In big news – announced during a week that the Atlanta Braves is celebrating Hank Aaron’s life and legacy –Oris pays tribute to the iconic baseball legend Hank Aaron with a limited-edition version of the brand’s beloved Big Crown watch. This exclusive timepiece celebrates Hank Aaron’s exceptional career, his significant impact on the community, and his enduring legacy in the world of baseball. The new Oris Hank Aaron Big Crown Limited Edition watch is created in collaboration with The Hank Aaron non-profit Chasing the Dream Foundation.
This collaboration is another important milestone in the Oris culture of supporting charitable causes and its involvement in the world of baseball. The brand is the Official Luxury Watch of the Atlanta Braves, as well as of the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, and the San Diego Padres.
About Hank Aaron and the Chasing the Dream Foundation
One of the greats in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, Henry Louis Aaron – Hank – was also a great humanitarian and worked tirelessly to rise above racism and other issues gracefully, ultimately becoming a symbol of strength and perseverance and an advocate of social change.
Aaron, born in 1934, was a natural athlete and entered baseball’s Negro Leagues in 1951, at a time when black players still endured segregation. In 1954, he was recruited to MLB by the Milwaukee Braves, which later became the Atlanta Braves. According to the Oris press release, by 1974, Aaron was chasing down Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, which had stood for almost 40 years. As he bore down on the record, he received hate mail and threats. But again, he persevered, breaking the record on 8 April of that year. By the time he retired aged 42 in 1976, Aaron had set a number of MLB records, some that still stand today: most career runs batted in (RBI) at 2,297, and total bases (6,856). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 1999, MLB created the Hank Aaron Award, awarded annually to the best overall offensive performer in each league.
In 1994, Aaron and his wife Billye founded the Chasing the Dream Foundation, awarding scholarships to underprivileged youths. Aaron died in 2021, but his legacy as a humanitarian lives on through the Foundation. The initial goal of the Chasing the Dream Foundation was to provide grants to 755 youth, one for each of Aaron’s career home runs, but it quickly surpassed this and continues onward.
About the Oris Hank Aaron Big Crown Limited Edition Watch
The Limited Edition Big Crown boasts a multi-piece stainless steel case, measuring 40mm (1.575 inches) in diameter and boasts a timeless design that reflects the enduring spirit of the great baseball Hall-of-Famer.
The elegant white dial is a nod to Aaron’s dedication to purity and fairness both on and off the field. The outer minute track, the peripheral date indication, the hands and the numbers are in blue outlined with red or in red outlined in blue– a reference to the Atlanta Braves and Hank Aaron’s uniform.
For optimum legibility in various lighting conditions, the hands, indices, and numerals on the white dial are filled with Super-LumiNova®, ensuring that the time can be easily read at any time of the day or night. The top glass is made of sapphire, domed on both sides and coated with an anti-reflective layer on the inside, guaranteeing clarity and durability.
The case back, made of stainless steel and secured with screws, features special engravings dedicated to Hank Aaron, further enhancing the watch’s exclusivity and sentimental value for collectors and fans alike. The stainless-steel screw-in security crown ensures that the watch remains water-resistant up to 5 bar, making it suitable for everyday wear.
Functionally, the Oris 754 automatic movement powers the watch, providing center hands for hours, minutes, and seconds, along with a date center hand and instantaneous date feature. The timepiece also includes a date corrector and a fine timing device, which ensures precision in timekeeping. For added convenience, the Big Crown is an automatic watch with a power reserve of 38 hours.
The limited edition run consists of 2,297 pieces, paying homage to the number of RBIs Hank Aaron achieved during his illustrious career. Each watch is meticulously crafted and presented with both a blue leather strap with white stitching and an interchangeable blue, red, and white NATO fabric strap, along with a convenient strap change tool. It is sold in a special commemorative box with Hank Aaron’s number 44 on it. The Oris Limited Edition Big Crown in honor of Hank Aaron will retail for $2,500.
Co-CEO of Oris, Rolf Studer, expressed his honor in collaborating with the Hank Aaron family and the Chasing the Dream Foundation and commemorating the extraordinary legacy of Hank Aaron. “Mr. Aaron is an inspiration. He broke down racial barriers, rewrote the record books and devoted his life to the service of others. For Oris, it is a great privilege to be able to support his legacy and the foundation as it continues its mission to bring Change for the Better to the lives of disadvantaged young people.”