Oris Big Crown ProPilot TLP Limited Edition Watch Review

Oris Big Crown ProPilot TLP Limited Edition Watch Review

Given Oris’ extensive background with pilot’s watches, their new partnership with the Tactical Leadership Programme is a perfect fit and with it, the Oris Big Crown ProPilot TLP Limited Edition marks the occasion with a combat-ready design effortlessly suited to the cockpit.

Founded in 1978, the TLP, otherwise known as the Tactical Leadership Programme, is a training ground for NATO allied coalition forces in preparation for worldwide tactical air operations. The pilot training school has been based in Albacete, Spain since 2009 and is currently composed of military and civilian personnel from ten NATO nations. In honour of their new association with Oris, the Oris Big Crown ProPilot TLP Limited Edition comes beautifully dressed in a military green dial inspired by TLP pilots’ flight overalls and a matching green, high-performance Ventile strap. Alongside the limited edition of 750 pieces available to the rest of the world, Oris have also unveiled a unique version for gradates of the TLP that can be customised with their name, graduation year and limited edition number.

Perfectly suited to the pilot training school, the Oris TLP Limited Edition is part of the Swiss watch manufacturer’s iconic Big Crown Pro Pilot collection. Characterised by its oversized crowns, instantly legible dials and coin-edged bezels inspired by jet engine turbines, the Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot has secured a dependable reputation over the years with reliable and robust designs suited to the world of aviation. The Oris Big Crown ProPilot TLP is no different with a solid 44mm PVD coated stainless steel case water resistant to 100 meters and a screw in security crown designed to be easily manipulated even while wearing thick pilot gloves.

Ensuring its status as a combat-ready tool watch, the case of the Oris TLP is dressed in anti-glare gun metal grey PVD coating and paired with domed sapphire crystal glass treated with anti-reflective coating on the inside. At the centre, legibility is made a priority with a grainy olive-green dial detailed with large propeller-shaped Superluminova hands for hours and minutes and applied numerals and indexes. The minute track and inscriptions on the dial are dressed in beige, a colour taken from the golden eagle in the TLP logo and a sleek black seconds hand with a contrasting red tip.

To match the green dial inspired by the overalls worn by TLP pilots, the Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot TLP Limited Edition features a strap of the same colour engineered from Ventile textile. This high-perfomance material was conceived during the Second World War for British Royal Air Force pilots and delivers a flexible, comfortable and handsome finish. Each 750-piece limited edition will also be presented in a unique olive and orange travel pouch also constructed from Ventile textile.

The powerhouse of the Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot TLP watch is the Oris 752 automatic winding calibre. Based on the trusty Sellita SW 220-1, the Swiss made movement delivers a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, 26 jewels, a 38 hour power reserve and the iconic Oris red oscillating rotor hidden behind the TLP decorated screw down case back. On the front end, the Oris 752 calibre provides central hands for hours, minutes and seconds and a large day and date window at 3 o’clock.

Retailing at £1,850 and limited to only 750 pieces, the Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot TLP watch is available to order now on the Jura Watches website. For more information on this model and the interest free finance and free next day delivery available, get in touch with the team on 01335 453453 or at help@jurawatches.co.uk.

Specifications: Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot TLP Limited Edition (01 752 7760 4287-SET)

  • Case Size: 44mm
  • Case Material: Gun-metal grey PVD coated stainless steel
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Glass: Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Crown: Screw in
  • Case Back: Screw down
  • Water Resistance: 100 metres
  • Movement: Oris 752 automatic winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day, date
  • Power Reserve: 38 hours
  • Jewels: 26
  • Frequency: 28,800vph
  • Dial: Green with Superluminova hands, numerals and indexes
  • Strap: Green Ventile textile
  • Buckle: Folding
  • Extra: Special Ventile travel pouch
  • Limited Edition: 750 pieces
  • RRP: £1,850
  • Release Date: Available now

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