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 in not one, but two variations: A recreation of the original watch and a modern, more cleaner reinterpretation of the Oris Divers Sixty Five, 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 both watches to find out if they are a true recreations of the cult classic:
A ‘Retro-inspired’ Collection
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 – 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 have everything 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.
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 both timepieces.
Traditional dive watch theme elements, along with the Oris emblem of 1965 on the case back is a good throwback to the original . So overall it does complete justice to its theme.
Notable Differences – The Dial & Case size:
The dial is the main differentiating factor between the watches, considering one is an exact recreation while the other is a modern design.
The Diver Sixty-Five ‘Originals’ is a pure re-edition of its first divers watch, measuring in at 40mm and features retro-negative Arabic squared font numerals with a sector dial design. The superluminova of the original also features a ‘faux-patina’ color that gives the watch an ‘aged-vintage’ look. The date display is visible at 6 o’clock
The Modern Divers Sixty-Five, on the other hand, measures in at 42 mm and features large circular hour markers and hands filled with SuperLuminova. No numerals here, just the circular hour markers with 12, 9 and 6 o’clock the only ones having rectangular markers. The date window is located at 3 o’clock and features a unique ‘trapezoidal’ shape window – another interesting vintage element for those looking for little details.
Straps – A variety of options:
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, courtesy its mix of dial and strap options. From a handsome distressed leather strap, to a tropic-style rubber and nice fabric options, Oris is offering some amazing options and combinations, thereby giving the wearer the choice to match the watch according to their taste.
The Nato and Tropical Rubber straps are by far the most interesting of the lot. Not for the looks, but because they both include a clever push-button folding clasp secure system which is definitely a considerable upgrade over your standard straps.
Swiss Made Oris Calibre Movement:
What powers all the Divers Sixty Five variations is the Oris caliber 733 – a movement based on Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with just a date complication.
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. 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. In fact, 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!
The entire Oris Divers Sixty Five collection is available exclusively in India at Ethos Watch Boutiques.
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(Image Courtesy: lesrhabilleurs, ABTW, Hodinkee, Time & Tide & Oris)