Oris Watch Carl Brashear Review
Thursday - 05 May 2016
A legend is a title given to an individual who is famous for their dedication to a particular field; an icon who has served their duty in a specific occupation with commitment, bravery and honour. Carl Brashear is recognised as a true legend, a man of honour, who overcame racism, prejudice and discrimination to become the first African American Navy Diver holding the title of Master Diver and Master Chief Petty Officer. He is also known for being the first amputee to return to full active duty as a diver in the U.S. Navy. Carl Brashear is an inspirational figure who achieved unbelievable milestones through sheer determination, hard work and passion; an ethic that has not gone unnoticed by Oris and their latest Limited Edition.
Oris pays tribute to the legendary diver with the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition. Celebrating a man who surpassed ideas of his generation and did not let stereotypes prevent him from becoming a success. Moving through the Naval ranks demanded courage, perseverance and determination to ignore the racial slurs and expectations of his race at this time. The same ethic was adopted after loosing his leg yet insisting on returning back to full active duty. An icon who defied discrimination and prejudice to become a legendary figure.
Taking inspiration from the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, the Carl Brashear Limited Edition is truly exquisite! The timepiece mirrors the same shape case, crown and domed sapphire crystal from its predecessor yet adds a few distinctive features for individuality. The dial is an impressive 2mm larger replacing the steel case with a ceramic black bezel for bronze. The divers watch, which is manufactured to a limitation of 2000 is the first bronze watch under the Oris umbrella; a reference to the 1950’s diving helmets made from copper - bronze is an alloy with a high percentage of copper.
The midnight blue dial contrasts beautifully with the stunning bronze case and rose gold plated indices and hands; a striking yet elegant design aesthetic. Brashear’s helmet is engraved on the stainless steel case back along with his inspirational motto - “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down.” A personal quote that Carl lived by to make such an amazing legacy. The Limited Edition houses an automatic-winding movement known as the Oris calibre 733. The date function is witnessed at 6 o’clock with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours and is water resistant to 100 meters.
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