Oris Carl Brashear limited edition watch, based on the brand’s 65-year replica diving watch as the prototype, the first use of bronze forged case, to the first navy history in the US Navy Carl Brashear’s inspirational life tribute.
Brashear joined the US Navy at the age of 17 in 1948. He overcomes the serious racial discrimination at the time and graduated from the Naval Dive Search and Rescue School in 1954. In 1966, Brashear unfortunately lost his left leg while salvaging a hydrogen bomb that had crashed into the sea due to an aviation accident. But after rehabilitative training unimaginable by ordinary people, he returned to the diving position in 1968 and became the first amputee diver in the United States. In 1970 he was promoted to be the first African-American navy diver.
Brashear served in the US Navy for more than 30 years and was retired in 1979. He died in 2006 at the age of 75. His legendary story was brought to the screen in 2000-starring Cuban star Gooding, ‘Men of Honour’.
Oris used bronze for the first time to make the case, inspired by the copper deep diving helmet of the 1950s. At the same time, as a non-ferrous metal, copper is a symbol of Brashear’s victory over racial discrimination. The design prototype of the new watch is a 65-year replica version of the diving watch released in 2015, with a diameter of 42mm. The copper case is initially shiny and bright. Over time, copper will chemically react with carbon dioxide and water vapor in the air, gradually oxidizing and discoloring. The degree of change varies from person to person, that is, each watch becomes unique with its wearer.
The unidirectional rotating bezel is also made of bronze with a raised minute scale to record the diving time. The stainless steel back cover is engraved with Brashear’s diving helmet pattern and his life motto: “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down”. The watch is driven by Oris automatic mechanical movement and is water resistant to 100 meters.
The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition pays tribute to the great fighters who defeated discrimination and physical obstacles, allowing time to breed personality and freedom on the wrist. Part of the watch sales profits will be donated to the Carl Brashear Foundation to support the diving search and rescue business.
Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition
Product number: 733 7720 3185, table diameter: 42.00mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces worldwide
Oris733 self-winding mechanical movement with 6 o’clock calendar display
· Bronze case and crown, 100 meters waterproof
· Unidirectional rotating diving bezel with 60-minute scale and 0-point scale coated with Super-LumiNova®
· Double-sided arched sapphire mirror with anti-reflective coating on the inside
· Stainless steel back cover, engraved with deep diving helmet pattern, Brashear quote and limited number
Dark blue arched dial with rose gold-plated indexes, hands and indexes coated with Super-LumiNova®
· Dark brown leather belt with bronze pin buckle
· Recommended retail price, about RMB 17,800