Oris has begun the new year by releasing their third bronze watch in honor of the U.S. Navy Diver Carl Brashear, an American hero who over came social adversity and became distinguished as the first African-American master diver. The watch is based on their “Divers Sixty Five” design and comes packed with a brand new in-house caliber, which features a 5-day power reserve. Given the high-quality, looks, and limited edition production of this timepiece, anyone interested should dive on iN.The 40mm multi-piece case is made of bronze and the choice of this alloy represents various criteria. First off it matches the material that constructed the early diving equipment Brashear used in his diving expeditions. This fact further links the watch to its core inspiration and origin story. But, another endearing aspect is how bronze ages over time and develops that natural patina, which can imbue each watch with its own unique traits.On the flip-side we encounter a contrasting stainless-steel case back that features an engraving of the unique number of each limited edition piece, a “scuba diver” in the center, as a direct homage to the master diver “Carl Brashear”, plus the inspirational inscription: “IT’S NOT A SIN TO GET KNOCKED DOWN, IT’S A SIN TO STAY DOWN ”.Mounted to the case is a bronze minute scale top ring bezel. It also comes equipped with a bronze screw-in security crown. All topped by a domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating inside. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (300 feet), which makes it a proper diver watch by international standards.
Time is exhibited on a dark navy blue dial with hour index and small printed patina colored minute markers, followed by slightly longer marks for every 5-minute increment. It features a small seconds on the lower-half of the dial, aligned at 6 o’clock. Within the sub-dial is a white inscription that highlights its “SWISS MADE” origin and “5 DAYS” power reserve capacity. The central bronze hands and the hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility.
Oris Carl Brashear Cal 401 Limited Edition
The “Oris Carl Brashear Cal 401 Limited Edition” (Ref#: 01 401 7764 3185) is powered by in-house proprietary self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 401 with 24 jewels and 28,800 Vph. It comes equipped with special alloys to protect against a maximum magnetism of 2,250 gauss. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 120 hours (5 days), when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a blue textile woven elastic webbing strap, secured to the wrist by a bonze buckle. The strap was produced in partnership with Erika’s Originals.This is a limited edition with only 2,000 manufactured pieces. It comes in a special luxury wooden presentation box with a certificate and a 10 year warranty. For more up to date information visit the official Oris website here.
MSRP: $4,200.00 USD