"There's a reason I'm wearing this tonight..."
Had the pleasure of attending the Force Recon launch event last night at the Marines Memorial Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco. Never been to this particular spot, and as a military history buff, I was pretty blown away by all the incredible memorabilia lining the halls — especially the library on the 11th floor, which held General MacArthur's pipe, original photographs and sand taken from the beaches of Iwo Jima, along with innumerable books on US military history. Very cool stuff, and a pretty spot-on setting for the formal launch of the Force Recon.
Now, I've already used and dove with the watch, and little has changed since then — though I did learn that the full 'kit' includes a rubber strap, the nylon NATO strap w/ adapters, and a special velcro covering which completely hides the luminous and reflective elements of the watch (basically just the indices and crystal) from giving the wearer away. The highlight of the evening wasn't the watch, but getting a chance to meet the FORECON members (stationed at Alameda nearby) who were involved in the design and testing of the watch (including the marksman who came up with the idea for the watch covering), and learning about Oris' distinct role in giving back to the community that helped bring it to fruition. Specifically, this is by supporting the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation as outlined below:
(Here's what the text in the slide read)
"Dedicated to providing immediate assistance and ongoing support to the Marine Reconnaissance Community and its veterans. They actively support Marine Recon Operators, US Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman and their spouses and children."
Their activities include:
• Family services Command Support Program
• Direct assistance for special requests and immediate needs
• Transition Assistance program
• Goldstar Scholarship Fund
• Hosting the annual Recon Challenge [an annual fundraiser wherein Oris watches would be put up as raffle prizes]
Oris will be donating $5,000 and 4 Force Recon GMT watches to support the organization's programs [above is Oris North America CEO VJ Geronimo presenting the check]
I've said it before that the Force Recon was quite literally, one of the coolest "military" derived watches that I'd ever handled, and now that I know that Oris isn't just riding the name of the Marines, this edition gets a pretty enthusiastic thumbs-up from me. Pretty rad!
(My buddy Phil Burghard from Wild Shutter Imaging shot this last one. He's good at stuff)