Oris Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition 40mm Swiss Automatic Oris Warranty


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A Review from HODINKEE:

When asked about what the biggest trends are from this year’s Baselworld fair, I’ve basically been giving the same answer to everyone: all vintage everything. Basically any brand with heritage to draw from (and even some without) created old-school watches in smaller sizes and with period details to draw in the real fans. Oris went way back though, looking to its very first pilot’s watch to inspire the Big Crown 1917.

To quickly recap the basics, this 40mm stainless steel pilot’s watch is inspired by an archival piece dating to 1917. It’s the kind of pilot’s watch that pre-dates the flieger-style watches, with their black dials and bold, geometric hands. In fact, the only thing about it that will immediately scream “pilot’s watch” to most people is that onion-shaped crown that gives this watch its name.
The dial of this watch is, without question, its greatest attribute. The silver finish has a really nice grain texture to it, and a subtle step down to the central section with the old-school Oris signature. Around the outer edge is a simple black chapter ring, inside of which sit 12 SuperLuminova-filled Arabic numerals with small, sharp serifs. Complementing those numerals are blued cathedral-style hands with matching faux-aged SuperLuminova. Unlike some of the vintage-inspired watches that throw back to the 1960s and 70s and still look relatively modern, this one has an almost antique quality to it. However, it’s been executed very well and I don’t think the overall effect strays into costume territory at all.

Turn the watch over and you’ll see the solid caseback bearing the “OWC” logo in the center. This was usually reserved for Oris’s 18k gold watches, but they’ve brought it back here as a nod to the past and the special quality of this piece. You’ll also see the limited edition number, with each piece being individually numbered out of 1917 (obviously a nod to the inspiration watch’s birth year).
Underneath the caseback is the Oris caliber 732, which is an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve, based on the Sellita SW 200-1. However, you’ll notice a little button set into the case just above the onion-shaped crown. The movement has been modified to require that you push this button in order to set the time. Honestly, I feel like this would just be kind of annoying, practically speaking, but it was a feature of the 1917 watch and Oris has decided to keep it for this tribute. 
Included with the watch is a special cuff-style strap in soft brown leather. To be honest, this was the biggest surprise for me with this watch. I didn’t expect to like this strap, but the cuff is thin enough as to not look too in-your-face, and it makes the watch extremely comfortable. The 40mm diameter is also perfect for this watch – it wears small-ish, which will appeal to those interested in a watch like this, no doubt, but ensures that you know you’re dealing with a modern watch.
Overall, I really have to give it to Oris with this one. Just like with the various iterations of the Divers Sixty-Five the brand has threaded the vintage/modern needle, creating a watch that looks like it’s from the past while still appealing to contemporary customers. This one is definitely the most overtly faux-vintage model yet, but it displays Oris’s compelling interest in its own heritage and its savvy in reminding collectors of past success.

That says it all! What a simply Timeless Timepiece! Complete Box set with all paperwork & Factory warranty until 2022!



MODEL: Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition

MOVEMENT: Swiss Automatic 

CASE: Stainless Steel

CROWN: Non Screw Down

SIZE: 40mm

LUGS: 20mm

DIAL: Silver Dial With Vintage Lume

BEZEL: non-rotating

CONDITION: Pre owned – Excellent!

BOXES/PAPERS: Both – Oris Box Set, warranty book, books etc… – Everything you see in the pictures


STRAP/BRACELET: – Original Oris Bundt Style Brown leather Pilot’s Strap with signed stainless steel buckle.


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