Oris and Williams joined forces back in 2003, which adds up to 14 years making Oris the longest contributing partner to the Williams Racing Team.
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Formula 1 has been linked to the horology markets in one way or the other, almost since its inception. After all competitions based on speed and tracking times has to have a timepiece involved from the get go. And the Williams Racing Team are one of the most successful ever to venture into this sport. During their career they have accumulated a total of 16 FIA Formula 1 World Championships, divided between nine for constructors and 7 for drivers.
For those who may recall the Williams Team 1992 challenger to this day, remains one of the most technologically advanced racing cars ever made. At the time the “FW14B” car was being driven by British pilot Nigel Mansell, as he raced towards one of the least contested Formula 1 titles. Some of the innovations chief engineer Adrian Newey applied to the vehicle were so successful, that they had to be banned in order to keep the competition competitive. And as Williams reaches its 40th anniversary, to date they are the 3rd most successful team ever, only behind McLaren and Scuderia Ferrari.
The 40mm streamlined shape case is made of stainless-steel with a screwed on solid caseback, which has a “Williams 40th Anniversary Oris Limited Edition” plus the number of each edition and the “Williams Racing” logo, engraved on it.
Featuring two push-pieces on the right side of the case to operate the chronograph functions with a crown between them. Topped by a sapphire crystal domed on both sides with an anti-reflective coating inside, this glass assists in keeping water-resistance on this watch able to reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black dial with polished nickel applied hour index markers, followed by smaller white minute index markers. Uses stainless-steel baton type hands for the hours and minutes, while the long counterweighted chronograph seconds hand is colored “Williams blue”.
This patent color blue can also be seen circling ¾’s of dial to highlight the tachymeter scale, nearing the bezel. There are two sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock position. The hands and hour index markers have all undergone a SuperLuminova coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Oris ChronOris Williams 40th Anniversary
This “Oris ChronOris Williams 40th Anniversary” (Ref#: 01 673 7739 4084-Set LS) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 673 with 25 jewels and 28,800 vph. It’s based on the original ETA 7750 base movement, although Oris has made some modifications. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is the option of either: a brown leather strap, a black rubber strap, or an articulated metal bracelet. This is a limited edition watch with only 1000 manufactured pieces and is presented in a special leather pouch with the additional grey NATO textile strap, a strap changing tool and anti-static watch-cleaning cloth. For more information viist the official Oris website.
MSRP: $3,700.00 USD
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