What makes the dial of the Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph GMT look even larger is the flange ring that has the 24-hour scale on it. In fact, the other two Oris Big Crown ProPilot models lack this flange ring, so the Chronograph GMT has an even more distinct look in the collection.
I like that the axis point of the hands is in black so that they are very easy to spot and don’t blend in with one another. Note that the chronograph seconds hand is mostly in black save for the red tip. Little design features like this help the overall look to be very refined. The airplane style tip to the GMT hand is in yellow, and the rest of the hand is also in matte black so as not to make it distracting. You can read the hand when you need it, but otherwise it is out of the way – a solid testament to Oris’ design philosophy.
Inside the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph GMT collection are the caliber Oris 677, which is a base ETA 7754 automatic. This is a Valjoux 7750 with a GMT hand complication. The date is set between 4 and 5 o’clock so as not to be distracting. Overall this is a fantastic tool watch for daily wear, flying, or general purpose sporting activity. It looks great on the three-link brushed steel bracelet, but is also a good option on the black or green textile strap. Each of the straps come with Oris’ fantastic and slim deployant clasp. If there were 11 spaces in our Top 10 Watch of Baselworld 2014 list, an Oris Big Crown ProPilot watch would have been on it.
The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph GMT is priced at $4,100 on the textile strap (ref. 01 677 7699 4164-07 5 22 14FC green strap and ref. 01 677 7699 4164-07 5 22 15FC black strap), and $4,300 on the metal bracelet (ref. 01 677 7699 4164-07 8 22 19). oris.ch