The Oris Carl Brashear Mens Watch

Discover the story of the first African-American Master Diver in the U.S Navy, and the inspiration for the Oris limited edition timepiece.

Oris have released this amazing limited edition bronze timepiece to commemorate the life of the first African-American Master Diver in the U.S Navy, Carl Brashear.

Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 at the age of 17, and graduated from their prestigious diving programme in 1956, despite being severely racially discriminated against.

In 1966 he lost the lower part of his left leg after an accident during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb off the Spanish coast. Despite this injury, and after a lengthy rehabilitation process, Carl Brashear became the first amputee diver in the U.S military in 1968 and the first African-American Master Diver in 1970.

Some may recognise the amazing achievements of Carl Brashear, as his story was the inspiration for the film ‘Men Of Honour’ in 2000, with Cuba Gooding Jnr taking the role of Brashear.

After a distinguished career of over 30 years in the Navy, Brashear went into retirement in 1979. He died in 2006 at the age of 75 years.

To celebrate the accomplished life of Carl Brashear, Oris, have unveiled this stunning timepiece, crafted from bronze. This is a metal which is initially bright and shiny but over time will develop a natural patina developing it's own unique characteristics. 

A special commemorative case back, made from stainless steel, is engraved with the famous quote from Brashear; "It's not a sin to get knocked down; it's a sin to stay down."

This luxurious men’s watch is limited to only 2,000 worldwide.

Find out more about the Carl Brashear watch here.