Oris BC3 Air Racing GMT Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

Oris BC3 Air Racing GMT Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

Oris BC3 Air Racing GMT Limited Edition Watch Hands On   hands on

The GMT version of the updated Oris BC3 comes as a limited edition done for the Oris Big Crown Sky Racing team. Why does “Big Crown” need to be in that term? I know that Big Crown is a line if watches from Oris, but does that mean there are other Oris Sky Racing teams? Anyhow – that BC3 Air Racing Limited Edition watch comes in the same 42mm wide case as the BC3, but here in titanium. It also has a special red ring about the crown to go with the GMT hand.

Oris BC3 Air Racing GMT Limited Edition Watch Hands On   hands on

Oris BC3 Air Racing GMT Limited Edition Watch Hands On   hands on

In the Oris promo video you can see these guys flying around at the Reno Air Show. I like all the air racing teams that various brands sponsor. I can name at least half a dozen brands that have them – most all are very talented, skilled, and impressive. The BC3 collection is just one collection of aviator Oris watches. They also have some vintage inspired ones, but the BC3 is a functionalist, minimalist’s dream. The design is one that isn’t immediately exciting, but it really does grow on you – especially because it is so comfortable and legible.

The addition of the GMT complication is thanks to use of a Swiss ETA 2893-2 automatic movement (don’t forget that Oris uses their custom red rotors). This is one of the more discreet implementations of a GMT hand as it does not extend to the end of the dial. Though the hand is in red and does have a dedicated 24 hour scale. The face really is supremely readable.

Oris BC3 Air Racing GMT Limited Edition Watch Hands On   hands on

Oris BC3 Air Racing GMT Limited Edition Watch Hands On   hands on

On the back of the watch is an engraving of a Oris Sky Racing Team plane. The collection is limited to 1,000 pieces (not sure of price right now). Oris offers the BC3 Air Racing watch on a titanium bracelet or a rubber strap. I really like this limited edition GMT model, and think that it makes a pleasing addition to the standard BC3 watch collection.

5 comments
kris c
kris c

Love the case design, with the big and tough looking lugs and crown guards, but the bracelet looks like it was added after by the owner that happened to match the finish - it is not really integrated all that well.

Scott
Scott

Looks like 1/2 of the Fortis line. I love and own many. Just not too original...

Ulysses
Ulysses

Simple and sturdy looking watch, with a nice clear dial. Titanium is soft though, so hopefully they've treated the surface to improve hardness.

Crispin
Crispin

Steel is real. Unpolished titanium, to me, is a big detraction. Just wish Tutima produced their Lemania 5100 NATO chrono in SS.

Marc
Marc

I like this watch.
Makes me thinks of the Timefactors Speedbird GMT