A little while ago, we ran our annual reader survey, giving entrants the chance to walk away with an Oris timepiece – a choice between the limited edition bronze Carl Brashear Divers Sixty-Five and a Divers Sixty-Five in steel.
The lucky winner was Alan from Sydney, who chose the mighty bronze Carl Brashear. (Interestingly enough, an Alan won in 2015 too, but they definitely aren’t the same Alan, and don’t feel that if your name isn’t Alan there’s no point entering our competitions. We love all Alans and non-Alans equally.) After spending the past few weeks weeping tears of sadness and regret that we no longer have the unmitigated joy of this bronze beauty in our life, we thought it appropriate to see how Carl is doing in his new home.
Congratulations again, Alan! So, you’ve had the watch for just over a month now. How’s it going?
Really great! I try to find as many reasons as possible to wear it, and it’s become my weekender for the most part and a staple for my casual Fridays at work.
What were your thoughts when it arrived?
Just WOW! I was very impressed by the box and it was quite the experience from box to wrist. The patina was just gorgeous.
Does it get any attention?
It’s amazing how many people comment on it. Usually it’s something like, ‘Why is the bezel discoloured?’ or ‘What’s wrong with your watch?’ I find their reactions pretty hilarious and I’ve been known to play along with it.
Barbarians! Have you noticed any changes to the patina since you’ve had the watch?
Definitely. It’s already darkened, which I absolutely love. I feel like it’s become unique to me, which is cool.
And have you thought about removing the patina, and starting again from scratch?
I probably will at some point, just for the sake of it.
So, aside from the bronze case, what stands out?
The dial is beautiful, the contrast between the bezel and the dial is unique. The slightly domed crystal is wonderful, too.
And the big question: how do you feel about your choice of bronze over steel?
No regrets at all! I’m happy I chose a special piece over a regular desk diver – it’s a real conversation piece.