April 30, 2011
by Ariel Adams
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.
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.
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.