Hands on Review: The New Oris Divers Sixty Five Collection6:10 pm
After the Rolex Submariner made its debut in 1956, Oris were the only other known Swiss brand in the world making solid- affordable underwater timekeepers. But they were left in the shadow by the ‘Crown’ and Blancpain’s very own Fifty Fathoms, both of which went on to become cult favourites. But that didn’t stop the brand. Oris continued to make reliable timekeepers and kept reinventing the dive watch with new additions like anti-shock systems and advanced protection on a timepiece. Oris literally earned their reputation and went on to become the brand professional divers (across the globe) would trust.
Jump to 2017, and Oris re-launched their famous divers watch – the Oris Divers Sixty Five, in a variety of colour and strap options, catering to the current generation of watch lovers. The watch did receive a lot of positive reviews from its owners, but we’re not taking their word yet. We spent a week with the watch to find out if the new Oris Divers Sixty Five is at all, a true recreation of its cult classic:
The Case & Dial – Retro-inspired dive watch
Let’s give you a quick background of this watch before we proceed.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five is based on a diving watch made by Oris in 1965. The Sixty-Five has seen numerous returns in Oris’ history with the theme being constant – an extremely cool retro-inspired divers watch made for everyone. Even the Carl Brashear, the one we featured earlier, is an extension of the same family, but that one was made for a completely different audience.
Our first impression- the new Divers 65 does, in fact, have everything a professional diver or even the “recreational watch lover” would look for in their watch: a rotating bezel with a 60-minute timer, a slender 42mm case, large circular-vintage hour markers, hands filled with Superluminova, and a proven water resistance because after all, we’re dealing with a brand like Oris here.
The new Divers Sixty Five also retains the beautifully domed sapphire crystal of the old classic. All these little details add up really well to the ‘vintage-ness’ of the timepiece.
The watch certainly has the traditional dive watch theme with vintage elements and a lovely gradated dial colouring (depending on the model). Even the case back (along with the special presentation box) is a good throwback to the original Oris emblem of 1965. So overall it does complete justice to its theme.
Over 26 different Variations
Keeping the accessible thought in mind, and because the design of the watch is so versatile, The Oris Diver Sixty Five has almost 26 different references which includes a mix of dial and strap options. To make things easier for you, there are 3 base dial options i.e. Green, Blue and Silver.
Each of these references come with a variety of strap options to chose from, which we will discuss as we go ahead, but before that let’s give you a quick glimpse of all the variations Oris has to offer for the new Diver Sixty-Five:
Straps – A variety of options:
As I mentioned earlier, Oris has made a variety of strap & bracelet options for the Divers Sixty-Five which include a standard steel bracelet, a rubber strap option, a brown leather nubuck strap, and striped nylon nato. No points for guessing that the leather is everyone’s favourite (including ours).
But I feel the nato strap is the most interesting of the lot. Not for the looks, but because it includes a rather clever push-button folding clasp secure system. Something on a nato strap for the first time (for me at least!), and whatever you say, it’s definitely a considerable upgrade over your standard nato.
Movement – Good old Sellita:
What powers all the Divers Sixty Five variations is the Oris caliber 733 – a movement based on the beloved Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with just a date complication. The date window on the dial has a unique ‘trapezoidal’ shape – another interesting vintage element for those looking for little details.
An interesting depth rating:
The Divers Sixty-Five’s depth rating is something that caught our attention. Perhaps a shortcoming for some, its water resistance measures in at 100m. Though it may not sound very deep, but it’s enough for a watch to qualify for the ISO 6425 certification – a water resistance certification for official diver’s watches. Plus, it’s more than enough for casual wearers, so no worries there. The Sixty-Five acknowledges that most divers won’t ever find themselves anywhere near that depth, a cool enough reason to retain the depth rating at a decent enough 100m, we think.
Final thoughts – Worth the hype?
The Divers Sixty Five did give us many reasons to love, starting from the idea of being able to choose from so many variations to the multiple straps. In terms of the theme and design of the watch, it’s closest to the original 1960s watch. Very well made and nicely designed as you would expect from a brand like Oris.
The captivating dial, large size – yet slim profile and vintage design should make for a huge seller. There are very few reliable watches of this genre available at this price point right now, so if you do manage to get one, keep it safe!
Throwback – the ‘Original’ Divers Sixty-Five
Oris also unveiled a pure ‘re-edition’ – an extremely faithful to its first divers watch . The Diver Sixty-Five ‘Originals’ is inspired by the same forgotten dive watch from Oris that we talked about in the beginning of this article and has several noteworthy differences from the modern version.
Of-course this watch is powered by a modernized movement, but the subtle differences lie in core elements like the case size, material and face of the dial.
The Original measures in at 40mm instead of 42 mm compared to the modern divers. The dial is main differentiating factor here, considering this is the exact recreation. Retro-negative Arabic numerals feature the same squared fonts of the original and are painted with a ‘faux-patina’ colour giving the watch that aged vintage look. Apart from the classic black version, the Original also features a Light Blue-Gray and Deep blue-Black sector dial designs.
The unidirectional bezel is also the same featuring deep notches and an oversized screw down crown that gives a good grip, even with diving gloves.
Oris has done a great job with the execution of this watch and made it accessible to all kind of collectors and watch lovers with its extremely affordable price point.
The entire Oris Divers Sixty Five collection is available exclusively in India at Ethos Watch Boutiques.
Would you add this watch to your collection? Let us know in the comments section below!
(Image Courtesy: lesrhabilleurs, ABTW, Hodinkee, Time & Tide & Oris)