Oris introduces its very first bronze (diving) watch remembering the extraordinary life of Carl Brashear. He was the U.S. Navy’s first African American master diver. Discover the watch, see my live taken pictures …
To make the story short, let me shout out: This is a real cool diver!
Just have a look at the watch…
What do you say?
More then that!
I already saw the watch in December and had my hands on.
Guys, the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition is based on Oris’s Divers Sixty-Five, a watch I also like very, very much.
The Carl Brashear Limited Edition is the first Oris watch to be made in bronze, a naturally aging material used in deep-sea diving helmets of the 1950s. As already mentioned above it takes its aesthetic from the Divers Sixty-Five, but at 42 mm in diameter.
Bronze is initially bright and shiny, and then darkens as its copper content reacts with carbon dioxide and moisture. So in contrary to other bronze watches this is a natural bronze and not a treated one that will never change its look. How boring is the latter!
The Oris diver will have its unique relationship with its owner! This means that each of the limited run of 2,000 pieces will develop a unique patina over time and start to look better and better …
Just in case you wish to stopp the patina to further develop and clean your Oris diver you can simply do this with the watch as you would clean “third teeth” (with e.g Kukident or something comparable)
Who was Carl Brashear?
Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 as a 17-year-old, and despite facing discrimination on account of his race. He graduated from the Navy’s diving programme in 1954. In 1966, he lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. After an exhausting period of rehabilitation, he became the U.S. Navy’s first amputee diver in 1968, and then qualified as a Master Diver in 1970, the first African American to do so. After a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy that lasted more than 30 years, Brashear retired in 1979. He died in 2006 aged 75.
I am sure you all did see the film Men of Honor.
The extraordinary story was the inspiration for the film Men of Honor in the year 2000, starring Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Charlize Theron.
Carl Brashear was portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
Click >>> HERE <<< to get more information …
… and I invite you to see the trailer of this thrilling movie!
The unidirectional rotating bezel is also made of bronze, with a raised minute scale for tracking dive times, a look that recalls a number of diver’s watches in the Oris archive. The stainless steel case back shows Brashear’s helmet and his very personal claim. Under the watch’s dark blue dial ticks an automatic mechanical movement, and the watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition is presented in a luxurious wooden box with US Navy Master Diver badge on the inside of the cover.
The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition shows Brashear’s diver helmet with his claim “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down”.
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition
Ref. No. 733 7720 3185 LS, Ø 42.00mm
- Limited to 2,000 pieces
- Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200, with date at 6 o’clock
- Multi-piece bronze case and screw-in bronze crown. Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
- Diver’s unidirectional revolving bronze top ring with 60-minute timer. Zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
- Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
- Screwed stainless steel case back with special engraving and engraved limitation number
- Dark blue, curved dial with applied rose gold plated indices, filled with Super- LumiNova®. Hour, minute and second hands rose gold plated and filled with Super-LumiNova®
- Dark brown leather strap with bronze pin buckle
- Swiss Retail Price CHF 2,600
- Available from April 2016
In my eyes the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition presents a unique opportunity to own Oris’s first bronze watch, but more importantly to pay tribute to a man whose convictions changed the course of history and to support the Carl Brashear Foundation.
A man of honor!
So after discovering the watch… What do you think? Let me know!
To get more information about the Carl Brashear Foundation please click >>> HERE <<<