Oris has just added a silver dial to its Divers Sixty-Five collection. The vintage-inspired Oris Divers Sixty-Five has certainly captured the watch-buying public’s imagination since it was launched last year. The silver dial version is designed to mirror the shimmering light reflections off the ocean surface.
The Divers Sixty-Five collection was first revived in 2015, picking up on a diver’s watch design Oris first introduced in 1965. During the 1960s, many significant improvements were made to underwater diving apparatus by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen. Oris became one of the decade’s pioneering diver’s watch manufacturers.
The revival watch bears hallmarks of the 1960s original, including its slim-line case and bezel as well as its trapezoid date window. However Oris has updated the materials and given it a modern, high-performance automatic movement, in keeping with the company’s exacting 21st century watchmaking standards.
The 42mm case is made of high-grade stainless steel; the unidirectional bezel has a lightweight black aluminum inlay; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal and has an anti-reflective coating on the inside; and the hands and hour markers are filled with Super-LumiNova® in place of the tritium used in the 1960s.
The original 1960s collection included a silver-dialled version, a color Oris now revisits. The Divers Sixty-Five silver dial comes with three strap and bracelet options. The black rubber strap with its weave effect is lifted from the 1960s; the brushed stainless steel bracelet is styled like its 1960s forbear, including the round-headed pins that hold the links together; and the distressed vintage leather strap gives it a versatile quality that proves the watch is at home on land as at sea.
Completing the vintage look is the engraved shield on the case back, an historic Oris emblem from the 1960s. The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five with a silver dial gives a sleek, almost louche appeal to one of the watch industry’s most talked about diver’s watches of the last two years. It’s available now, priced CHF 1,900 on a strap and CHF 2,100 on a bracelet.