It must be fate that just after publishing my post about my love for bronze dive watches, I come across news about Oris‘ recent release of a limited edition bronze diver celebrating legendary Navy Master Diver Carl Brashear.

Navy Master diver Carl Brashear

Most people know of Brashear thanks to the movie ‘Men of Honor‘, released in 2000. With Brashear played by Cuba Gooding Jr., the movie recounts his struggles with discrimination in the Navy’s diving program. Brashear become the first African American to qualify as a Navy Master Diver, in 1970.

Oris Carl Brashear bronze dive watch

The Carl Brashear Limited Edition is the first Oris watch to be cased in bronze, which was the material used in diving helmets during the 1950’s. It’s styled after the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, but slightly larger at 42mm in diameter.

Unfortunately Oris decided to only rate the Carl Brashear L.E. to 100m of water resistance, instead of the more commonly accepted standard for diver’s watches of 200m. Still, it’s a beautiful watch, and with only 2000 pieces being made would be great to snatch up. Watchtime Magazine has more pictures in their hands on article here.

If you’d like to know more about the unique features of bronze diver’s, check out my post about them here.

The Carl Brashear Limited Edition Ref. No. 733 7720 3185 LS is only available direct from Oris, beginning April 2016.

Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Bronze Diver


  • 42.00mm Limited to 2,000 pieces
  • Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200
  • Date at 6 o’clock
  • Multi-piece bronze case and screw-in bronze crown.
  • Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
  • Diver’s unidirectional revolving bronze top ring with 60-minute timer.
  • Zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
  • Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
  • Screwed stainless steel case back with special engraving and engraved limitation number
  • Dark blue, curved dial with applied rose gold plated indices, filled with SuperLumiNova®.
  • Hour, minute and second hands rose gold plated and filled with Super-LumiNova®
  • Dark brown leather strap with bronze pin buckle
  • Swiss retail price CHF 2,600

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