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"It's not a sin to get knocked down. It's a sin to stay down."


Such are the words immortalized by U.S. Navy Diver Carl Brashear, now etched into the minds of watch collectors, thanks to the runaway success of Oris' Carl Brashear Bronze Diver two years ago. Oris is revisiting the success of that sold-out 2016 limited edition with a new commemorative edition: the Carl Brashear Bronze Chronograph, which replicates the winning beautiful bronze-on-blue formula, but in a classic twin-register chronograph.


2016's runaway smash hit for Oris: the now long sold-out original Carl Brashear Bronze Diver

That winning formula paved the way for the highlight of my Baselworld attendance in 2016, as I got the chance to meet and interview Philip Brashear, the son of the man after whom the watch is named. A quick historical refresher on Carl Brashear, he was essentially the "Jackie Robinson of the US Navy," breaking significant color barriers around the middle of the century in many of the same ways as the famed professional ballplayer. Not only was Brashear the first African American to enroll in and graduate from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School in 1954, his military career would be punctuated with many incredible accomplishments, including becoming the U.S. Navy's first amputee diver after losing the lower part of his left leg after a hydrogen bomb salvage mission went wrong. He would later become the first African American certified as a Master Diver, amongst many other naval and civilian commendations. His son Philip is also incredibly accomplished in his own right and is a CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot. Listening to Philip talk about the many ways his father overcame adversity was, and continues to be incredibly inspiring.


Oris is sure to duplicate the success of the original Brashear Bronze Diver, by expanding on the design in the form of a chronograph in a slightly upsized 43mm case. While we have yet to handle one in person, chronograph fans should be pleased to note that it appears to still maintain the thin silhouette - a hallmark of the Diver 65 series. What that series hasn't yet seen though, is a chronograph, which is why we suspect we're now looking at an early preview of what else Oris has in store for the collection, as many of the same design codes from the immensely popular Diver 65 collection persist here, including the rotating 60-minute bronze bezel, applied bronze-colored indices and the long stick handset. Vintage-inspired pump pushers, the two timing registers, and a needle-thin chronograph hand are the new flourishes that round out this wonderfully classic dive watch chronograph package.




Inside, Oris has deployed the cal. 771 (a Sellita SW-510 base) - a newly designated chronograph movement for the brand, which skips the date aperture and keeps things simple with a 30-minute counter, and a running seconds hand at 9:00. This is the second time Oris has omitted the date with the Diver 65 series - the first was our very own Divers 65 Topper Edition from 2016. As before, the Carl Brashear Chronograph is water resistant to 100 meters, and ships in a beautiful wooden box with a commemorative coin. Of course the watch is cast in bronze, though it does have a stainless steel caseback, upon which Brashear's now iconic motto is etched: "It's not a sin to get knocked down. It's a sin to stay down."


The Oris Carl Brashear Bronze on the wrist of our friend @watchmax, generating a warm, cheerful patina

And now that we've had a full two years to see them in the wild, we've seen some beautifully patinated bronze on the wrist of friends and colleagues - like this well-worn example on the wrist of our friend Max (follow him on Instagram: @watchmax). Naturally, the Bronze Chronograph will also develop the same rich character, which will vary entirely on the habits and lifestyles of its wearer.


This Brashear Diver belonging to another friend of Topper has lived a different life, as reflected in the darker hues

As was its predecessor, the Carl Brashear Bronze Chronograph is limited to 2000 pieces, and if the disappearance of the 3-handed version was any indication, these are again bound to move quick. If you are interested in learning more or would like to reserve one for yourself, we'd welcome you to inquire by calling Topper Jewelers at 888-730-2221 or emailing [email protected]. The retail price of this watch is $4,950.
 

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This is everything that the Black Bay Chronograph should have been. Oris would be crazy to not introduce it in stainless steel - and soon.
I fully expect we'll see this at Basel. Although I disagree on the commentary re: the Black Bay Chrono.
 

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So months later, what is the demand for this like? Been asking around at a couple of dealers and they say they can order one for late June. Weirdly there was one from the UK for sale here a few weeks ago on WUS. I kind of want one but not 100% sure I’ll love it.
I bought one of the three handers used after they were sold out for just $300 less than retail. Liked the way it looked but thought it was too small for me and was able to resell it for what I paid for it. So that’s my dilemma...if I order one of these and decide it’s not for me, is it likely to be as popular as the three hander. The size is a pro/con for various folks as is the chrono. The pricepoint is $2K higher which makes a lot of difference. Any thoughts on this before I pull the trigger?
 

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I got mine from Rob and I love it. I have a feeling it's not that popular though. I have the non chrono one too and I like this one better. It's more substantial and actually wears better on my 6.75" wrist.

Can't wait for it to patina since it's very good right now.
 

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Can any of you help me with all of what is included with this watch. I just bought one in Las Vegas, and had it shipped to me, however when I was in the store the box they had was damaged. So they ordered a replacement from ORIS to have sent to me, but I don't recall all exactly what came with the watch. I know there was the blue history booklet of Carl, along with a manual, and the warranty cards. I also recall an optional stainless clasp for those with skin sensitivities to bronze. Am I missing anything? Was there also a tool for changing the clasp? Any help would be much appreciated. Just want to make sure I get everything. Thanks!
 
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