Oris has successful dived into its heritage of the first Oris diver models of 1965. This spring we met the blue-dialled 42mm version of the Sixty-Five collection with the dividend combinations of blue dials. And of course the great bronze model diver ‘Carl Brashear Limited Edition‘. Now Oris adds a green-dialled model to the Divers Sixty-Five collection. As you know the sea is blue, a frog is green and a ‘frogman’ wears a great diver. Okay okay I know, you are not a ‘frogman’. So its more a matter of personal taste or witch colour matches your swimtrunk the best during your cocktail nipping holiday.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five has the aesthetical influence of the vintage divers such as the retro details, including its slim line case, thin bezel with 60-minute scale and trapezoid date window. Of course, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five has all the enhancements of a 21st century watch. The bezel with its black aluminium inlay is unidirectional; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating inside and the hands and hour markers are filled with vintage-coloured Super- LumiNova® instead of the tritium used back in the 1960s.
Inside its multi-piece stainless steel case is a Swiss Made automatic movement (Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1). The watch’s four strap and bracelet options make it hugely versatile. The black rubber strap carries over from the original 1960s piece and from last year’s debut Divers Sixty-Five; the hard-wearing brushed stainless steel bracelet is styled like its 1960s equivalent, right down to the round-headed pins that hold the links together; the distressed vintage leather strap makes the watch look as comfortable on land as at sea; and the retro green and black NATO textile strap with an adjustable stainless steel folding clasp is right in line with contemporary tastes. Finishing off the vintage look is the case back, which is engraved with Oris’s historic shield, the company’s emblem during the 1960s.
As with previous additions to the Divers Sixty-Five collection, which was first revived in 2015, the new watch is a direct descendent of one of Oris’s first diver’s watches, introduced in 1965. The 1960s was a pioneering decade for diving, with significant improvements to underwater diving apparatus made by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen. Reliable underwater timing instruments were critical as they explored the silent world. Oris may not have the biggest and most mind blowing diving watch history, but the models can be named more or less ‘iconic’. I am much more ethousiastic about the current and non vintage inspired models. The recent models are more ‘iconic’ in my opinion than the vintage divers or vintage inspired divers. Most of them are highly functional, financial friendly and innovative. The great feathure of the Depth Gauge feature for example they launched in 2013 is a one of my favorites.
The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five with a green dial will be available from October 2016, priced CHF 1,900 on a strap and CHF 2,100 on a bracelet.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. No. 01 733 7720 4057 TS, Ø 42.00mm
- Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 3 o’clock
- Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
- Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
- Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with
- 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
- Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
- Screwed stainless steel case back engraved with historic Oris shield emblem
- Green, curved dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®.
- Hour, minute and seconds hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
- Available on a black rubber strap, a stainless steel bracelet, a brown vintage leather strap or a green/black textile NATO strap with adjustable stainless steel folding claspSwiss retail price CHF 1,900 on a strap, CHF 2,100 on metal bracelet