Oris made quite a splash when it released the Carl Brashear Limited Edition in 2016, an attractive dive watch encased in bronze. The choice of bronze lends it a retro vibe not just because of the colour but also because the material develops into a patina that is unique to the wearer over time.
When it is new, the watch posseses a shiny sheen similar to gold; after a period of time, the lustre would be replaced by a more subdued appearance of well-worn vintage. On the practical side, bronze is anti-corrosive, which is why it is popular in the marine industry.
The celebration of the life and accomplishments of Carl Brashear continues this year with a chronograph. The characteristic bronze case is paired with a blue dial, curved slightly for distinction. Rose gold-plated indices and hands make a nice contrast against the blue while complementing the bronze case.
The unidirectional 60-minute bezel, also crafted in bronze, features a zero marker filled with Superluminova for excellent visibility underwater. The steel caseback is 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”. A brown leather strap with bronze pin buckle completes the look.
Limited to 2,000 pieces, it is powered by Oris Cal. 771 based on the Sellita SW 510 workhorse.