Oris celebrates the legacy of US Navy Master Diver, Carl Brashear

Brashear was the Navy's first African American and first amputee Master Diver.
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Oris is celebrating the life and legacy of Carl Brashear, the US Navy's first African American and first amputee Master Diver. With a career that spanned more than 30 years, Brashear joined the Navy at 17, fighting through discrimination and in 1966, lost his leg in an accident during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. 

After extensive rehabilitation, he became the Navy's first amputee diver in 1968 and then went on to become a Master Diver in 1970. Brashear eventually retired in 1979 and passed away in 2006 at the age of 75. To honor such a incredible life, Oris is releasing a limited edition watch in bronze, the same material used in Brashear's diving hardware. 

The watch will have a 43mm case with a blue dial and features an Oris cal. 771 automatic movement that is based on the Sellita SW 510, which has a power reserve of 48 hours. The back of the watch features a stainless steel case back engraved with a diver's helmet and a quote from Brashear that reads: "It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down."

CHF 4,700 (approx. $4,775), oris.ch

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