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.
Tag Heuer's offering of a more wallet friendly automatic diving watch, with a ceramic bezel, is the Aquaracer Automatic Chronograph [cay211b.ba0927]. In Tag's lineup, it this watch straddles the gap between the entry quartz aquaracers and the 500m Automatic Chronograph Aquaracers (which have more than a passing resemblance to the Omega Seamaster 300m Diver Co-Axial Chronograph 42mm watch collection).
Omegas offering for a tough diving watch with a chronograph function comes in the form of this Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronograph. In order to appeal to a large number of audiences the watch is available in a few different colour options, strap types, and even includes a couple of variants set with a ring of 42 diamonds, constructed from titanium, or an 18kt rose gold case option - which weighs in at just over £20K (at the current RRP).
This mountainous 47mm wide Oris is truly gigantic in size at a whopping 47mm wide and has a substantial 17.7mm case depth. It is not only Oris's first watch of its kind; but, 'the world's first automatic watch with a mechanical altimeter'.
Theres simply no way around the fact that this watch is gigantic. The ProDiver has a huge 51mm case diameter and is nearly 2cm thick - definitely not something that will fit under a shirt cuff. This watch is so large that even the big Rolex Deepsea (ref. 116660) starts to appear small when sat next to the ProDiver. Although the ProDiver is only just water-resistant to a mere 1000m with the Deepsea enduring the far more sensible and useful depth of 3900m, I think the ProDiver would be sufficient for the 99.9% of divers.
This watch is currently my absolute favourite Oris watch at the moment (at the time of writing). It holds a design that has tried the tests of time and succeeded. This watch was originally constructed in, as you may have guessed ,1965. luckily when Oris relaunched this updated version they didn't kill what made it so special; but, improved on it with modern manufacturing techniques and new materials.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five is produced with either a black or a blue and grey faced dial. It comes suplied with eirther a black nato-style nylon strap with a push button deployant buckle, a black or khaki fabric strap with a tang buckle, a black rubber 'tropic' strap, or a stainless steel strap with a push button deployant buckle. These photos are of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five [01 733 7707 4064-07 8 20 18] on a stainless steel strap.
Theres 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 ideals. While not diluting the original spirit and charm of the 50-year-old design icon.