This collaboration first begun in 2013 when Oris released their first timepiece in support of Australia’s Royal Flying Doctors Service. Now just four years later they’re back with a new limited edition version of this watch.
So, what are these doctors up to? Well, the “Australia’s Royal Flying Doctors Service” is a non-profit aeromedical service making sure that airborne medical care is capable of reaching any of the vast remote regions were they may be needed throughout Australia.
The 45mm case is made of stainless steel with a crafted stainless-steel bi-directional bezel on top, designed with an improved usability, for a quicker read. Its screw in case back features an engraving of the “Royal Flying Doctors Service”; unlike the previous model which was partially an exhibition case back.
This case design was modeled off of the celebrated “Oris Big Crown” series; unlike the previous version of this watch which had a 44mm case and was modeled off the “Big Pilot” series, instead.
So, this new case has been constructed with a slightly larger three-piece stainless-steel case, with only one crown at the 3 o’clock position; unlike the previous model that included two crowns, despite its smaller stature. Water-resistance on this newer model has also gone from 100 meters on the previous version, to only 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black dial with white Arabic numerals for the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions, with the rest made up of hour index markers; although the missing Arabic numerals can be seen on a slightly outer ring, also circling the dial. The sword hands and hour index markers have all been coated with Superluminova, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a two-window day and date aperture located at the 3 o’clock position.
Since this is a medic’s timepiece, it makes more than sense to include an orange printed pulsations track, circling the dial nearing the bezel. Its zero point has the same “Royal Flying Doctors Service” logo, we find engraved on its case back. This health measure brings to mind, the “Omega 38mm Specialties Museum 1945 Officer’s Watch Re-Issue Limited Edition 2014”, we reviewed it awhile back on our blog. But, this more modern Oris allows to use the pulsometer feature as a second time zone, if the user so prefers.
Worth mentioning is that this new pulsations scale is measured over twenty heartbeats; unlike the previous edition which relied on thirty heartbeats, which provides a quicker determination of the patient’s pulse. The way it works is by rotating the bezel to the beginning of the pulsations scale, until it’s aligned with the seconds hand and then you’d count twenty of the patient’s heart beats. Then by the time the twentieth heartbeat hits, the tip of the seconds hand will be pointing to the patient’s per-minute heart rate on the pulsations scale.
Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II
This “Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II“ (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 735 with 26 jewels and 28,800 vph. This movement was modeled off the original Sellita SW220-1 caliber. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 38 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch the user can choose between: a stainless-steel bracelet with a clasp buckle; a dark brown leather strap; or a dark brown crocodile strap; both straps are secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel buckle.
This is a limited edition watch with only 2000 manufactured pieces and comes in a special luxury wooden presentation box with the “Royal Flying Doctors Service” logo.
Ref#: 01 735 7728 4084-Set LS – Leather strap * MSRP: $2600
Ref#: 01 735 7728 4084-Set MB – Stainless steel bracelet * MSRP: $2800
Ref#: 01 735 7728 4084-Set LS – Crocodile strap * MSRP: $2850
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