Whether most men can dive or not, they would rather choose diver’s watches. I think there are two reasons. One is the performance. Diver’s watches feature resistance to water, shock and magnetism. They needn’t treat it like treating a little baby in the daily use. In case of raining or swimming, they needn’t worry about it. The other is the recognizable exterior look. With tough, recognizable look, the diving watch makes its owner better in business style or on the sport occasions. Almost all watchmakers manufacture diver’s watches, and the number of famous and popular models is big, like Rolex Submariner, Blancpain Fifty Fathom, Omega Seamaster, Panerai Luminor Submersible and so on. How many people can afford top/luxury diver’s watches? For the middle class or elites, it’s good to choose Oris Divers Collection.
Oris was founded by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian at Hölstein in 1904. Although Oris also had experienced the Quartz Crisis, it still is an independent Swiss watchmaker to today. Long-term development and market competition concerned, many of Swiss watchmakers attach themselves to LVMH Group, Richemont Group or Swatch Group. Oris adheres to watchmaking tradition and enterprise spirit, and nowadays, it only produces mechanical watches. If an entry-level mechanical watch is needed, Oris is the one. Come back to the diver’s watch! In 2016, Oris launched the first diver watch bronze in order to tribute to Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy’s first African American and first amputee Master Diver. History is made by those who break the rules. Carl Brashear is worth being respected. To 2018, Oris presents the second Limited Edition watch again, Oris Divers Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition.
Carl Brashear was born and grown up in an era keeping racism, but he never accepted it obediently, instead, he proved himself with capability and honor. Oris chose to the bronze-cased diver watch again to pay homage to Carl Brashear’s anti-racism feat. The ocean blue dial echoes to the identity of Carl Brashear, a Master diver. The second Carl Brashear Limited Edition presents two-counter layout, small seconds at 9 O’clock and 30-minute counter at 3 O’clock. Rose gold-plated dot hour markers and hands are filled with faded yellow SuperLuminova. The domed sapphire crystal reminds me of the earlier diving watches by Oris. Without date display, the vintage style continues features of Oris Sixty-five Heritage diver watch.
The sealed steel case back is engraved with an old-typed diving helmet, the Carl Brashear’s motto-“It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down!” and serial number. It’s a memorial mark. Oris Divers Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition is equipped with Oris 771, automatic winding mechanical chronograph movement with red rotor. The red rotor is like a beating heart, symbolizing vitality and youth. The movement provides Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition with 48 hours of power reserve. The watch is waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. Not deep, but it’s enough. Dark brown leather strap with bronze buckle is an echo of the vintage theme and an homage to Carl Brashear.