Swiss watchmaker Oris has released an exceptional series of 21 limited-edition watches built to the specifications of the iconic Swiss Air-Rescue Rega.
Back in 2016, Oris entered into a partnership with Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, which has been offering aero-medical services for almost seven decades and is recognised worldwide for its excellence and professionalism. Oris created a watch for Rega that year and again in 2018.
Now, the brand has launched the third collaborative collection. It consists of 21 limited edition watches symbolizing the number of aircrafts in Rega’s fleet. Only 100 of each timepiece will be made. Total number of watches in this collection will be 2,100.
Rega, one of Switzerland’s proudest and most trusted organisations, was founded in 1952. It’s now patronised by almost half the Swiss population, and is among the world’s most recognisable air rescue services, symbolised by its iconic red helicopters and crew members in their red uniforms. Today, it serves as an integral part of the Swiss healthcare system, with 13 helicopter bases and a fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft.
From these bases, Rega operates 18 rescue helicopters and can reach anywhere in the area it covers within 15 minutes of an emergency call. Each base has a crew of pilot, paramedic and emergency flight physician ready to go, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While it’s famous for its high-altitude mountain rescues, Rega’s service covers all medical emergencies, from road accidents to sudden illness.
During the pandemic, the organisation’s role has become even more significant. In 2020, it organised more than 16,000 missions and brought medical assistance by air to 11,000 people in distress. Thanks to previous investments made in patient isolation units, it also repatriated 140 Covid-19 patients on board its ambulance jets.
To this day, Rega remains a privately run, non-profit organisation funded by a patronage system, whereby private individuals make regular contributions to the running of the service.
Rega operates 18 rescue helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft as follows:
- 7 Airbus H145 Helicopters for versatile operations across Switzerland.
- 11 AgustaWestland Da Vinci Helicopters for mountain operations.
- 3 Bombardier Challenger 650 jets for repatriation flights, worldwide.
Each of these 21 aircrafts has been identified by their registrations. Oris pays tribute to its partner Rega by introducing 21 limited-edition watches, each a series of 100 pieces carrying a case back engraved with one of the service’s 21 aircraft.
The design of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Rega Fleet L.E. was specified by Rega crew. They suggested the need of a robust, accurate and reliable wristwatch featuring clean, ultra-legible dials. In addition, the crew demanded the GMT function for recording logbook times and a pulsometer scale that could serve as back-up to electronic machines that measure patients’ heart rates.
Its black dial has high-contrast white hands and numerals filled with high grade Super-LumiNova®. Its stainless steel case and Oris-patented ‘Lift’ clasp are coated in anti-reflective gunmetal grey PVD. It has a clearly indicated second time zone.
And engraved into its bi-directional rotating bezel are a red triangle for timing the “golden hour” (the first hour after injury during which a patient’s chances of recovery are highest), and a pulsometer scale, read off with a white-tipped central seconds hand. The added leather and rubber straps with a quick change system.
One pilot suggested to link watches to individual aircraft to reflect the close bond crews and patients often develop with them. So Oris created 21 different case backs, each engraved with the outline of a Rega aircraft and its registrations.
For these special watches, Oris also created a water-resistant red Ventile® pouch, complete with a second quick-change strap in hygienic, easy-clean red rubber and a tool for changing the clasp.
The pouch has a number of elastic straps for tweezers, plasters and bandages so it can be upgraded to a pocket first aid kit.
Model: Big Crown ProPilot Rega Fleet L.E.
Reference: 798 7773 4284-Set
Multi-piece stainless steel case with gunmetal grey PVD coating, grey PVD-coated bi-directional rotating bezel with red ‘golden hour’ triangle and pulsometer scale
Size: 41.00 mm (1.614 inches)
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, gunmetal grey PVD coating, screwed, special engravings
Operating devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water resistance: 10 bar (100 m)
Hands and indices with Super-LumiNova®
Calibre Oris 798
Power reserve: 42 hours
Centre hands for hours, minutes, seconds and second time zone, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second
Black leather strap with gunmetal grey PVD-coated stainless steel folding clasp with Oris-patented ‘LIFT’ system
Supplied with additional quick-change red rubber strap and clasp-change tool
21 models, each limited to 100 pieces, totalling 2,100 watches. Each delivered in a red Ventile® travel pouch
Swiss retail price