January 31, 2016
Oris has unveiled an admirable new diver’s watch that pays tribute to an amazing individual named Carl Brashear. If you are not familiar with the remarkable story of Carl Brashear’s life, there is a lot of info at CarlBrashear.org, as well as many other sites which tell his remarkable story (International Legends of Diving, to list just one). His life (he passed away in 2006 at the age of 75) is one of an amazing individual who overcame racial prejudice, physical and mental adversity his leg was amputed after a gruesome accident during his Navy service), and more, all while showing courage, determination and attitude that is not present in lesser men. The movie Men of Honor, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. (playing Carl Brashear) and Robert De Niro, is inspired by the true story of Brashear. A really amazing and inspiring life story.
In honor of Brashear, Oris has put together a superb looking tribute watch. Limited to 2,000 pieces, it has a 42mm bronze case (bezel and crown, too) and will of course develop a unique patina over time. Inside is the Oris Cal. 733 (Sellita SW200 base). The dark blue dial has a date window at 6 o’clock, with luminous rose gold-plated indices and hands (hours/mins/secs) that have a vintage look to them. The watch comes on a thick brown strap with white stitching.