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Oris Launch NEW Okavango Air Rescue Limited Edition Watch

A timepiece inspired by the popular Big Crown ProPilot watch that not only celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Okavango Air Rescue service but also extends on the brand’s series of partnerships in collaboration with its Change for the Better mission.


Oris has released a new limited edition watch that commemorates the work of the Okavango Air Rescue service across Botswana. The watchmaker is constantly striving to support worthy causes that aim to conserve or sustain the planet. The new Oris Okavango Air Rescue watch is limited to 2,100 pieces and features a dial colour inspired by the grasslands of the Okavango Delta. The back of the case is specially engraved with an image of the Air Rescue team in flight above the region of Botswana.



Are you aware of the work carried out by Botswana’s aeromedical rescue organisation - Okavango Air Rescue? If not, you perhaps should be. The privately-owned and independently funded service operates helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to bring medical care to locals and tourists alike across the Botswana region. It overcomes a very difficult and problematic obstacle across the geographic and demographically diverse map of Africa – a problem tackled by Swiss entrepreneur, Christian Gross and German-born Dr Misha S. Kruck when they founded the rescue service back in 2011. The service now celebrates its 10-year anniversary and who should be the chosen watchmaker to help underscore this milestone? No other than Oris, of course. Oris has emersed itself in several organisations and foundations that work towards achieving “Change for the Better”. Over the last decade, the watchmaker has brought awareness to worthy causes through the launch of several limited edition watches. This genuine desire for making the world a better place and raising awareness of sustainability and conservation across the world has made the brand what it is today. V.J. Geronimo, CEO-North America of Oris Watches USA has said in the past;


“We’re always looking to see what we can do better in the environment we operate in. It’s how we approach things, we try to do the right thing”.



The OAR joins Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service on Oris’ list of aerodynamical organisations it has partnered with to date. The new Oris Okavango Air Rescue Limited Edition watch presents the time on a luscious green dial that nods to nature and is inspired by the grasses of the Okavango Delta. It also completes its look on an exclusive green fabric strap created by Erika’s Originals.


Inspired by one of nature’s miracles...



Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of which is covered by the Okavango Air Rescue’s service. Its flat lands cover over 20,000km2, remaining one of the world’s most spectacular sites to behold. The grasslands, marshes and lagoons are home to the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant. The rescue team’s two PC-12 fixed-wing aircraft and two Bell Jetranger 206 III helicopters are deployed across this vast land, relying on the funds from tourists to keep the organisation in operation.


The Oris Okavango Air Rescue Limited Edition watch


Oris helps support the work of the OAR by releasing this limited edition watch based on the design of the popular Big Crown ProPilot watch. The green textured dial is designed to promote legibility whilst its safari detailing celebrates the partnership between the brand and Okavango Air Rescue’s mission. A multi-piece stainless case takes residence on the wrist with a 41mm diameter. It boasts the instantly recognisable turbine engine-inspired bezel, which surrounds the grass-green dial with a Sahara-textured finish. Both the hands and the hour markers are treated with a layer of Super-LumiNova to assist with timekeeping in the dark. The hour markers are the classic pilot-inspired Arabic numerals – each one clearly positioned with plenty of space between the next. A red-tipped central second hand parades the dial with a soft sweeping glide and is powered by the automatic movement from inside. A domed anti-reflective lens crafted from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass protects the surface of the dial, complete with a date aperture at 3 o’clock. A stainless steel screw-in security crown at 3 o’clock on the case has also been finished in true Big Crown ProPilot style. Its fluted finish features the Oris lettering upon its tip.



As aforementioned, the caseback of the new Oris Okavango Air Rescue watch bears a special image depicting one of the OAR’s aircraft in motion above the lands of Botswana. The image is accompanied by a special limited edition number and a reference to the case’s water-resistant capability. The watch is powered by the Oris 751 based on the Sellita SW 220-1. This engine provides central hours, minutes and seconds, an instantaneous date, date corrector, a fine timing device and a stop-second function. Complete with a 38-hour power reserve, it will endeavour to keep perfect timing even when not worn on the wrist. The green textile strap fitted onto the Oris Okavango Air Rescue watch has been created by Erika’s Originals exclusively for Oris and secures to the wrist with a stainless steel fastening. An additional brown leather strap with a steel pin buckle is also supplied with the purchase.



For more information on the new Oris Okavango Air Rescue watch or to secure one of the 2,011 pieces available, you can visit the product page here or speak to a member of the Jura Watches team on 01335 453453


Technical specifications of the new Oris Okavango Air Rescue Limited Edition watch

  • Case: Stainless steel – multi-piece case construction – 41mm – 100-meter water resistance – fluted, screw-in security crown – anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal glass front – special engraved caseback
  • Dial: Green textured dial inspired by the grasslands of the Okavango Delta – Super-LumiNova-coated Arabic numeral hour marker s- luminous central hands – date window at 3 o’clock
  • Movement: Oris 751 – based on the Sellita SW 220-1 – 42-hour power reserve – 28,800 vibrations per hour – instantaneous date – date corrector - fine timing device - stop-second function – central hours, minutes, seconds
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  • Availability: one of 2,011 pieces available worldwide
  • Price: £1,950
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