Oris Air Racing Limited Edition III Watch For Reno

Oris Air Racing Limited Edition III Watch For Reno

Oris Air Racing Limited Edition III Watch For Reno   watch releases

If you recognize this new limited edition Oris watch as familiar, that is because it is. The new Air Racing Edition III watch is based on the very popular Oris BC3 watch collection - a handsome tool-style watch with a high level of refinement and under-the-radar-personality. It is an easy favorite of ours when we want something legit, but not complicated to look at or think about when reading the time. The BC3 has been the base of a few other models, and is now the foundation of Oris's newest limited edition Air Racing watch. The Air Racing Edition III timepiece celebrates Oris' sponsorship of the Swiss team that will compete at the 2013 Reno Air Races very soon.

aBlogtoWatch took you to Reno last year with Breitling. What is special about The Reno Air show is that isn't just a show, but has actual racing. So while Breitling is an official sponsor of the event, Oris is the sponsor of one of the racing teams (the Swiss one). Breitling also happens to sponsor a racing team. The Swiss air racing team's pilot will be Mr. Don Vito Wypraechtiger. I look forward to hearing the announcer happen upon Don's last name.... though on the plus side his name does have "tiger" in it. That's pretty cool.

Oris Air Racing Limited Edition III Watch For Reno   watch releases

Instagram picture we took last year at 2012 Reno Air Show & Races

As a limited edition, the Air Racing III is very simple - which is a good thing. The most noticeable special feature is the red and white minute hand, which is meant to look like something from an aviation speed indicator. The dial also reads "Air Racing" which is interesting. On the rear of the watch is a more standard set of engravings for a limited edition watch. One issue I have with the design of the rear of the watch is that it does not properly indicate why the watch was made and when.

Companies that produce limited edition watches often think about "right now" and often don't consider what someone years in the future might think if they discovered said limited edition watches. We do know it is a Swiss watch, and that Oris calls it the "Air Racing Edition III," but what about the fact that it was made in honor of Oris' participation with the Swiss flying team at Reno in 2013. Isn't that important or are we missing something? We give strong advice to brands to carefully design the labeling on limited edition watches to secure potential future collector's value by helping people to understand why watches were made and when.

 

Oris Air Racing Limited Edition III Watch For Reno   watch releases

The Oris Air Racing's BC3 style case is 42mm wide in steel, but in this case coated in black DLC. The dial and hands have a lot of SuperLumiNova. This even includes the numerals for the day and date indicators - which is rare. The case is further water resistant to 100 meters and has an AR coated sapphire crystal. We know these watches are durable and mean business when it comes to utility and comfort. Attached to the case is a black textile strap.

Inside the Oris Air Racing Edition III watch (ref. 735 7641 4794) is a base Sellita SW220 automatic movement which offers the time, day, and date. Oris will produce 1000 pieces of this watch at the not-too-bad price of 1,500 Swiss Francs. oris.ch

6 comments
superunborn
superunborn

Lose the 'Air Racing' logo on the dial and the flags and plane on the case back and I'd consider wanting one.


MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Better looking than a Bell & Ross and for a reasonable price (unlike a B&R), so I like it a  lot. Good job Oris.

CG
CG

like Oris... they make nice wearable commemorative watches... have bunch of Oris... love the Chronoris reissues too... theBC3 base is very versatile to uprate the design simply and directly... but they seem to be reducing dealerships here in the USA... loved the idea that Macy's carried the line made the brand very accessible, but no more...

Shawnnny
Shawnnny

Very nice for such a simple design. I really like the red and white minute hand. Although, I wish all autos had a decorated movement with a see through back. It's a big selling feature for me.

AtotheG
AtotheG

As soon as I saw the picture, I immediately scrolled down to the comments to see whether Ulysses went with "candy cane" or "barber shop".

basnobua
basnobua

@Shawnnny

 Exhibition casebacks make for a thicker watch and necessitate a movement finished to a fairly high standard. They also aren't used in antimagnetic watches (to my knowledge) or serious dive watches (1 more gasket to fail), but neither applies here. They are an over-used feature currently, but yes, in general they are pretty snazzy. 

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