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Oris Carl Brashear Cal. 401 Bronze Limited Edition


New Oris 40mm Carl Brashear Cal. 401 Bronze Limited Edition Blue Dial Nylon Strap Ref. 0140177643185

This Oris watch is the second to use the brand’s caliber 400 for the base. The 401 version comes with a ground-breaking movement which employs over 30 non-ferrous components including a silicon escape wheel and pallet fork to make it highly resistant to magnetism. Additional features include a five-day power reserve achieved through the use of twin mainspring barrels. Only 2,000 individually numbered pieces were produced and this version, like its 2016 and 2018 predecessors, has a bronze case that will patina superbly over time. Adding to its appeal, the case back is engraved with a deep-sea diving helmet as well as the watch’s name and serial number. Many of the Oris’ features are designed with utility in mind: its blue dial has bold indices, and both it and the hands are coated in superluminova to increase visibility. The sapphire crystal is equipped with anti-reflectivity and the dial’s readability is assured by its bronze tone minute track. Even the nylon strap is purposeful and is designed to wick away moisture.

These features make the Oris almost as special as its namesake: Carl Brashear, the first African-American diver in the U.S. Navy as well as the first amputee Master Diver. He joined the Navy in 1948, shortly after its desegregation. Despite the racism he faced, Brashear graduated from the Navy’s dive program in 1954. His legacy lives on today, thanks partly to The Carl Brashear Foundation, which created the annual Navy Diver of the Year award. This award is given to a Navy diver most embodying the courage and bold perseverance of Carl Brashear.

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Item ID0004219
Model #0140177643185
Model NameCarl Brashear Cal. 401 Bronze LE


In 1904, two men purchased a recently closed watch factory and created Oris, a new watch company named after a nearby brook in Switzerland. Seven years later, Oris became the largest employer in the town and by 1925, factories had expanded to six towns across Switzerland. The brook was growing into a river.

Years later, after the death in 1927 of one the original co-founders, Jacques-David LeCoultre became President of the Board of Directors. One year later, Oscar Herzog became the General Manager, a position he would hold until 1971. Oris entered the world of aviation watches with the Big Crown and Pointer pilot watch that they introduced in 1938, the watch that was given an over-sized crown to allow pilots to adjust their watches while wearing gloves. Oris survived the aftermath of the second world war by manufacturing alarm clocks, which led to the development of the eight-day power reserve model in 1949, and later in 1952, to its first automatic watch with a power reserve indicator. Oris entered the world of diving watches with the introduction in 1956, of a watch with a uni-directional rotating bezel and timer scale that was water-resistant to 100 meters. The popular modern Oris diving watch has its roots in this early diving watch.

In 1970, the same year that Oris was absorbed into a larger watch manufacturing group, they produced the Chronoris, their first chronograph. The next dozen years were difficult for Oris due to the so-called quartz crisis when mechanical watches fell out of favor. The rebirth and revitalization of Oris occurred in 1982, when Oris took the bold step of becoming an independent watchmaker that focused on mechanical watches. Today, Oris is one of the few independent Swiss watch manufactures, which allows them to innovative and build high-quality mechanical watches that have the greatest value for the widest audience. As an independent watchmaker, Oris builds their collection around their values. Their Culture collection grew out of their love of music and Jazz. The Motor Sport collection grew out of their collaboration and love of Formula 1 racing, while the collections of Aviation and Diving watches reflect their long history of watch making. Their commitment to expanding culture and conservation is reflected in the limited-edition watches that support the Oceans and Great Barrier Reef. With the ever-expanding development of in-house movements, as well as their commitment to provide the greatest value to the greatest number of people, Oris is a brand that is both growing in respect and popularity.