Oris introduces its second limited edition bronze-cased, two-counter chronograph. The new limited edition watch is made to remember the legacy of heroic US Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear.
Brashear became one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th century by defying racial tensions, disability, and the weight of history to become the U.S. Navy’s first African American and first amputee Master Diver.
Like the first watch, a time-only piece, the Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition is based on the Oris Divers Sixty-Five. It uses bronze for its case, bezel, crown and pushers, a highly unusual material in watchmaking. In fact, this is only the second time Oris has used it for the case of a wristwatch—the other time is for the first limited edition made in Carl Brashear’s name.
The 2,000 watches made for this collection will each take on a unique look as bronze ages differently, depending on the atmospheric moisture and the pH levels in the wearer’s perspiration.
Inside the watch is Oris Calibre 771, a special movement with a two-counter chronograph and a formidable 48-hour power reserve. It’s based on Sellita’s SW 510 and appears in the Oris collection for the first time.
The dial’s balanced, symmetrical layout is known as ‘bicompax’ and gives the watch its classic chronograph look, which is further enhanced by the absence of a date indicator. The subdial at 3 o’clock is a 30-minute counter; the subdial at 9 o’clock a small seconds. The dial is blue, a handsome complement to the bronze case and a reminder of the deep water into which Brashear ventured so often and so bravely. The watch comes on a vintage brown leather strap.
A couple of finishing touches complete the story behind the watch. The stainless steel case back features an embossed traditional diver’s helmet and Carl Brashear’s famous mantra “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down.”