Oris Soars with the ProPilot Altimeter
In 2014, Oris became the world’s first watch company to introduce a watch that combined an automatic mechanical movement with a mechanical altimeter in a single watch. This year, the innovative ProPilot Altimeter is back, with an upgraded altimeter, a slimmer profile and a lightweight case.
Since 1904, Oris has focused on developing high-functioning watches that deliver real-world value. We’ve developed more than 280 unique calibers and countless watches in that time, many of them offering pioneering, useful, easy-to-use complications.
The ProPilot Altimeter continued that tradition by accurately relaying the time, air pressure and altitude via a single dial – entirely mechanically. Full of innovation, it became a watch that pilots, mountaineers, hikers and so-called “watchnerds” aspired to.
Now, after a three-year project, we’ve made it even better. The new ProPilot Altimeter has an improved altimeter module, capable of indicating altitude up to 19,700 feet or 6,000 meters (as before, there are two available configurations), where previously the scales topped out at 15,000 feet or 4,500 meters.
The new watch’s case is in lightweight carbon fiber produced using an innovative process developed and perfected by our partner 9T Labs, a spin-off from the prestigious ETH Zurich university (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). It houses Caliber 793, a slimline automatic with an improved 56-hour power reserve that sits inside a case 1mm thinner than the original.
These upgrades make the new ProPilot Altimeter one of the highest performing, most innovative watches we’ve ever created.