Carl Brashear: Man of Honor
A true symbol of triumph, Carl Brashear grew up in a poor farming community in rural Kentucky where he overcame poverty, a lack of education, racism and a tragic accident that left him disabled. Against all odds, he went on to become the U.S. Navy’s first African American diver and the first amputee Master Diver. Inspiring so many to “never give up,” he is widely known and respected as one of the most celebrated military heroes.
Oris has worked closely with the Carl Brashear Foundation since 2015—which carries on Carl’s legacy by supporting veterans and vulnerable individuals within our society—and has now produced three watches with his namesake.
Introducing the Carl Brashear Cal. 401 Limited Edition
Oris presents the newest model in the Carl Brashear lineup, the Carl Brashear Cal. 401 Limited Edition (01 401 7764 3185-Set).
This is the first watch powered by the Oris Calibre 401, designed and developed in-house by Oris watchmakers. The movement is extremely accurate, within -3/+5 seconds a day, and features an impressive five-day power reserve and heightened levels of anti-magnetism. The watch’s blue dial is a nod to Naval tradition, and the bronze case symbolizes the helmets worn by Brashear when he was a U.S. Navy Master Diver. The bronze will also take on a one-of-a-kind finish as it is worn and loved over time, subtly telling the unique story of the wearer. Additional features include a small seconds function at 6 o’clock, a hand-crafted moisturewicking woven elastic nylon webbing strap, a uni-directional rotating bezel with a diving scale in relief and water resistance up to 100m.
Aesthetics and features aide, when someone wears a watch bearing the Carl Brashear name, the hope is that they will look at their wrist and be instilled with the confidence to overcome any obstacle life throws their way.