The original “Oris Big Crown” issued in 1938, which debuted the company’s first timepiece to include a pointer date complication is back! They have reintroduced this design in recent years in other limited edition runs, but this “Oris Roberto Clemente” and its clean-cut off-white vintage looks appear to be a home run, pun intended.As the press release by Oris accurately states: “Roberto Clemente is a baseball legend, and a 20th century hero. During his long career, he became the first Latin American player to reach 3,000 hits, and a passionate humanitarian. Sadly, he died in 1972, aged just 38, when a plan he had chartered to take aid to Nicaragua crashed. Oris is proud to support the Roberto Clemente Foundation with this beautiful limited-edition watch, and to continue the great man’s legacy.”The 40mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back featuring an engraving of Roberto Clemente, as well as the limited edition number of each individual piece. Mounted to the case is a stainless-steel coin-edge bezel, reminiscent of certain vintage pilot watches. Also comes equipped with a screw-in over-size crown, hence the name “Big Crown”. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).Time is exhibited on an off-white dial, which in the midst of its light brown leather strap and vintage hued Arabic numerals, pulls off a very dignified timeless look.This color scheme is based on Clemente’s jersey, but despite its sports-themed origin, this is a very elegant watch suited for diverse occasions.Further time elements include a black ring with a railroad motif minute index grid, also color aged by that vintage hue matching the numerals. Afterwards closer to the bezel periphery is a series of smaller black Arabic numerals circling the dial as a calendar, which is pointed out by a thin hand with a red tip, adequately highlighting it apart from all the other elements. Its central hands were crafted in a vintage aviator watch style. Plus the central hands and Arabic numerals have all undergone a green luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Oris Big Crown “Roberto Clemente” LTD ED
The “Oris Roberto Clemente” (Ref#: 01 754 7741 4081) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 754 with 26 jewels and 28,800 vph. This movement is based on the original SW 200-1 caliber, although further enhanced to fulfill current standards. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a light brown leather strap with exposed white double stitching (inspired by a baseball glove), secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition of 3000 manufactured timepieces. It comes in a special box that includes a certificate, additional NATO strap with buckle, and tool to exchange straps. For more up to date information visit the official Oris website here.
MSRP: $1,950.00 USD
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