The Swiss watchmaking house, Oris, pays tribute to a Swiss aviation pioneer, Oskar Bider, with an exceptional limited edition watch. This newcomer celebrates the centennial of the Bider’s first flight across the Alps.
In July 1913, the Swiss pilot became the first flyer to cross the Alps at the age of 22. Bider also set a new altitude record as he piloted his Bleriot XI monoplane up to 3,600 meters in the thin mountain air to fly over the Jungfraujoch ridge. His life was indeed an extraordinary adventure.
The Oskar Bider Limited Edition Watch with the referent number 7567 774 4084 features the brand’s distinctive Big Crown casing, with signature details, such as a coin edge top ring and Big Crown numerals.
The Oris novelty is housed in a round case crafted from stainless steel. The case measures 42mm in diameter and it is equipped with a fixed bezel. On the right side of the case, there is a large steel crown and two chronograph push pieces in steel. The water resistance of this limited edition piece is about 30 meters or 100 feet.
The case is protected with a vintage-styled plexi glass. A black, guilloche finished dial comprises three sub-dials located at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. The odd hours are represented with indices, while the even hours are marked with Arabic numerals. The hour and minute hands, as well as indices are filled with Superluminova to ensure perfect legibility under low light conditions. A date aperture is placed at the 3 o’clock position.
The heart of the Oskar Bider Limited Edition timepiece is in-house manufactured caliber 774 based on SW500. The mechanical movement provides the usual set of functions, as well as date and chronograph functionality. The case back of the watch features an engraved tribute to the amazing aviation pioneer, Oskar Bider.
The new Oris timepiece is issued in a limited quantity of only 300 pieces, each presented in a wooden box. The Oskar Bider’s timepiece comes with a dark brown leather strap with white stitching and brush-finished pin buckle in steel. The retail price in Switzerland is CHF 2,500 (about $2,685).