Military collaborations often turns up interesting watches. Some are historical like Panerai and IWC for wartime efforts. But peacetime offerings can be interesting too. Sinn is one house which specializes in these, with their EZM series. Luminox have their Navy Seals collaboration, and now we see Oris getting into the game with the United States Marine Corps with the Oris Force Recon GMT Diver.
Oris Force Recon GMT Diver
The US Marines have a reputation as the toughest, meanest, most respectable fighting force on Earth. Oris designed this special watch in collaboration with one of the most esteemed and elite of USMC companies: the USMC Force Recon, a Special Operations Capable Force within the Marines. Using their Diver Pro as the base, the Oris Force Recon GMT Diver is one formidable watch. So lets come straight out and say it. This is a seriously handsome watch. It certainly looks the part. Handsome (we already said that), tough, rugged, strong, bold. And add to the list horology attributes: legible, functional with dual timezone, diving depth of 1000m. Perfect for a US Marine? Perhaps. Perfect for the collector looking for a distinctive dive or tool watch. Definitely!
As a military operational instrument, the dial of Oris Recon GMT is a paragon of legibility. The dial is clearly and boldly marked where it is essential. The primary function of the hour and seconds markers are large, clear and immediately takes center stage for its presence. The secondary functions of the second timezone are smaller, but equally legible, but more subtle. A continuous seconds hand takes the place of a moving disc visible through an aperture at 9 o’clock.
The dial has a subtle, raised wave pattern, to indicate the nautical origins of the Marines as an amphibious component of the US Navy. A USMC Force Recon logo adorns the center of the dial, but the print contrast is such that does not leap out, but rather more subtle. Operational functions first.
The case is in titanium, black plated with a ceramic bezel carrying the minutes scale.
The ceramic bezel can be locked in any desired position by the Oris patented Rotation Safety System, an important safety feature in a dive watch. The watch is tested to 1000m depth. A heavy duty NATO strap is attached, and a spare silicon strap is provided with the purchase.
The matt black DLC coating renders the titanium case almost scratch proof, and the ceramic bezel insert makes for one tough watch. The thick, chunky and masculine looks helping with the impression. The watch measures some 49mm in diameter.
The movement is the Oris Caliber 747, which is actually the Selita SW220-1 which is a plug alternative to the venerable ETA 2824. The movement is certainly not one to win in the beauty stakes for the desiign, nor its finishing, but there is no opportunity for the owner to view the movement as it is encased in the large, thick, and very strong case, but it is decidedly very robust, and reliable, and well chosen for its task.
We think the watch is very well designed and suited for its intended purpose. Although it is not an official issue for USMC Force Recon personnel, it takes on the attributes of the elite fighting force – tough, rugged, strong, and handsome good looks. It also permits its owner, perhaps for a fleeting moment, to imagine himself in a deep reconnaissance and surveillance mission or in an offensive strike mission. This alone might be worth the price of entry.
The watch is well constructed, and is tough in both appearance and in construction. The movement is well selected, a basic movement providing all the necessary functions, and is tough and reliable. And at a MRSP of CHF3800, we think its a rather good buy in the category of a diver or tool watch. Highly recommended.
Oris Force Recon GMT Specifications
Case: Multi-piece titanium case, black plated, ceramic minutes scale top ring
Diameter: 49.00 mm
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case Back: Titanium, screwed, special engravings
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown, black plated
Water Resistance:100 bar
Interhorn Width: 26 mm
Movement: Oris 747, base SW 220-1
Dimensions: Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
Functions: Centre hands for hours, minutes and 24 hours, subsidiary second at 9 h, date window, instantaneous date, date and 24 hour corrector
Winding: Automatic winding, bi-directionally rotating red rotor
Power-Reserve: 38 hrs
Vibrations: 28’800 A/h, 4 Hz