The New Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Oris’s Divers Sixty-Five, the Swiss watch company’s retro diver’s watch, has won legion admirers since its launch three years ago. It’s now set to attract a new wave of followers with the introduction of one of the most intriguing materials in contemporary watchmaking – bronze.
The Divers Sixty-Five collection is one of Oris’s most recognisable designs. The aesthetic is lifted from an Oris diver’s watch first introduced in 1965. More than half a century on from the original, the Divers Sixty-Five now benefits from the latest Swiss watchmaking technology and comes with a number of quality signifiers, such as a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a corrosion-resistant stainless steel case. It serves as a reminder of Oris’s long association with the world of diving and of the independent company’s rich history of innovation.
Oris has worked with bronze before in two limited edition models made in honour of Carl Brashear, the US Navy’s first African-American and first amputee master diver. Both watches are based on Oris’s Divers Sixty-Five, but this is the first time bronze has been incorporated into the main collection.
Oris has introduced it subtly – and unconventionally. The watch has a bronze outer ring around the edge of its uni- directional rotating bezel. When combined with rose gold PVD-plated hands and hour markers, this gives the watch its warmth and vintage charm.
Bronze is a natural material. Depending on factors such as the pH levels of your skin and atmospheric moisture, it develops a patina over time, a quirk that means that no two of the new watches entering the line will look alike – instead they will take on a finish unique to their owner.
Oris is introducing two case sizes with the bi-colour bronze finish, one 40mm and one 36mm, the latter a new size introduced to the Divers Sixty-Five family this year to cater for smaller wrists. Both versions are powered by mechanical movements that give the 40mm version a date at 6 o’clock and the 36mm version a date at 3 o’clock. Oris only makes mechanical watches – there is no quartz in the collection.
Both models are water-resistant to 100 metres, carry Oris’s historic crest on a stainless steel case back, and come on either leather, NATO textile or rubber straps, or on a stainless steel bracelet.
With its bronze twist, the new Oris Divers Sixty-Five marks a milestone in the life of one of the company’s most successful designs.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4354 LS, Ø 40.00 mm
• Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 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 bronze outside turning top ring, 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
• Black, curved dial with applied rose gold PVD plated indices filled with Super-LumiNova Light Old Radium. Rose gold PVD plated hour, minute and seconds hands filled with Super-LumiNova
• Light or dark brown leather strap or brown NATO strap or black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle. Alternatively available with stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
The price for the New Oris Divers Sixty-Five is CHF 1,950 on a strap and CHF 2,150 on stainless steel bracelet.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five Ref. No. 01 733 7747 4354 LS, Ø 36.00 mm
• Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 3 o’clock
• Specifications as per above model
• Dark brown NATO strap or light brown leather strap or black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle. Alternatively available with stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
The price for the New Oris Divers Sixty-Five is CHF 1,950 on a strapand CHF 2,150 on stainless steel bracelet.