From the bright and shiny press pics, to the patinated reality, the bronze Carl Brashear from Oris is one of the buzziest replica watches released this year.
The bronze age continues unabated, with two premier dive replica watch releases: the bronze evolution of Tudor’s Black Bay, and this limited edition take on the Divers Sixty-Five, the Carl Brashear Limited Edition. Both are variations on a theme – a 40-odd-millimetre diver with a heritage twist. But for all the similarities it’s remarkable how different these two pieces look – the Tudor is brawny, while the Oris is beautiful.We had thought, towards late 2015, that the replica watch world had reached peak bronze. The uncommon material, pioneered by Panerai and Anonimo seemed to be everywhere – from dive replica watches to pilots. Well, we got that one wrong. Inspired by the story of Carl Brashear, the US naval diver famously portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jnr in Men of Honor, this is a textbook example of what a well-done limited edition looks like.