Shortly after his father’s passing in 2006, Phillip, along with his brother DaWayne, set up a foundation to keep their father’s legacy alive. Years went by, Phillip says, and then, “In 2015, the phone rang, and it was a representative from Oris. He wanted to know if they could produce a dive watch to honor my father.” In Phillip’s line of work, collaborating with foreign nationals can be tricky, but Phillip says that after his first visit to the Swiss watchmaker, everyone got along swimmingly. The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition watch came out in 2016 and was an instant success. Its 42mm bronze case drew design inspiration from the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, but it was rendered from bronze as a hat tip to the diving helmets used in Carl Brashear’s time.
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