Oris has released a special Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition timepiece, which commemorates the Carl Brashear’s legendary achievements.
The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition is the first bronze watch ever produced by the famous Swiss manufacturer. The brand announced it a couple of days ago, and it will be on display during the BaselWorld trade show, in March 2016. As its name suggests, this very special timepiece honors the life and legend of Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy’s first African American master diver whose extraordinary life was the inspiration for the 2000 film Men of Honor.
Brashear was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver. He joined the Navy in 1948 as a 17-year-old, but in 1966, he lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. Nevertheless, in 1968 he became the U.S. Navy’s first amputee diver, and then qualified as a Master Diver in 1970, thus becoming the first African American to do so.
The watch is modeled after the Oris’s highly renowned Divers Sixty-Five, which is a reissue of their popular vintage reference from the sixties. The brand has chosen bronze for Brashear’s timepiece because this material was often used deep-sea diving helmets of the 1950s. One of its most interesting properties is that it oxidizes only superficially, as a thin layer of patina forms on its exterior, lending a unique character to each piece. In other words, each of the limited run of 2,000 timepieces will develop a unique patina over time.
The watch case measures 42mm in diameter, and it features a unidirectional rotating bezel, which is also made of bronze. The raised minute timer helps with tracking dive times, evoking the vintage diver’s watches from the Oris archive. The reverse side reveals a solid stainless steel medallion with Brashear’s diver helmet and his claim “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down”. Underneath the cover beats the automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200, with date at 6 o’clock. The case protects it from water to up to 100 meters.
As announced by the brand, the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition presents a unique opportunity to own Oris’s first bronze watch. The model is limited to 200 pieces, and it retails at CHF 2600, which is around $2623. The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition, reference number 733 7720 3185 LS, is presented in a luxurious wooden box with US Navy Master Diver badge on the inside of the cover. The watch is paired with a dark brown leather strap with bronze pin buckle. For more information, please visit Oris online.
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