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August 18, 2021    |    

Okavango Air Rescue Limited Edition

Oris marks the 10th anniversary of Botswana’s aeromedical rescue organisation Okavango Air Rescue with a limited-edition version of the Big Crown ProPilot that’s inspired by nature

Imagine looking at a map of Africa for a place where you can make a difference. With its huge geographic and demographic diversity, how would you ever decide where to go?

This was the question Swiss entrepreneur Christian Gross and German-born Dr Misha S. Kruck answered for themselves in 2011 when they founded the aeromedical rescue organisation Okavango Air Rescue (O.A.R.) in Botswana to service a sparsely populated country with lots of remote communities.

Christian Gross and Dr Misha S. Kruck founded Okavango Air Rescue in 2011

The couple had complementary experience. Christian was a conservationist as well as a businessman, and had already established environmental organisations such as Animal Management Consultancy and the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife.

Misha had vast medical experience and had worked all over the world, including during stints at International Red Cross and Rega, the Swiss air rescue service. They moved to Botswana in 2011 and set up O.A.R., a privately-owned and independently funded service that operates helicopters and fixedwing aircraft, as well as a polyclinic, to bring quality medical care to locals and tourists visiting the country.

Okavango Air Rescue
Okavango Air Rescue
Okavango Air Rescue

Oris is delighted to announce a partnership with O.A.R., and a new watch made to celebrate the service’s 10th anniversary. We continue to be passionate about organisations that bring Change for the Better – and about air rescue services. O.A.R. joins Rega and the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia on our list of partner aeromedical organisations.

The new watch is based on the Oris Big Crown ProPilot. Its green dial is inspired by the grasses of the Okavango Delta, and it comes on an exclusive green fabric strap created by Erika’s Originals.

Okavango Air Rescue
Okavango Air Rescue

Specifications: Case Multi-piece stainless steel case | Size 41.00 mm (1.614 inches) | Dial Green | Luminous material Hands and indices with Super-LumiNova® | Top glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside | Case back Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings | Operating devices Stainless steel screw-in security crown | Strap Green textile strap created by Erika’s Originals exclusively for Oris. Supplied with an additional brown leather strap | Water resistance 10 bar (100 m) | Movement Number Oris 751 | Functions Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second | Winding Automatic | Power reserve 38 hours | Limited edition Limited to 2,011 pieces, each delivered in a leather travel pouch

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