-Five, as well as the heritage Big Crown Pointer Date. Today Oris took bronze out of the past and into the now, with the bronze-cased Oris Big Crown Propilot Big Date.
By now bronze has well and truly moved from trend territory into the realm of proven performer that’s here to stay, and this Oris is a case in point. The large, straight-up-and-down 41mm case of the Propilot Big Date is there hero here, and the patina that will build up in the depths of the coin-edge bezel and the crown will add some real texture to this watch. The olive green Ventile strap is a classic colour combo with the bronze, and the fabric option adds to this pilot’s already rugged air. It must have been tempting to go with earthier tones — like strap matching olive green — on the dial, and while I’m sure those will come in time it’s hard to fault the classic black. And whiole this Oris isn’t packing too many bells and whistles, with its clean and clear numerals and handset and workhorse calibre (which is on display), the case material, size and general versatility of 100M water-resistance and 20mm lugs make this a great watch for someone who wants to try bronze out. Because really, here the bronze shines on its own, it’s not part of a broader heritage package, used to signal old-world charm. It’s an interesting and attractive material used on one of Oris’ classic designs. Well done Oris.
Movement: Oris 751, automatic, 38 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Bronze, 41mm, water-resistant to 100M
Strap: Green Ventile strap with bronze ‘Lift’ folding clasp
Price: CHF 1950