For Oris, one of the many advantages of being independent is that they’re free to do what they think is right. Sometimes that means creating a new watch, a new movement or an innovation that will serve their customers’ needs. And often, it means following their heart and doing something that will bring meaningful change in the world. It means doing the right thing.

The New Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition
Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition

A few years ago, Oris brought the projects they were working on to bring that change under the banner of ‘Change for the Better’. They have partnered with non-profit organisations all over the world, many of them at the forefront of conservation, finding ways to clean, restore and protect our environment.

Now, Oris is very proud to announce a new partnership with the Roberto Clemente Foundation, a humanitarian organisation named in honour of baseball’s Roberto Clemente and run by his family.

Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition Case Back
Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition

Roberto was an extraordinary talent, and over the coming pages we’ll tell the story of how he became one of the greatest ballplayers of all time, and how he was tragically taken from this Earth before his time while delivering humanitarian aid.

But as the foundation is always keen to impress, Roberto was more than a baseball icon. He was also a father, brother, husband and, more importantly, a great human being. The Oris partnership celebrates Roberto’s talent and achievements, but it also underlines who he was and the values he stood for – to bring Change for the Better.

On 9 September 2020, Roberto Clemente Day, they are proud to introduce the Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition.

Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition
Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition

Roberto Clemente

A baseball Hall of Famer, a hero in his native Puerto Rico and a man who died serving others, Roberto Clemente’s legacy lives on

Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker is a 20th century hero. Born the youngest of seven children in Puerto Rico in 1934, he would go on to become one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game. But he was more than a ballplayer. He was a passionate humanitarian and activist and lived to serve others by bringing real change in his home country and his local community.

Roberto Clemente conducting a baseball clinic for local children in his native Puerto Rico
A true role model: Roberto Clemente conducting a baseball clinic for local children in his native Puerto Rico

From humble beginnings, Roberto’s life changed quickly. At 17, he began his career in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League and a year later moved to the U.S. to join the Brooklyn Dodgers organisation.

Roberto Clemente with his wife Vera
The power of partnership: Roberto Clemente with his wife Vera. It was Vera who continued Roberto’s legacy after his death.

In the years that followed, he would overcome discrimination because of the colour of his skin and become a baseball legend. In 1955, he made his Major League debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he would stay for 18 seasons. He was an exceptional athlete, with a mighty throwing arm. He won two World Series with the Pirates and became a 12-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, before reaching 3,000 hits with the last hit of his career in September 1972, making him the first Latin American player to reach the mark.

Pittsburgh Pirates Roberto Clemente
Never stop moving forward. Whether playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates or bringing humanitarian aid to help the vulnerable, Roberto Clemente was always purposeful

During the following winter, Nicaragua was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, leaving as many as 11,000 people dead and 300,000 without a home. Roberto, who had been involved in community work throughout his career, sent aid, but discovered his shipments had gone missing in the chaos, almost certainly diverted by corrupt local officials.

Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker
Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker

He insisted on accompanying the next shipment to make sure it reached the people who needed it most, and on December 31, he boarded a plane. It would never reach its destination. Roberto Clemente died, serving others, aged just 38. The plane crashed into the sea and his body was never found.

Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition Full Box for sale
Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition

But his name lived on. In 1973, Roberto was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The same year, the Commissioner’s Award, awarded annually to a Major League player for their work in the community, was renamed the Roberto Clemente Award. And Roberto’s number 21 was retired by the Pirates.

Men Watches Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition
Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition

In 1993, the Roberto Clemente Foundation was established with a mission to ‘Build Nations of Good’. Headed by his widow Vera and now his son Luis Clemente, it continues his proud legacy of bringing real change.

Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition Watch Review
Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition

Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition

Technical specifications:

Limited to 3,000 pieces to represent his career hits and with the date at 21 in gold, the Roberto Clemente Limited Edition is a glorious tribute to an extraordinary man

Reference: 754 7741 4081-Set

In Detail:

·       Case: Multi-piece stainless steel case

·       Size: 40.00 mm (1.575 inches)

·       Dial: White with black and gold detailing inspired by Roberto Clemente’s uniform

·       Luminous material: Hands and indices with Super-LumiNova

·       Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside

·       Case back: Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings

·       Operating devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown

·       Strap: Light brown leather strap with double stitching inspired by a baseball glove, stainless steel buckle

·       Water resistance: 5 bars


·       Number: Oris 754

·       Functions: Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date centre hand, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second

·       Winding: Automatic

·       Power reserve: 38 hours

Limited edition: Special box, certificate, additional black, gold and white NATO strap with buckle, strap change tool, limited to 3,000 pieces

The price for the Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition is CHF 1,850 and is available from September 2020.

For more information please visit Oris Online.