01 733 7707 4065-07 5 20 24 - Oris Divers Sixty-FiveSometimes, you just have to go with the tag that the marketing campaign uses, and I will admit, “Back into the blue” is lifted straight from Oris’s press kit.  But it fits, doesn’t it?  This pretty diver, with retro cues and a light blue chapter ring, pays homage to the original Oris Divers Sixty-Five, while staking itself out as a modern diver.

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Photo courtesy of David Estié

As you can see with the Vintage Oris Divers Sixty-Five above, the new model nails the look of the font and chapter ring.  I think the new handset is more readable and moving the date window down to 6:00 makes everything less cramped.  You also get a rotating bezel, something missing on the vintage watch.  But nothing telegraphs a vintage look more than the bubble curved, domed crystal, and the modern version does theirs in sapphire.  The movement gets (of course) a modern upgrade, with a modified Sellita SW200 (Oris Cal. 733) automatic driving the watch.

01 733 7707 4065-07 4 20 18 - Oris Divers Sixty-FiveIf you are not in love with the “Deauville” blue, the 40mm watch is also available with a black dial and the same retro-looking Super-LumiNova radium-colored paint  The black is a closer match to the original watch, but the blue is also decidedly retro.  The watch comes on either a black rubber strap or a black textile strap, and lists for 1,750 CHF, which is about $1,750 USD with the current exchange rate.  At nearly $2,000 with a depth rating of only 100 meters (I know that I often complain about dive watches being overbuilt, but 100 meters is the minimum requirements for a diver), I am not going to claim that this watch is a bargain.  But it is pretty, and the bubble domed crystal is sapphire, something you may not get with a less expensive “vintage” watch.  Plus, this one comes with a real heritage, an actual homage to a watch built by Oris 50 years ago.  www.oris.ch

Watch Overview:

  • Brand & Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
  • Price: 1,750 CHF (approx. $1,750 USD)
  • Who we think it might be for: Anyone who wants a retro diver with a vintage pedigree.
  • Would I wear one myself based on what I’ve seen?: I would definitely wear it, in either the blue or the black.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Color match the date wheel.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch: All the retro cues, the font, the color of the lume, and the bubble domed sapphire crystal.

Tech Specs from Oris:

  • Movement: Oris Cal. 733 (based on Sellita SW200)
  • Functions: Three hander with date,  unidirectional bezel
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Bubble domed sapphire
  • Water resistance: 100 meters
  • Lug width: 20 mm
  • Straps: Black rubber or textile
  • Diameter: 40 mm
  • Thickness: Not specified

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