Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition Watch

Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition Watch

Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Based on the good ol' Oris BC4 watch, comes this special limited edition version that was made for, and tested by the French 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment (4ème Regiment d’Helicoptères des Forces Speciales). These are one of the main helicopter regiment guys in France. Would it be a good idea for anyone to make more watches to celebrate US regiments and divisions? While I am sure these guys in France are as hardcore as they come... on the world scene the French military doesn't exactly have a bad-ass "we are gonna win and beat the crap out of you" reputation. That pretty much ended with Napoleon. And these days most people just remember him as a funny little man as opposed to a brilliant military leader-  but I digress.

According to Oris, the 4e RHFS watch (that totally could have been named better) was actually tested by the 4th regiment - which is pretty neat. Like I said, the watch is based on the Oris BC4 collection, but has some fun differences. First is the 42.7mm wide steel case (water resistant to 100 meters) with PVD gunmetal gray coating. It has an aviation style black leather strap with white stitching and a very easy to read dial.

Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Oris watches tend to always have highly legible dials, but this one is a great mix of style and beauty. There is something even classic to it. There are also indicators of what the special edition is all about. First, note the blue, white, and red colored tip at the end of the chronograph seconds hand. French flag anyone? There is also the lightly done logo of the 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment in the subsidiary seconds dial. Nice integration of the date window in the chronograph hour subdial - and properly done on a black disc. The chronograph pushers are simple looking, but functional. Overall this watch has a distinct "tactical" feel to it that will feel at home on most men's wrists.

Oris 4e RHFS Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Crystal is AR coated sapphire, and said to be domed on both sides. Interesting... I wonder the effect that this has. I have probably seen it before but not realized that the crystal was "double domed." SuperLumiNova on the dial for darkness viewing completing the list of features you want in a serious performance piece. The French helicopter boys much has loved it (expect for that one guy who I am sure held on dearly to his digital watch - ugly but reliable right?). Inside this limited edition Oris watch is a ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. Oris hasn't indicated the amount in this limited edition. Why? Cause they probably don't know how many they want to make yet. So if demand is high, so will the numbers. Look for this watch soon in the $3,000 - $4,000 range.

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Alain Blanchette
Alain Blanchette

I've own a F1 day date for 4 years, quality wise their watches are not the best I've seen. Same for their customer service. Recently, Ive broke the crown and it took them 4 weeks to send me a quote. The quote was for 400$. 400$ for a watch that worths less than a thousand...
I,ve tried to contact their customer service withouth getting any answers back.

I would think twice to get another Oris, unless they can prove me wrong!

Alain

David
David

Oris has a history of watches associated with Aviation. The venerable Big-Crown series comes to mind. They have big crowns so a gloved pilot can still adjust the watch (not a unique feature to Oris BTW). But $4k for this watch paid for by tax-payer money - seems like $1500 hammer syndrome.

So this puppy seems to come with a leather (?) band. Keeping true to target, they should also include a long double-back web band for those of us with our own helicopters and fighter jets. It's hard to get a fancy leather band to fit around my survival and G-suits.

Kris C.
Kris C.

What a wierd case of deja vu meets 6 degrees of seperation I'm having.

First, I wonder about the 2nd time in as many months I'm seeing a tip of the hat to French military, etc via horology. Didn't we just see an odd piece by Dupont touting France's RAID?

Then, in thinking about that, my memory is tickled that perhaps Oris has also used the name RAID in a watch. Strange.

Of course, the Dupont watch pays homage to the French special forces team, and the Oris RAID piece was in regard to racing vintage cars... in France.

Regardless, were I in the market for an Oris watch, it wouldn't be this one. Yes, Oris has the Bob Dylan watch with a square case, and the Miles Davis/Jazz series. Also, the Grand Prix 70 in the tonneau or cushion case (can't remember which it was at the moment, still getting my coffee into me), but those are anomalies. When I think Oris, I think of big, bold circular cases that seem to purposely pay homage to the capital "O" in thier namesake.

This offering is certainly bold, and easy to read, but for some reason it just looks to me like it's trying too hard to be something it's not.

Andres C.
Andres C.

Really nice looking watch there, a bit pricey for an Oris with a 7750 though. I wonder why Oris chose pvd instead of the better dlc finish that they already use in cheaper models like the bc3 advanced and the hunter limited ed, seems like a step backwards.

Fernandox
Fernandox

The best looking Oris out there by far! Kind of expensive for an Oris but certainly has the right look. Wonder how accurate is the 7750 they use... Elaboré? Adjusted in positions?

pat. i
pat. i

I see the french Military tests the watch. But honestly - are they going to give them free watches? Offer them an 80% discount. If you look at legit military atches used by real pilots and soliders, they're not pricey timepieces.

Again, I suspect that yet another watch company is exploiting a group of people who put their lives at risk just so they can in part fullfill the fantasies of spineless poseurs and fratboy stockbrokers.

Still - it's a nice watch.

pat. i
pat. i

Very nice watch. Poor choice of honoree. Does the watch run backwards and stop completely for 6 weeks in the summer as well?

Dangeruss
Dangeruss

I love most of Oris' line. Mostly their racing chronos and aviation themed watches. I really like the atypical gray PVD instead of the normal black color. It looks more technical for some reason. It's definitely one to consider, but I've wanted other Oris models for so long now it would take something extraordinary to make me choose this one. I assume this has the usual red rotor display case back?

VIP Watch Club.com
VIP Watch Club.com

This watch reminds me of my ex...dark, sleek, classy and expensive

Chris
Chris

I was going to mention the Foreign Legion...of course they are foreigners (though the officers are French). Anyway cool watch. I think it is best Oris i have seen. It seems to have a little Bell and Ross in there - just a tad. I like Oris - I am just not sure where they come in in my pantheon of watches. If I am spending $3-4k for a watch is this the one I buy. Its a lot more than their most of their other line.

witch watch
witch watch

Really what is there not to like about this watch? Good looking,good legibilty,good price i'm definitely liking this alot.
Oh and as for the French Military not having a "bad ass" reputation ,did i hear Foreign Legion??