Numerous versions of Oris's famed Big Crown Pointer Date have debuted in the last few years, from pastel-dialed beauties to special, limited edition bronze models. The latest iterations, however, is even more special.
Honoring baseball legend Roberto Clemente, who played 18 seasons with the Pirates, was part of two World Series-winning teams and was the first Latin American player to reach 3,000 career hits, the new Roberto Clemente Limited Edition is part of Oris's Change for the Better initiative, a series of partnerships with various non-profits. (Clemente was tragically killed at just 38 years old while accompanying an aid shipment down to Nicaragua on New Years's Eve, 1972 following a major earthquake.)
The Roberto Clemente Foundation, established in 1993 by Clemente's widow Vera and his son Luis, honors the Hall of Famer's legacy with a mission to "Build Nations of Good." As Luis Clemente explained, the foundation "develops tomorrow’s leaders through education, sports and service leadership. We encourage students to become goodwill ambassador sin their communities."
The new watch sees Oris rendering the Pointer Date concept with a special white dial with gold detailing inspired by Clemente's uniform, as well as a gold "21," which was Clemente's number. Super-LumiNova coats the hands and indices beneath a domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The dial is housed in a 40mm stainless steel case with 50m of water resistance — other features include a screw-down crown, a light brown leather strap with double stitching resembling that of a baseball glove, and the Oris cal. 754 movement. The 754 (Sellita SW 200-1) features an instantaneous date complication and hacking as well as a power reserve of 38 hours.
The watch, whose case back is adorned with a relief image of Clemente at back and a unique number, ships in a special box with certificate, an addition black, gold and white NATO strap and a strap-changing tool. Limited to 3,000 pieces (the number of Clemente's lifetime hits), it's available now for $1,950.