For those who have followed our site for some time, you know that we are big fans of Oris. The brand is consistently able to deliver pieces that are affordable, attractive and offer a compelling narrative drawn from the history of the manufacturer or from the environment we live in. The newest Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph reflects the brand’s rich history and its involvement with the world’s oceans.
Stylistically, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph hits many of the same notes as the Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition released last year, which we covered extensively here. However, the new Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph is being offered in a non-limited run and is geared for the active water enthusiast. The alluring timepiece is created in stainless steel and bronze with a 43 mm diameter. It features a bronze uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel with an aluminum insert, a black dial with two chronograph registers, and a domed sapphire crystal. Both the crystal and casebook are treated with anti-reflective coatings.
The watch recalls the brand’s original diver timepiece that was created in the 1960’s, and has a host of vintage inspirations — not the least of which is the rose gold PVD plated hands, indices and markers on the black dial. With a screwed-down caseback and screw-in security crown and pushers, the watch is water resistant to 100 meters. It is powered by the Oris 771 caliber with a SW 510 base. The watch offers hours, minutes and chronograph 1/4 seconds, 30 minutes counter, and stop-secondWinding Automatic winding, with red rotor and 48 hours of power reserve. The black dial features a luminous Light Old Radium hued coating on hands and indices. It is finished with either a steel braces or brown leather strap.
The watch is handsome and offers great wrist presence. When looking down at the dial of the watch, the simplicity and symmetry standout first. The two register chronograph keeps the dial easily legible and maintains a nice visual flow. The minute and hour hands, along with the hands on the chronograph, and the indices are all treated with SuperLumiNova, which adds a good deal of legibility in low light occurrences. Additionally, the vintage aesthetics bring a level of ‘coolness’ to the piece. While approximately $4,000 is far from inexpensive, it is a superb price for the form and function of this divers’ watch.