“It’s not a sin to get knocked down. It’s a sin to stay down.” These are the words of Carl Brashear, one of the 20th century’s most enduring figures of triumph in adversity. Carl overcame numerous challenges, both on account of his background and later disability, to become the U.S. Navy’s first African American diver and first amputee Master Diver. He is a man of honour and an inspiration to people all over the world.
In 2015, as part of our mission to bring Change for the Better, Oris partnered with the Carl Brashear Foundation, set up in his memory and to continue his legacy. It’s been our privilege since then to work with the foundation and in particular Carl’s son Phillip and his family. Now, we’re delighted to announce a third watch bearing his name, the Oris Carl Brashear Cal. 401 Limited Edition, the first watch powered by the new Oris Calibre 401, a high-performance automatic.
The Carl Brashear Foundation uses Carl’s story to inspire people never to give up. Carl was born into a poor farming community and overcame racism, a lack of education and, following an accident while on active duty, disability to achieve his ambitions. His story was made into the movie Men of Honor, starring the Oscar-winning actors Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro.
Funds raised by sales of Oris Carl Brashear watches have supported countless veterans and vulnerable people, giving them hope and helping them achieve their goals.