Following on from the extremely successful REGA Altimeter (the world’s first watch with both an
automatic mechanical movement and a mechanical altimeter), Oris dedicates a second watch in support of their partnership with the Non-Profit Swiss Air-Rescue Service. The new Oris GMT Rega Limited Edition.
Based on Oris’s Big Crown ProPilot GMT, this new timepiece delivers exactly what it promises – easy readability with its clean aesthetics. Offered in a pilot-friendly 45mm stainless steel case, it is coated in hard-wearing matt gunmetal grey PVD to offset cockpit glare, and features an oversized crown for quick time, date and second time zone adjustments. The watch’s black dial features luminescent Super-LumiNova® Arabic numerals, hands and hour markers for exceptional legibility, even in low-light conditions, and Rega’s logo. The grey textile strap is lined with red leather as a nod to the service’s corporate colour and also features Oris’s ingenious airline seatbelt buckle-inspired folding clasp.
The Case Back
Limited to 2,000 pieces, the case back is embossed with the Rega logo and the watch’s limited edition number.
The watch is powered by the Oris Caliber 748, an automatic mechanical movement with a second time zone, or GMT function, indicated by a black, red-tipped central hand that points to a 24-hour scale printed around the dial edge.
Pricing and Availability
The Oris GMT Rega Limited Edition hits Australian shores in January 2018 and can now be pre-ordered through your nearest Oris Retailer today. RRP: AUD $3,500
Last year, Rega repatriated 869 people from all over the world through its 24-hour repatriation service with their ambulance jets. It operates three Challenger CL-604 air ambulances, manned by highly trained crews. The jets carry all the equipment necessary to transport intensive care patients.
Rega is a non-profit organisation and is supported and funded mostly by donations from its 3.3 million patrons. It was founded in 1952 and is recognised as one of the world’s leading air-rescue services. Its name is a combination of ‘RE’ from ‘REttungsflugwacht’ and ‘GA’ from ‘Garde Aérienne’ and ‘Guardia Aerea’, respectively the German, French and Italian for
‘air rescue’ or ‘air guard’.
In 2016, Rega conducted more than 15,000 rescue missions using its fleet of helicopters and ambulance jets. These are specially designed to undertake round-the-clock air-rescue operations in Switzerland and all over the world.