Despite its heft, this Oris was comfortable on the wrist as long as it’s worn snug enough to keep the top-heavy case from moving around too much. The strap can be adjusted in the clasp to any position easily, even on the go, allowing for quick tweaks as your wrist swells or shrinks, but I did find that the leather lining can get clammy on a hot multi-hour hike. A NATO strap might be a better choice, but I’m not sure it could support the weight of the watch as well.
Aesthetically, this Oris is a looker, and not only because of its massive size. The aviation-inspired dial, with its white on black markers and hands, is legible at a glance. The altimeter scale lends the sort of masculine geek chic that has made “busy” watches like the Breitling Navitimer so popular all these years. And really, who doesn’t like wearing a watch that has etched in red on one of its crowns, “ALT SET”? This feels less like a mere watch with illusions of fitting under a shirt sleeve, and more like an instrument. It felt right at home on the trail with a Gore-tex jacket and muddy hiking boots.