Friday, November 21, 2014

Oris Big Crown Complications 2004

Oris ~ Purely mechanical Swiss watches...... 
Big Crown Complications with Moonphase (Ref:ref 01 581 7566 4061-07 8 19 61)

Was flicking through the offer or promotion catalogue of one of my Visa card.... When this gorgeous watch caught my eyes. Under normal circumstances, I don't think I would have bought it.... But this was an offer with a 12 or 24 months interest free installment. Without much hesitation, I logged on to the Bank website and put in the order for this marvelous timepiece.

In less than a week, Oris Big Crown Complications arrived safely at my door step. The watch is slightly smaller than I anticipated. It is measuring 38mm in diameter excluding its over-sized solid crown. 

The round stainless steel case is well polished with satin finishing lugs. The case is further enchanted with applied fluted stainless steel bezel that resembled a coin edge. Its dome shaped plexi-glass is a touch of classic and art.  

What intrigues me the most is its exquisitely structured dial..... The silver guilloche dial has rose gold arrowhead markers alternating with Arabic numerals. There are three subsidiary dials for the day function (at 3 o'clock position), the 24 hours or second time zone (6 o'clock position), and the date function (at 9 o'clock position). In the 12 o'clock position, above the Oris name, is the 29.5 days moonphase indicator.  

The watch's artistic hour and minute hand are painted with superluminova C3 to enable easy reading of time in dark. The distinctive big crown is signed ORIS and there are 3 recessed pushers on the sides of the case are used to adjust these complications. One setback is that the crown is not screw down; you just need to pull to adjust the time and the moonphase.

The pusher at 2 o'clock is for the day of the week adjustment, while the pusher at 4 o'clock is for the 2nd time zone setting. There is another pusher at the other side of the case, located at 10 o'clock position. This pusher is to set the date function. Worth mentioning, this watch has the classical stainless steel “beads of rice” bracelet with signed flip-lock clasp.

At the back, is a well polished screw down back case with a see through mineral glass display. You can appreciate the ever attractive red heart beats of Oris Cal 581. Cal 581 is a 17 jewels automatic movement based on ETA 2688/2671. 

The famous Oris red rotor is bi-directionally rotating that generate a vibration of 28,800 A/h at 4 Hz. Cal 581 has a power reserve of 38 hours.  

This watch is stated to water resist to 5 bar. 

To sum up, Oris Big Crown 7566 moonphase is an affordable pilot’s watch that can make the watch enthusiast’s heart beat faster.

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