Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition
The Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition is equipped with a barometric altimeter and a barometer movement, displaying air pressure and altitude. This particular version is limited to 1414 pieces and celebrates the partnership between Oris and Rega, the Swiss air rescue service.
This detailed review of the Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition includes live images, specification details and pricing.
A few years ago, I reviewed the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter, ‘the world’s first automatic mechanical watch with a built-in mechanical altimeter’. At the time, I had the good fortune to borrow the watch for a week and was saddened when I had to return it to Oris. I still remember writing effusively about its spectacular specification and I continue to look back fondly at my dalliance with this timepiece.
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a few days ‘hands-on’ with a limited edition version of the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter, the Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition. I eagerly grasped the chance.
Oris is working in partnership with Rega, Switzerland’s air rescue service, and has created this timepiece in recognition of their relationship. The timepiece is limited to 1414 pieces, a number inspired by the Rega emergency telephone number. While this limited edition is mechanically identical to the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter there are some distinct differences to its appearance.
The black dial is unlike any other dial I have seen, save for the non-limited Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter. Between the dial and the flange there is a trench containing a yellow needle denoting the prevailing altitude and a red needle showing the current air pressure. The flange is marked with a scale for altitude expressed in metres (another version is equipped with an imperial scale).
White hour and minute hands evince a notable lume, courtesy of SuperLumiNova. Likewise, the Arabic numerals also emit a green emission in dim light. The black central sweep seconds hand has a smattering of red on its tip, but no luminescent treatment.
The Rega logo is shown at 9 o’clock. A date display is located at 3 o’clock.
The case is stainless steel with a gunmetal grey PVD coating and looks über-stylish. Running an index finger over the case reveals silky-smooth surfaces, free of sharp edges or patches of roughness. Indeed, the quality of the case is exceptional, especially given its modest price point.
Measuring 47mm in diameter the watch could easily be described as a leviathan. I found its dimensions granted a comfortable fit, but concede that smaller wrists may well be overwhelmed by the sheer bulk of this watch. The bezel features a fluted design, inviting the wearer to fondle its form.
Two screw-in stainless steel crowns, both featuring gunmetal PVD coating, grace the right hand side of the case. The crown, positioned at 2 o’clock and marked with ‘Oris’ on its vertical flank, sets the time and winds the movement. A second crown is located at 4 o’clock, marked with ‘ALT set’, which actuates the altimeter once unscrewed. When this crown is fully closed, the watch has a water resistance of 100 metres.
The case-back is solid and adorned with a rescue helicopter and Rega logo in relief. The grey textile strap proffers wonderful tactility. It features a vivid red lining and the folding clasp brims with quality.
The Calibre 733 is a self-winding movement, based on the Sellita SW 200-1. It features an ‘integrated barometric altimeter and barometer movement’.
The frequency of the balance is 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 26 jewels. The power reserve is sufficient to deliver 38 hours of autonomy.
Reviewing the Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition presented an interesting opportunity. Seldom do I review, essentially, the same watch twice. Did I feel the same about the watch on making its acquaintance again? Yes, most definitely.
The complications on this watch are fascinating and implore the wearer to venture up a mountainside to test its altimeter function. The dial is simple to read and, despite its inventory of functions, does not look unduly cluttered.
The smooth surfaces of the case bestow a quality feel. Moreover, I particularly like the gunmetal grey PVD coating which evinces an eye-catching hue. The grey textile strap encourages the wearer to touch its form and marvel at its agreeable tactility.
Ultimately, Oris has another strength which it frequently plays to, namely, price. The asking price of the Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition is CHF 3,950 (RRP as at 14.3.2017) which, considering its impressive specification, represents excellent value. Indeed, with its compendium of virtues, Oris has produced another high flyer deserving of your attention.
- Model: Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition
- Reference: 01 733 7705 4264 TS
- Case: Stainless steel with grey PVD coating; diameter 47mm; sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; date; Barometer movement displaying air pressure and altitude
- Movement: Oris Calibre 733, Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz) 26 jewels; power reserve minimum 38 hours.
- Strap: Grey textile NATO strap with an adjustable stainless steel folding clasp
- Price: CHF 3,950 (RRP as at 14.3.2017)