Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Diver in Bronze

Last year at Baselworld Oris released the Divers Sixty Five, a simple, vintage inspired dive watch that the industry deemed unanimously cool.

Earlier this year the brand released their first ever bronze watch, based on the popular Divers Sixty Five, the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Diver. The Carl Brashear Diver is as cool as they come – the ultimate weekend warrior, simple, robust, interesting and limited to 2000 units worldwide.

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Carl Brashear was the US Navy’s first amputee diver and the first African-American to qualify as a Master Diver, in 1970. Bronze was chosen for its link to the classic copper diving helmets that Brashear and his fellow unit used. Another advantage of the Bronze case is its natural ageing process, becoming darker as the copper component reacts with carbon dioxide and moisture, and developing a unique patina.

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The 42mm case houses an Oris calibre 733 movement (based on the Sellita SW200) with date function and 40 hours power reserve, water resistant to 100m.  The dark blue dial, is the most striking feature of the watch, especially when contrasted with the Bronze case. On the steel case back is a fitting tribute to Brashear, with an elegant engraving of his dive helmet.

Sensational piece of kit for 2,600CHF.

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