Oris takes to the races again with a new release linked to their Formula 1 sponsorship of the “Williams Martini Racing Team”. In a limited edition watch aimed to commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Martini Racing Team, which is Williams’ principal sponsor, their introducing the “Oris Martini Racing Limited Edition Chronograph”.
Oris began its partnership with the “Williams Formula 1” team, back in 2003. Since then they have released several limited edition timepieces, during these last 15 years. The watch has appropriately adopted a color-scheme and design cues, following those seen on the Martini race cars. We previously also reviewed the “Oris Williams 40th Anniversary” (Ref#: 01 673 7739 4084-Set LS) that is also part of this successful on going joint venture, which you can read more about here.
The 44mm case on the new “Oris Martini Racing Limited Edition Chronograph” is made of stainless-steel with a screwed-on steel case back, which features an engraving of the “Martini Racing’s 50th anniversary logo”. While mounted to the watch is a fixed stainless-steel bezel with a tachymeter scale engraved to it.
It also comes equipped with a knurled setting-crown and two steel push-pieces that operate the chronograph functions. All topped by a flat sapphire crystal with an internal anti-reflective coating that also assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black carbon fiber dial with the Arabic numerals 3 and 9, plus a 60-minute scale in a two-digit numeral format, for every five-minute increment circling the dial. There are three sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position; and a 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock position.
Keeping with the “Martini Racing” theme there are some blue and red stripes on the center left-side portion of the dial, while circling around the dials flange are a series of small blue second index markers and red markers for every minute-increment. Two of the sub-dials also have a blued hand, as well as the large central blue hand that indicates the current date, on the calendar ring that can be seen on the inner right-side portion of the dial.
The central hands, the two Arabic numerals (3 and 9), plus the small square minute index markers for every five-minute increment seen on the dials flange, have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture in the midst of the 12-hour counter, aligned with the 6 o’clock position.
Oris Martini Racing Limited Edition Chronograph
This “Oris Martini Racing Limited Edition Chronograph” (Ref#: 01 774 7717 4184) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 774 with 25 jewels and 28,800 Vph. It’s based on the original Sellita SW500 mechanical movement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to this watch is either a black rubber strap, or a stainless-steel bracelet; both secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel push-button folding clasp. This a limited edition watch with only 500 manufactured pieces, which is sold with a certificate and special box. It should become available in November 2018, but for more up to date information visit the official Oris website here.
(Ref#: 01 774 7717 4184 MB) – Metal Bracelet
(Ref#: 01 774 7717 4184 RS) – Rubber Strap
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