Based on Oris’s hugely successful Divers Sixty-Five, the stunning Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition celebrates a man who not only conquered challenges of race, but also of disability. The first African-American to attend and graduate from the Diving & Salvage School and the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, Carl Brasher lost his leg on March 23 1966, during a bomb recovery operation and after a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy that lasted more than 30 years, retired in 1979. He died in 2006 at the age of 75 and his extraordinary story was the inspiration for the 2000 film Men of Honor, in which he was portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
The first Oris watch to be made from bronze, a naturally aging material used in deep-sea diving helmets of the 1950s, it’s 42mm in diameter. Since bronze is initially bright and shiny, and then darkens as its copper content reacts with CO2 and moisture, each of the limited run of 2,000 pieces will develop a unique patina over time and create an individual looking watch for each owner.
The unidirectional rotating bezel is also made of bronze, with a raised minute scale for tracking dive times. The stainless steel case back shows Brashear’s helmet and his very personal claim. Under its dark blue dial is an automatic mechanical movement and it is water-resistant to 100 meters.