One of the more glamorous watch events of 2018 took place in the Glasshouse at Seputeh recently. Hosted by Swiss brand Oris, the cocktail party was to celebrate the launch of the Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition. The piece uses the thematic Oris clean lines all around but in this case (if you excuse the pun!) the case is made from bronze.
As you can imagine, a bronze case is usually reserved for special pieces and in choosing the material for their Carl Brashear piece, it says a lot about the man. Mr. Brashear earned his courageous status by overcoming some of the harshest adversities.
He was subjected to racial discrimination and suffered an amputation but rose above it all to become the US Navy’s first African American and first amputee Master Diver. The story of his struggle, strength and eventual triumph even made its way to Hollywood, as the subject of the 2000 film ‘Men of Honour’.
Inside the timepiece, the Oris Cal. 771 movement is the engine of this automatic chronograph. The case itself is a 43mm with a water-resistance of 100m. In this respect, it was a bit of let down considering the man was a Master Diver! But I do get the feeling that a ISO 6425 compliant dive watch in bronze would sit outside the price range of most Oris pieces. Although for me, the watch is a handsome piece which could potentially justify a higher price.
If you’re curious about this piece or the man, do watch ‘Men of Honour’ starring Cuba Gooding Jr as Brashear. And then consider the stainless steel case back, embossed with a diver’s helmet and Brashear’s mantra: ‘It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down.’