It’s impossible to deny the heart-stopping feeling I experienced when Rolf Studer, the CEO of the Oris brand, gave me this new model. It is hard to restrain your emotions, even though journalists should always try to be impartial. But my love had bloomed for this treasured object delicately placed on one of the tables of the Oris at Baselworld. Its name? The Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition.
The Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition was named after the first pilot’s replica watch designed by the replica watchmakers from Hölstein – a town in the Basel-Landschaft canton, in north-western Switzerland – in 1938 and called the Big Crown. Although Oris’ new replica watch borrows the Big Crown’s aesthetic features, it also takes inspiration from the style of a pocket replica watch made by the brand in the 1910s. The pocket replica watch features an engraving of the Blériot XI monoplane, built by Louis Blériot (1872-1936) in 1909, and on board which the French engineer crossed the Channel the same year. In short, the new Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition has forged very strong links with its ancestors and above all with the world of aviation.
The steel case, measuring 40mm in diameter – a perfectly unisex size, which is a good point in my book – has the same rounded sides as the vintage Oris pocket replica watch. It features a large, ribbed steel crown and a monopusher at 2 o’clock on the outside of the case, and which just needs to be pressed to set the time. The system was already featured on the Big Crown in 1938. The metal case has a solid, screwed back with the former OWC (Oris Replica Watch Company) logo, as well as the number of the piece, out of a total of 1917. It houses the Oris 732 calibre, based on the Sellita SW 200-1, an automatic mechanical movement driving the hour and minute functions while providing a power reserve of 38 hours.
The dial on the Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition is decorated in a lightly grained, silver grey tone, and features an hour rim with large Arabic numerals coated in beige Super-LumiNova®. In the centre are two luminous, blued, openwork and leaf-shaped hands, identical to the ones found on the first pilot’s replica watches in the 20th century, displaying the hours and minutes.
This new replica watch made by Oris is available with a chocolate brown leather wrist protector, as well as a travel pouch with a “simple” second strap, also made of brown leather.
Price: 2 400 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
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- Case – This timepiece comes with round case made form titanium. Attached on the side are two silver tone push buttons and crown for adjustment. It has a diameter of 49 and thickness of 19.5 mm.
- Band – It features a silver tone bracelet made from titanium material. It has a fold over clasp with double push button safety to secure it in place. The width of this replica watch is 25.3 mm.
- Bezel – The replica watch comes with a grey unidirectional bezel made from titanium. It has silver tone marking and bolts around it.
- Dial – It showcases a black textured dial with luminous silver tone hands and index hour markers, minute markers, three chronograph sub dials, date display at 6 o’clock, and glare proof sapphire.
- Others – It has a water resistance depth of 3850 feet, Swiss Quartz movement, and analog display.
The textured black dial and grey bezel is such a great contrast against the silver bracelet. It adds sophistication, class, and modernity to it, while the bracelet elevates the refinement of the piece. This stylish replica watch will look great for either work or play.
Ideal for diving
This timepiece features a whopping water resistance feature which allows you to use this underwater, even for diving. It proves that not all diver’s replica watches look sporty or sloppy. The unidirectional bezel will help you measure elapsed time so you can keep track of the remaining oxygen in your tank. Also, this replica watch has amazing luminosity on its hands and markers so you don’t have to worry if it gets too dark underwater. Meanwhile, the sub dials also help provide additional measurements such as 30 minutes elapsed time and number of hours.
Non luminous bezel markers
Since this can be used for diving, it would have been better if they also incorporated some luminosity on the bezel markings so you don’t have to estimate your measurements. This simple feature can save lives so it’s really encouraged that the makers should upgrade the replica watch a bit.
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- Case – The round case, 49 mm wide, and its uni-directional silver-tone bezel are made with stainless steel.
- Dial – The black dial, covered with sapphire crystal, features silver-tone luminous index hour markers and hands with minute markers. The outer rim features a depth scale in yellow Arabic numerals along with a date display.
- Band – The replica watch bracelet is made with stainless steel, 25 mm wide, with a folding with extension clasp for closure. It has an additional black rubber strap.
- Movement – The replica watch is powered by automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve.
- Water resistance – This timepiece comes with a water resistance of 500 meters or 1650 feet.
- The high quality replica watch comes with two straps, a stainless steel and a black rubber strap, which is actually perfect if you plan to use it for different occasions. Stainless steel replica watch bracelet is suitable for casual or formal occasions, while the rubber strap is suitable for your water-related activities.
- This timepiece is certainly suitable for men who are into water activities since it has an excellent water resistance that’s appropriate even for scuba diving. This is why it comes with a rubber strap, which is also the suitable replica watchband for water activities since it’s water resistant.
- Since it’s basically a diver’s replica watch, it definitely serves the purpose because aside from providing the time and date, it also has a depth scale.
- Because it’s powered with automatic movement, regular use of this timepiece is necessary to ensure that it provides the accurate information.
- Although it does serve a lot of purpose, the replica watch can still considered by some men as quite expensive than other diver’s replica watch out in the market.
- The 49-mm wide dial might be considered big for some men who prefer small replica watches.
- Face and Dial: The Aquis 733-7653-4155MB’s most prominent feature is its blue dial. This exquisite background cushions silver and white, shark-teeth indexes and hands. These time indicators are photo-luminescent and uses Super-Luminova BG W9 color, one of the brightest pigments used in replica watches. Aside from the typical hours, minutes, and seconds functions, this replica watch also has a date window at just above the 6 o’clock index.
- Dial Display Window: This high quality replica watch in the Oris Aquis collection uses scratch-resistant sapphire crystal in its dial window. The glass itself is rounded on both sides, and an anti-reflective coating is placed on the inside of the glass.
- Case: Its round stainless steel case has a diameter of 43 mm and a thickness of 13.5 mm. Its screwed case back is also made of stainless steel, and it has a mineral glass, to be able to view the rotor and some parts of its clockwork. Its lug or interhorn is 26 mm wide.
- Bezel: The Aquis 733-7653-4155MB has a uni-directional rotating bezel that is made of blue-tinted ceramic material.
- Movement: This piece uses automatic mechanical movement, and has a power-reserve capability of up to 38 hours.
- Watch Strap: It has a stainless steel bracelet that uses a folding clasp with push button. Its metal link bracelet is 8.5 inches long and 26 mm wide.
- Water Resistance: It has a resistance of 30 bar or 300 meters (1000 feet).
- Trendy Hues: The Aquis 733-7653-4155MB slightly deviates from your typical black, gold, or plain silver palettes. Its blue dial makes its bearer cool, calm, and sophisticated, without trying very hard.
- Mechanical Expertise: When it comes to producing mechanical replica watches, we can say that Oris is probably one of the best, if not, THE best. Because the company has chosen to specialize in these type of movements, you can only be assured that any replica watch that you purchase from them has gone through the hands of passionate artisans, and has adhered to strict quality standards.
- Luminosity: The Oris Aquis Blue Dial Mens Replica Watch 733-7653-4155MB’s indices and hands use only the Super-Luminova BG W9, one of the brightest in Luminova’s line of photo-luminescent pigments. This makes reading time in the dark or in dim places quite easy.
- Dial Window Durability: With its dial window made of sapphire crystal which is laced with anti-reflective coating, you can expect a highly readable and scratch-free replica watch display.
Quartz movement fans would definitely stay away from Oris replica watches. Despite the long-term advantages of owning a mechanical replica watch, battery-operated replica watches are quite beneficial for people who are on the go, and who would prefer having jewelers take care of the maintenance.