The Swiss watchmaker has presented the vintage-fashioned Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 replica (ref. 01 733 7669 4084-Set LS) limited edition automatic watch. Featuring a classic notched bezel, a set of art-deco-styled Arabic numerals and nicely shaped luminous hands, the watch looks cool and is also easily recognizable among hundreds of standard B-urh-style timekeepers. Well, in fact, there were two such planes that the Polish engineers brought to take part in the Challenge, but it was the SP-AHN 06 that got the highest prize (that’s why the central seconds hand has a winged “06” symbol on its counterweight). Unfortunately, both winners -pilot Franciszek Zwirko and mechanic Stanislaw Wigura- died just two weeks after the closing ceremony when their plane crashed during a storm.
Returning to the timepiece itself, I can help but notice that, unlike many pilot watches, this particular gadget comes in a well-proportionate body with elegantly shaped lugs and a slightly oversized winding crown that makes it especially easy to operate the device. The crown seems to be a little too long and there is a risk that the part will bite you in the back of your palm from time to time. Paying homage to the winners of the contest, a Polish team of airplane designers and aviators, the best fake oris challenge international watch comes with its solid case-back cover engraved with a silhouette of the RWD 6 sports plane.
As to the legibility, it looks absolutely flawless. The hour and minute hands are painted with light-green Superluminova and are of different shapes, which makes it especially easy to tell time even in darkness. A set of square-shaped hour markers make this task even easier.
According to the brand’s PR service, the watch will be issued as a limited edition model with only 1923 pieces being ever offered for sale. As you can see on the picture, each Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 will be offered in a nice presentation box that will also include an engraved Zippo lighter that will somehow offset its fairly impressive price of $1850 USD.
Oris Challenge International de Tourisme 1932 Limited Edition (ref. 01 733 7669 4084-Set LS) automatic watch specification
Price: $1850 (USD)
Movement: Automatic, Sellita SW200, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 38 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Numerals: Arabic, applied
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Brown leather strap with contrast beige stitching
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Engraved
Oris doesn’t make its own movements, but there is no problem with that: the caliber Sellita SW200 that powers the Oris copy watch is well-known to qualified servicemen and is also relatively affordable, which makes it easier (and cheap) to service the timekeeper or repair it if something goes wrong.