Oris Divers Sixty-Five 40mm in Green Dial with Bronze bezel
September 13, 2019
Over the last couple of years, the watch industry is still excited and mesmerized on how vintage models and designs have crept back into the scene. Dozens and dozens of classic designs and models have found its way back into the new watch market with stellar releases from the Swiss giants like Omega and Tudor and the Japanese watchmaker in Seiko.
One particular popular model from the 1960’s from Oris has resurfaced in the last couple of years and this is the Oris Divers Sixty-Five. There have been several models of the Divers Sixty-Five released to date but there is one model that has captured my eye and heart recently.
Let me show you the Oris Diver Sixty-Five (Ref. 01 733 7707 4357-07 8 20 18) and how its different in a good way.
Look and Feel
The first time I laid my eyes on the watch, the dial stood out with its moss green color. I particularly liked the hue and shade chosen by Oris because at certain angles and lighting, it seems to change from moss green to a close-to-black like appearance.
A common trend among model re-issues is with the use of faux patina on the dial/indices. Oris certainly has hit the mark on this one as the watch uses the perfect tone of faux patina on the round indices which is not overdone in any way. It offers Superluminova lume on the hands (hours, minutes, and seconds) but not on the indices. The watch features a date window sitting at the 6 o’clock marker which I found to be cleaner on the overall dial presentation.
Revised cleaner dial for Oris in 2019 Sixty-Five models
Also, the 2019 Sixty-Five model releases have now a cleaner Oris logo which features just the “ORIS” in bold letters. Previous year models of the Sixty-Five had the wording “automatic” under the Oris bold letters. For this particular reference, the bezel’s edges are made from bronze and has sparked a unique combination for this vintage re-issue.
In light with the vintage theme and design, the Oris Sixty-Five is equipped with a domed sapphire glass which is reflective of its ancestry from the original Oris watch released first in 1965. Just like the previous iterations of the Sixty-Five, there are no guards on the signed big crown indicative of vintage dive watches.
The Sixty-Five on the domed sapphire glass and bronze bezel
Oris' stamped buckle and riveted bracelet
What really picked my interest on the watch was Oris decision to use a more tasteful 40mm case size with an overall 13mm thickness. The use of the riveted oyster-style bracelet is period correct and properly tapers from lug (20mm) to the buckle of the watch. Upon adjusting and strapping the bracelet, its nothing short of comfortable on the wrist.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five with ref. (01 733 7707 4357-07 8 20 18) houses an automatic Oris 733 which is based from the Sellita SW 200-1 movement. It features a decent 38 hours power reserve and is hand winding and hacking. It has 26 jewels and offers 100m in water resistance.
The Oris 733 caliber is known for its reliability and robustness and should a real workhorse for owners of any watch that houses them.
Oris reputation on the overall watch hierarchy is fluctuating. Some say they are considered to be an entry-level brand into real fine Swiss watches while others may say they are about mid-end of the spectrum. Multiple factors may play here in terms of pricing, durability, and of course; heritage.
But just from pricing perspective, the new Oris Divers Sixty-Five is priced at about 2200CHF or roughly the same is USD.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five 40mm in full set
Being a first-time owner of an Oris timepiece in the Divers Sixty-Five model is an uplifting experience. It gave me the feeling of what its like to own a vintage-like timepiece with all the right hallmarks of a heritage timepiece.
Friends and colleagues who are avid Rolex and Omega fans are noticeably struck by the Oris’ 40mm green dial and bronze bezel. Absolutely unique in its own way without being too flashy and gaudy.
Other WIS (Watch Idiot Savant) will surely appreciate Oris on anyone’s wrist since it’s a reputable Swiss watch maker with real history and heritage. Plus, all the bells and whistles of typical vintage divers’ watches on this Oris will definitely stand out on your wrist and capture the hearts of WIS in an instant.
If I already own the previous generation Oris Divers Sixty-Five, will I still buy it?
It’s a YES if:
You bought the 42mm version and you want something more appropriate for long-sleeve shirts and fits under the shirt cuffs.
You want a cleaner looking dial and want that bronze bezel looks for uniqueness.
It’s a NO if:
You are satisfied with having one vintage re-issue model and the previous Divers Sixty-Five has already piqued your interest.
If I do see another person wearing this watch, it tells me the following:
Likes vintage-inspired pieces
Appreciates value for money when choosing Swiss divers watches
Has an eye for unique timepieces
Watch Daddy Rating
Absolutely spot-on in being a vintage re-issue timepiece
Period-correct moss green dial with its faux patina and domed sapphire glass
Classy touch on the bronze bezel
Faux patina is not of the same luminous material as the watch hands
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