BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
Swiss watch brand Oris has for a long while been extending its support towards noble causes. A few months ago, the brand released the Aquis Dat Watt limited edition watch, as an endeavor to protect the Wadden sea. Now, the brand has announced the new Pro Pilot Okavango Air Rescue Limited edition, a watch that pays tribute to the Okavango Air Rescue, Botswana’s aeromedical rescue organization.
Founded in 2011 by Christian Gross and Dr. med. Misha S. Kruck, Okavango Air Rescue is a professional medical Helicopter Rescue Service that provides emergency care to people in remote and inaccessible areas of Bostwana.
The dial on the Pro Pilot Okavango Air Rescue Limited edition is inspired by the green grassy landscape of the Okavango Delta. It has been presented in an olive-green shade and features a distinctive vertical texture that mimics the look of grass and gives the dial a ton of character. To heighten visual interest, Oris also seems to have given the dial a gradient treatment with the area around the outer periphery showing off a darker shade of green compared to the rest of the dial. Color and texture aside, the rest of the dial looks quite familiar. The hour’s index has been represented using bold white Arabic numerals, the minute’s track comprises white hash marks with thick rectangles at intervals of five and double markers at 12, and finally a nice and broad date window at 3. The Sword-shaped hour and minute hands are well proportioned and have been filled with luminous paint to enhance low light visibility. The second’s hand is painted black and has a red tip that adds an extra dash of color to the dial.
Crafted from stainless steel, the case on this watch measures 41mm in diameter and features interesting aviation-inspired details. For instance, the knurling on both the top and the bottom of the case and the threaded crown at 3 is heavily influenced by the blades of a jet engine turbine and lend this watch a unique personality of its own among its competitors. The case is water-resistant to a healthy 100 meters.
Powering the watch is the Oris calibre 751, which is a slightly modified version of the trustworthy Sellita SW200-1. This movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of around 38 hours. The movement is hidden behind a closed case back that has been decorated using a deeply stamped motif of a rescue plane flying over what appears to be Botswana landscape.
The new Oris Pro Pilot Okavango Air Rescue Limited edition watch is limited to just 2011 pieces and is available to purchase on a green nato strap for EUR 2,150. The watch would come packaged inside a special presentation box that would also contain an additional brown leather nato strap. And like always some proceeds from the sale of every watch would go towards the Okavango Air Rescue organization.
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