Top 16 Dive Watches In 2016: An Opinion – Part 6 Oris Divers Sixty-Five 40mm + Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph
Previously, in the penultimate article (number 5) I reviewed; the Tag Heuer Aquaracer Automatic Chronograph (43mm) [cay211b.ba0927], Longines Heritage Diver (1967 Chronograph) [L2.808.4.52.9], and Oris ProDiver Date 49mm [01 733 7682 7154-07 4 26 34TEB].
15 – Oris Divers Sixty-Five 40mm [01 733 7707 4064-07 4 20 18] RRP: £1,150
Perhaps one of the most charming watches on this list and one of the more popular items available from our shop – the Oris Divers Sixty-Five is a great example of a brand updating a classic design with modern materials and manufacturing techniques; replacing a coated brass casing with stainless steel, and a plexiglass crystal with a more modern sapphire crystal.
Retaining the 40mm case size of the original, the Divers Sixty-Five remains of vintage proportions without overly modernising its classic design.
Charismatic box numerals are found by the 12, 3, 6, and 9 markers respectively, that gives this Oris watch a highly distinctive appearance. The luminescent fill used is the SuperLuminova called ‘Light Old Radium’ giving the markers an aged look.
Water-resistant to 100m the Oris Divers Sixty-Five should be more than adequate for use on holiday and semi-professional diving.
The movement used is the Oris Caliber 733 (based on an SW200-1) which beats at 28,800 v/h, contains 26 Jewels and has a modest power reserve of 38 hours. It allows hacking when setting the time, quick setting the date, and hand winding.
Ultimately the Oris Divers-Sixty Five provides a lot of watch for the asking price, is unique in looks being unlikely to be confused with another diving watch, and demonstrates how a brand can re-engineer a classic piece without corrupting the original spirit of the watches design. This diving watch is for the person who would like a quality mechanical watch, that looks different to most dive watches out there, from a reputable brand at an affordable price.
Variations: Size: 40mm or 42mm
Dial Colour: Black, Blue, Grey and Blue, or Black and Blue.
Strap Type: Fabric (tang buckle), Black Rubber Tropic strap (tang buckle), Fabric NATO (Deployant), Leather, or a Stainless Steel Bracelet.
All Variataions of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five can be found from our [Shop Here] at a discounted price.
16 – TissotSeastar 1000 Chronograph [T0664171705700] RRP: £440
The second quartz watch to feature on this article the TissotSeastar 1000 Chronograph provides a capable dive watch at a very affordable price point. It includes many features usually to be found on vastly more expensive watches.
Its black bezel is surprisingly a ceramic and the crystal on the front of the watch is a synthetic sapphire crystal. The back of the stainless steel casing is a solid case back which has been screwed in to provide a water-resistance of 300m (990ft) that is more than adequate for most peoples aquatic exploits.
The TissotSeastar 1000 Chronograph’s black rubber strap lends its self to a life in contact with water that will not degrade with prolonged exposure to water unlike every leather strap; the watch strap is held togeather with a tang buckle.
Inside, an ETA Caliber G10.211 movement provides both the time, date and chronograph functionality. A circular date window is located at the 4 o’clock that manages to match the surrounding hour markers in a similar style. The three sub-dials by the 10, 6 and 3 each respectively show a 30-minute register, a 60-second register and a 1/10th of a second register.
A case size of 45mm wide and 13mm thick makes this watch large but of typical proportions for a diving watch.