Oris – Greenwich Mean Time Limited Edition
Until the late 19th century, clocks around the planet were set according to local dawn and sunset. The time of the day was determined by where the sun was in the sky out of nowhere and therefore there were a few hundreds standard times all around the globe.
Things changed about 130 years prior thanks to Sir Sandford Fleming, boss engineer at the Canadian Pacific Railway, who had the possibility of a 24-hour clock and time zone administered meridians.
For at least five years Fleming tried hard to persuade the Canadian Government and other countries to adopt the proposed time zones. Arrangements were at last concurred at the International Meridian Conference held in October 1884 in Washington. Removing the multiple great meridians, Fleming’s Standard Time saw Greenwich established as the center of the world’s new clock system and the starting point of the International Date Line.
The new Oris Greenwich Mean Time Limited Edition pays reverence to this milestone moment in the history of timekeeping.
The 42 mm stainless steel case outlines a silver guilloche dial with applied lists and Super-LumiNova treated hour and minute hands. In accordance with the intention to commemorate the introduction of Greenwich Mean Time, the optional time show at 3 o’clock has a a subtle globe depicting the world’s time zones out of sight and incorporates a night and day indicator. Squeezing one of the double pushers, it is not difficult to bounce to and fro between alternate time zones.
The 4Hz (28,800 vph) automatic movement Oris Caliber 690, in view of ETA 2836-2, offers a force save of 38 hours. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters.
A limited edition of 1000 pieces, the Oris Greenwich Mean Time (ref. 690 7690 4081) is conveyed in extravagance wooden presentation box and can be matched to a dull earthy colored leather strap or a steel bracelet.
The retail cost is Swiss Francs 3,300/Euro 2,900.