The Swiss watchmaker has just released a new limited edition version of its elegant BC3 pilot. Called Oris BC3 Air Racing Silver Lake (Ref. 01 735 7641 4184-Set), the new timekeeper sports the same general styling as the other members of the family, but has a nice twist about its high-contrast, matte-black dial.
The twist in question is, of course, the day of week window that now features a unique, personalized wheel.
Since the watch pays homage to Oris Air Racing Team that takes part in the legendary annual Reno Air Races championship at the Reno Stead Airport, the usual “MON”, “TUE” and all the other acronyms are substituted with images of different types of planes that are allowed to compete for the title.
The other elements of the dial seem to remain unchanged. There is a pretty standard date aperture at 6 hours, a set of luminous Arabic numerals and three hands that are, too, covered with white Superluminova BG W9 compound and allow to easily read the watch in virtually any lighting conditions.
Like their older Oris Williams F1 Team Day Date automatic watch (ref. 735 7634 4765 RS), the Air Racing Silver is powered by the Oris 735 self-winding movement, which is based on the well-known Sellita SW220 ebauche.
The movement is hidden inside a stainless steel body that combines brushed and polished surfaces. Being just 42 millimeters in diameter, the case is compact and also seems to be quite slim.
Like many recently introduced limited editions, the watch comes with a so called ‘memorable set’ that includes a nicely executed presentation box, as well as a certificate of authenticity and an alternative rubber strap with a handy tool to change it if need be.
Pricing is still unknown, but, considering that the Swiss brand plans to sell as many as 1000 pieces, I don’t really think that it will be significantly more expensive than $1500 or something.*
* UPDATE ON PRICE: The BC3 Air Racing Silver Lake was offered with an MSRP of $1850 USD. The price still looks just about right for a timepiece that is equipped with a nice version of one of the most robust and reliable mass-produced movements in history. While I still think that 1000 pieces of an entry-luxury model is quite far away from my idea of a “limited edition” watch (besides other factor, it will lose its value a lot faster than a true LE model,) from where I sit, the watch is still very good in the “value for money” department, especially if you plan to buy one in a reputable online store with their impressive discounts over suggested prices.
Oris BC3 Air Racing Silver Lake (Ref. 01 735 7641 4184-Set) specification
Price: $1850 (MSRO)
Movement: Automatic, Oris 735 (base caliber Sellita SW220), Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of week
Case material: Stainless steel
Size: 42.00 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous (White Superluminova BG W9)
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet, folding clasp AND an additional rubber strap with a tool to exchange it
Crystal: Sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on the inner side
Back: Solid, engraved, screwed