An Affordable Charismatic Divers Watch!
Hands-On Review: Oris Divers Sixty-Five [01 733 7707 4064-07 4 20 18]
There’s a good reason why Oris is one of our best-selling brands on our site and the new Divers Sixty-Five is no exception, and really shows what Oris does best. Creating great mechanical watches at an affordable price point. Staying true to their outspoken slogan ‘real watches for real people’.
The updated Oris Divers Sixty-Five manages the tough balancing act of updating a classic design, with modern manufacturing techniques, for an audience with different ideas. While not diluting the original spirit and charm of the 50-year-old design icon.
The coated brass case has been replaced with the more modern stainless steel, and the case back is thankfully solid and without an exhibition window. Whilst Oris could defiantly have added one this would have significantly inflated the price and is really not required on a practical dive watch.
The case size has been increased to a modest 40mm diameter, any larger and they risked stretching out the original design too thin. The plexiglass crystal from the mid 60’s has also been updated to a more modern sapphire crystal with a strong double dome and anti-reflective coatings. The crystals unusual uniqueness really sets this watch apart from other similar watches in the diving watch market today, and really gives the Oris this great charm that is hard to replicate. The bi-directional bezel has been changed into a unidirectional and has an aluminium bezel insert added to it.
The white date wheel with black text at the three o’clock mark from the original 1965 divers, has been moved to just above the six marker. This I personally see as a good move as it gives a cleaner dial and adds to a more refined appearance.
The charismatic box numerals at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 each remain intact and the colourisation is remarkably similar to the original. Oris uses a SuperLuminova luminescent fill called “Light Old Radium” that has a pleasingly old-looking appearance that emulates the original well.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five is water-resistant to 100m (330ft) which should be adequate for a holiday of semi-professional diving.
There are four different strap variants available for this watch from Oris: a casual fabric strap with a stainless steel deployant clasp, a rubber ‘tropic strap’ as seen in these photos, a nylon NATO strap, or a stainless steel bracelet with a push-button folding clasp.
The movement used inside is an Oris Calibre 733 which allows hacking, quick-setting the date, and hand-winding. With a modest power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
Ultimately the Oris Divers Sixty-Five is a lot of watch for so little money. Its unique design is unlikely to be confused with another similar watch. And is a great example of how a brand can successfully recreate a classic piece without corrupting the original design. It would be best suited to someone looking for a watch that stands out from the crowd, from a reputable brand but at an affordable price.
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|Model Number||01 733 7707 4064-07 4 20 18|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Crystal||Anti-Reflective Scratch Resistant Sapphire|