Oris presents the GMT Rega Limited Edition, the second watch made in support of the partnership between the independent Swiss watch company and Rega, the Swiss air-rescue service. The new watch has a second time zone, indicated by a 24-hour central hand, a function chosen in partnership with Rega jet pilots and to represent the worldwide service they offer across all time zones.
Last year, Rega repatriated 869 people from all over the world through its 24-hour repatriation service with their ambulance jets. It operates three Challenger CL-604 air ambulances, manned by highly trained crews. The jets carry all the equipment necessary to transport intensive care patients.
The new Oris GMT Rega Limited Edition is based on Oris’s Big Crown ProPilot GMT and is the perfect marriage of the values shared by the two organisations – quality, reliability, precision, tradition and innovation. The watch is powered by Calibre 748, an automatic mechanical movement with a second time zone, or GMT function, indicated by a black, red-tipped central hand that points to a 24-hour scale printed around the dial edge.
Its 45mm stainless steel case is designed with pilots in mind. It’s coated in hard-wearing matt gunmetal grey PVD to offset cockpit glare, and features an oversized crown for quick time, date and second time zone adjustments. The watch’s black dial features luminescent Super-LumiNova® Arabic numerals, hands and hour markers for exceptional legibility, even in low-light conditions, and Rega’s logo. The grey textile strap is lined with red leather as a nod to the service’s corporate colour.
Rega is a non-profit organisation and is supported and funded mostly by donations from its 3.3 million patrons. It was founded in 1952 and is recognised as one of the world’s leading airrescue services. Its name is a combination of ‘RE’ from ‘REttungsflugwacht’ and ‘GA’ from ‘Garde Aérienne’ and ‘Guardia Aerea’, respectively the German, French and Italian for ‘air rescue’ or ‘air guard’.
In 2016, Rega conducted more than 15,000 rescue missions using its fleet of helicopters and ambulance jets. These are specially designed to undertake round-the-clock air-rescue operations in Switzerland and all over the world.
Oris has appreciated Rega’s mission before. The Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition was based on the innovative Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter, the world’s first watch with both an automatic mechanical movement and a mechanical altimeter. As with the Altimeter Rega Limited Edition, the new watch is a Limited Edition to 2’000 pieces.
Model: Oris GMT Rega Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 748 7710 4284 TS, Ø 45.0 mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 748, based on Sellita SW 220-1, with pointer hand for second 24-hour timescale, date at 3 o’clock and small second at 9 o’clock
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in security crown with gunmetal grey PVD coating
Water-resistant to 10 bar/100 metres
Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed, gunmetal grey PVD-coated case back embossed with the Rega logo and engraved limited edition number
Black dial featuring the Rega logo at 3 o’clock, printed Super-LumiNova® Arabic numerals, and black and white hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova®. White/black small seconds hand and black second time zone hand with red tip
Grey textile strap lined with red leather and with stainless steel gunmetal grey PVD-coated folding clasp with patented stageless adjustment system inspired by passenger airline seatbelt buckle
Delivered in a special presentation case
Swiss retail price CHF 2,550