Many of you will know of Oris’ support of and partnership with, the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), and of their first limited edition model that was launched a couple of years ago.
This was no one-off partnership, as the RFDS is dear to the heart of Oris Australia, and I was recently a guest of Oris at the launch of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II, held at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon.
Coming in a 45mm stainless steel case, the new RFDS II is based on the Oris Big Crown collection. As you can see, their choice of model aligns with the first RFDS limited edition, and with a matte black dial, large Super-LumiNova hands and numerals, both are functional no-nonsense watches, as is fitting for such a partnership.
As was the case for the first limited edition watch, the new one features a pulsometer, but there has been a change. Using 20 pulsations allows for more precision in measuring pulse rate, and if you look at the heart rate markers between 70 and 80, there are more markings when base 20 than 30. A colour beloved of many watch brands and people for diving watches in particular, orange again finds itself the colour of choice the pulsometer. This is not just for consistency and legibility reasons; the colour choice by Oris and the RFDS is that it is a nod to dirt of outback Australia, wherein they work and over which they fly.
Making an appearance again on this second limited edition model is the capacity to read a second time zone with half hour markers on the 12-hour scale on the inner bezel ring. It is moved simply by twisting the bi-directional bezel.
As I mentioned in a recent post, I am a fan of discreet collaboration nods, especially on dials, and it is as such for this watch, with the RFDS logo sitting unobtrusively but proudly at 12 o’clock, matched by the embossed logo and reference on the case back. Underneath that latter is the automatic Oris Calibre 735 (Sellita SW 220-1 based) with thirty eight hours of power reserve.
Customers can choose between a brown leather strap with a pin buckle, crocodile on a folding clasp, or a stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp.
The Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II will be limited to 2,000 pieces with an RRP of AUD2,800 on the leather strap, AUD2,800 for the stainless steel bracelet version, and AUD2,850 for the alligator strap (with folding clasp). A percentage of every sale will go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.