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Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Hands-On

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We previewed the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition bronze dive watch back in January. Today, we have hands-on images of the actual watch, taken at the Baselworld 2016 watch show where it officially debuted last week. Quite frankly, the professional brand supplied product images don’t do it justice, as it looks much better once you see it is the flesh, and on your wrist. Moreover, at 42 mm, it does not appear much bigger than the wildly popular 40 mm Sixty Five diver, that is part the same collection of dive watches. As we mentioned in the original post, Oris produced this limited edition timepiece to pay homage to the well-known Navy diver, Carl Brashear, who was the first amputee diver in the Navy in 1968, and the first African-American Master Diver in 1970. The Carl Brashear Limited Edition comes

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Introducing the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Diver's Watch

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Oris has produced a diver’s watch that pays homage to well-known Navy diver Carl Brashear with a namesake limited edition based on the popular Divers Sixty-Five. According to Oris, “Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 as a 17-year-old, and despite facing discrimination on account of his race, he graduated from the Navy’s diving programme in 1954. In 1966, he lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. After an exhausting period of rehabilitation, he became the U.S. Navy’s first amputee diver in 1968 and then qualified as a Master Diver in 1970, the first African American to do so. After a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy that lasted more than 30 years, Brashear retired in 1979. He died in 2006 aged 75. His extraordinary story was the inspiration

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Oris adds second retro Divers Sixty-Five model

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Oris first launched the Diver Sixty-Five, inspired heavily by a model they originally produced in 1965, at Baselworld 2015. The Sixty-Five just started hitting stores in August/September 2015. And already it is selling very well. So, Oris has decided to release a second version (Ref. No. 733 7707 4065). The 40 mm stainless steel case, black aluminum and DLC steel bezel, Sellita SW200 movement – are all the same. With the exception of a new black textile strap option, the only thing that has changed is the dial, which is now available in a two-tone dial colorway consisting of grey in the center and light “Deauville” blue on the outer ring. According to Oris, “The light ‘Deauville’ blue colour is lifted straight from the 1960s, and particularly from the cars, clothing and interiors seen during the period in one of

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Oris Force Recon GMT Hands-On

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At Baselworld this year Oris announced a partnership with the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, also known as Force Recon, one of the elite US Special Forces companies. According to Wikipedia, “FORECON is responsible for operating independently behind enemy lines performing unconventional special operations, in support of conventional warfare. The unit’s various methods of airborne, heliborne, submarine and waterborne insertions and extractions are similar to those of the Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, 75th Ranger Regiment, or Air Force Combat Controllers, although Force Recon’s missions and tasks do differ slightly with a focus on primarily supporting Marine expeditionary and amphibious operations. Needless to say, Force Recon soldiers require a highly reliable timepiece that is light and can stand up to the rigorous conditions this elite unit encounters, often behind enemy lines. The Oris ProDiver is 49 mm in diameter,

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REVIEW: Oris Sixty-Five Diver

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Overview This year at Baselworld, Oris launched a vintage-inspired dive watch based on a model they produced in 1965 resulting in a timepiece that is basically an upgraded contemporary version of the original. The new Sixty-Five Diver has a larger diameter steel case with a sapphire crystal, rubber strap, and modern movement. Its predecessor had a chromium-plated brass case with a plexiglass and a plastic strap. Visually, they are very similar, but functionally the new model is far superior. Case The case measures 40 mm in diameter by 12.99 mm thick. The length is approximately 47.5 mm, and the lugs allow for a 20 mm strap. It wears very well, sitting nice and flat. At 78.9 grams, it is very light, which also adds to the comfort factor. Overall, this watch is a great size for my approximately 7.5” wrist.

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Introducing the Oris ProPilot Big Crown Calibre 111

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Today, Oris introduces a new pilot’s watch powered by their in-house developed Calibre 111. In 2014, Oris launched the Calibre 110, and followed up by adding a date function earlier this year at Baselworld, and calling it the Calibre 111. This is the second watch to receive the manufacture movement, and likely not the last. A satin-finished stainless steel case measuring 44 mm in diameter houses the hand-wound 3Hz Swiss movement which boasts a 10-day power reserve and a dial side reserve indicator. The sapphire crystal has a double interior anti-glare treatment and is topped with a fixed diagonal coin-edge bezel, which Oris says is, “inspired by jet engine turbines.” Further, the power reserve indicator (at three o’clock) is aptly designed to look like an airplane fuel gauge. The dial features a “smooth anthracite” finish and applied Arabic numerals coated

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Oris Diver Sixty-Five

The most interesting piece from Oris this year, was not a new version of their in-house powered timepiece – although they did introduce another one of those. It was the vintage inspired Diver Sixty Five. At 40 mm in diameter, it is slightly larger than the original diver from which is was inspired. The dial is not the same either, but very close. And while the date has moved from the 3 o’clock position to the 6 o’clock, it still mostly maintains the look of the past model. An aluminum uni-directional bezel and domed crystal sapphire sit atop a stainless steel case. The caseback is solid and the crown is locking. However, water-resistance is only 100 meters. That said, it should be sufficient for recreational use. You can choose either a fabric Nato strap or a tropical rubber strap, although

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Oris expands in-house collection with new Calibre 111

Oris adds a date function to their 10-day in-house movement for 2015. Everything from the Calibre 110 – which was introduced last year – remains the same, with the exception of the new date aperture at nine o’clock. A total of four versions will be available: stainless steel in either silver-grey or sunray black-gold dial, and rose gold in either opaline silver-gold or maroon dial.

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Oris Aquis Depth Gauge Hands-On

The Oris Aquis Depth Gauge was first introduced in 2013 in a stainless steel case. Now, for 2015, it’s available in a black DLC plated stainless steel case, with a bright yellow rubber strap. Apart from that, everything else has stayed the same. Functionally, the depth gauge is the marquee feature. It utilizes a patented technology that consists of a gauge built into that sapphire crystal which allows water to safely enter the case through a small opening at 12 o’clock. The depth reading works between 1 and 100 meters, and is indicated by the a grayish color from the water that fills in the outer ring. A scratch resistant DLC steel case that measures 46 mm in diameter houses a 26 jewel Sellita SW-200-1 automatic movement which beats at 4Hz and has a 38-hour power reserve.

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Introducing The Oris Big Crown ProPilot Altimeter

This past week, Oris launched the world’s fist automatic watch equipped with an altimeter. The professional pilot’s watch is based on the Sellita SW200 and fitted with an integrated mechanical barometric altimeter module (made by Revue Thommen AG).

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