Oris introduced today the third watch created in partnership with the Foundation of Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy’s first African American and first amputee Master Diver, whose life was also remembered in the film Men of Honour.
The new Carl Brashear Calibre 401 Limited Edition is the first of this series to be powered by Oris’ in-house Calibre 401, a five-day automatic movement.
Limited to 2,000 pieces, the new model is cased in 40 mm of bronze, a material that well represents the early diving equipment Brashear used, which was also made of bronze. Characterised by a natural warmth, bronze ages over time, developing a natural patina that will make each watch bespoke to its wearer.
Oris equipped the watch with Calibre 401, an automatic movement that is based on the Calibre 400 launched by the Swiss brand last year. In-house designed and produced by the Swiss brand, Calibre 401 differs from Calibre 400 for featuring small seconds at 6 o’clock. Beating at the frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), the movement guarantees an accuracy of -3/+5 seconds a day, a performance that is in line with COSC requirements for chronometers. It also offers heightened levels of anti-magnetism and a 10-year extended warranty.
Enhanced by hands and indices with Super-LumiNova, the blue dial is framed by a uni-directional rotating bronze bezel with a diving scale in relief and protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside.
The screwed case back — featuring an embossed traditional diver’s helmet and Carl Brashear’s famous mantra: ‘It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down’ — is crafted from stainless steel.
Matched to a moisture-wicking woven elastic nylon webbing strap, the new Oris Carl Brashear Calibre 401 Limited Edition has a price of CHF 3,900. oris.ch