This limited edition Oris commemorates the US Navy's first African-American Master Diver, Carl Brashear. Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 at 17 and graduated in 1956. In 1966 he had a devastating accident and lost the lower part of his leg, despite this after a long recovery he became the Navy's first amputee diver. He was re-certified in 1968 and was awarded Master Diver in 1970. The film Men of Honor tells his story.
The bronze case has a unidirectional bronze bezel with raised numerals. The deep blue dial has lumed hour pips and markers, plongeur hands which get their name from the French word for diver which is plongeur, and a lollypop centre seconds hand. At 6 o'clock we have a date window. Inside we have the Oris 733 which is a base of a Sellita SW 200-1, 26 jewels automatic beating at 28,800bph. A bronze screw-down crown and a stainless steel screw-down case back give the watch 100m water resistance. A worldwide limited run of 2000 makes it highly collectable.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with original Oris box and original Oris paperwork, all of which relate to the limited edition of this being the Carl Brashear. The bronze has developed its natural patina, this will continue to develop. The watch is in a worn condition so some signs of wear will be seen. The watch is working well.
This is such a great looking watch and one with incredible history and an amazing story to tell, this is what Oris do well! I have loved their watches since my first true modern Swiss watch was an Oris, they will have a soft spot in my heart and they get extra points from me for their work with different charities and connections like this!
Reference : 01 733 7720 3185-Set LS
Movement : Automatic Oris 733 - Base SW 200-1
Age : 2011/NOW
Specific Age : October 2016
Case Size : 42mm
Case Thickness : 14mm
Lug to Lug : 50mm
Lugs : 21mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Bronze with Stainless Steel Back
Service History : N/A