Roberto Clemente was the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He won two World Series titles playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates over his 18-year career, accumulating an MVP trophy, 15 All-Star selections, and exactly 3,000 hits in the process. Clemente was more than an excellent ballplayer on the diamond, he was also a world-class humanitarian off it, and since 1971, Major League Baseball has annually presented the Roberto Clemente Award to the individual baseball player who has most effectively used their platform to engage with and assist their community. Today, September 9, is considered Roberto Clemente Day across all of baseball, and Oris has announced a partnership with the Roberto Clemente Foundation to help commemorate his legacy. Limited to 3,000 pieces – one watch for each of Clemente’s hits as a Major League ballplayer – the new Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Roberto Clemente is a handsome tribute to one of baseball’s most influential ambassadors.
The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Roberto Clemente Limited Edition has a charming, vintage-inspired design that stands out with its unique black, white, and gold color scheme that references the uniforms worn by the Pittsburgh Pirates during Clemente’s tenure with the team, from 1955 to 1972.
Made of steel, the watch builds on the successful Big Crown Pointer Date formula that Oris has iterated on since the watch first became a mainstay in the brand’s catalog in the late 1930s. There’s an oversize, screw-down crown that is easy to grip, a domed crystal, and a coin-edge bezel that complements the fluting of the crown. A black and gold railroad-style minute track contrasts nicely with the white dial and is surrounded by golden Arabic hour numerals on the inside and date markers on its periphery. Traditional cathedral hands indicate the hour and minute, while a triangular-tipped hand rotates the dial once per month, marking each passing day. All of the date numerals are executed in black, save for the 21 marker, which is in gold as a tribute to Clemente’s uniform number.
The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Roberto Clemente Limited Edition has a highly wearable case profile with a 40mm diameter and downturned lugs. The closed caseback features a relief engraving of Clemente at-bat and is individually numbered out of the production run of 3,000 pieces. Oris is gifting each winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, from 1971 to today, with the Big Crown Pointer Date Roberto Clemente Limited Edition that matches their winning year; for example, the watch numbered 2,020 will be awarded to this year’s winner.
Inside the Big Crown Pointer Date Roberto Clemente Limited Edition is the workhorse Oris caliber 754, a rebadged Sellita SW 200-1 that offers up 38 hours of power reserve and automatic winding. Each watch is delivered on a light brown leather strap with double stitching inspired by the seams of a baseball glove and comes with a special commemorative box with an additional brown-and-tan striped NATO strap and a spring bar tool. Oris is also including, with each order, a replica “vintage” baseball with Clemente’s signature and the logo of the Roberto Clemente Foundation.
The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Roberto Clemente is priced at $ 1,950, and it’s available right now in the HODINKEE Shop.