"To celebrate World Sight Day on October 12th, OMEGA is proud to unveil a specially created model from its new Speedmaster 38 mm collection that supports the brand’s partnership with Orbis International.
The OMEGA Speedmaster 38 mm “Orbis” watch features a stainless steel case and bezel with a tachymeter scale on a blue aluminum ring. The sun-brushed blue dial includes horizontal, light-blue oval subdials and a vertical oval date window at 6 o’clock. The indexes are rhodium-plated while the hands are also rhodium-plated or varnished Orbis blue. The watch has a stainless steel bracelet and is driven by the OMEGA Co-Axial Calibre 3330.
Since 2011, OMEGA and Orbis have shared a commitment to delivering high-level eye care to some of the world's most remote regions. Aboard its Flying Eye Hospital, Orbis has successfully carried out programs in more than 90 countries across the globe and, not only has it performed millions of medical and optical treatments, the organization has also dedicated itself to training new eye care professionals.
Presley Gerber's role in the unveiling of the watch is fitting, as the charity is very close to his mother Cindy Crawford's heart. The long-time OMEGA ambassador visited the Orbis International team two years ago in Peru and was deeply moved to see how the lives of the young patients were changed by the work of the Orbis healthcare professionals. Her experiences were captured in a documentary titled "The Hospital in the Sky" in which she describes the Flying Eye Hospital as "an aircraft that can perform miracles".
One way that OMEGA supports Orbis is by providing a cuddly teddy bear for every young patient who undergoes a life-changing treatment. That comforting touch was the inspiration for the Orbis Teddy Bear design stamped on the caseback of the Speedmaster 38 mm “Orbis” watch and the blue central seconds hand that includes a special Orbis Teddy Bear counter-weight.
To continue its backing of this great cause, OMEGA will donate a portion of all Speedmaster 38 mm “Orbis” sales to the work of Orbis International. By purchasing this watch, customers can help to make a difference to many lives around the world.
Presley Gerber, holding the symbolic teddy bear and, of course, the Speemaster on his wrist:
I'm praying that my two granddaughters (with one coming in December) don't see this post or else.