The Oris Divers Sixty-Five, an instant classic

Now really you shouldn’t be that surprised with the title of this article.  After all the Oris Divers Sixty-Five was a classic back in it’s day so no one is really shocked that it’s still turning heads in horological circles at least.

Take a look over our video below, you’ll see that classic watches are very collectible and the great news is that they take up a fraction of the space that cars do although rather worryingly, they can cost just as much.  The Divers Sixty-Five even enjoys its own classic lines with it’s raised sapphire crystal and a case styling which curves around the wrist rather than those angular lines that mark out many modern watches of our day.  Instead the Oris Sixty-five stays faithful to it’s earlier incarnation, aside from growing a few millimeters over the last fifty years… Its now 42mm in diameter.

Things are aided along nicely (in this version in particular) by a very impressive coloured dial.  This picks up the light at any given opportunity and although the Blue-Dial Sixty-Five is outselling the green, we prefer the green tone, especially with that distressed brown strap.

The classic Oris for wearing everyday

It doesn’t really matter if you’re off to the office or the beach, another wonderful feature of the ’65 is that it pretty much goes with everything.  Its kind of an ideal holiday watch.  You can swim in it (not necessarily that you’d want to) or its going to look great on the wrist as you head out for your evening meal.  Formal or informal the 65 looks great although the steel bracelet variant does have the edge accross the style board.

Let’s get technical

The Sellita SW200-1 powers the 65 for about 40 hours and is an automatic winding movement based on the ETA 2824.  ETA have prioritised their supply for Swatch group brands which means Oris have had to look to pastures new for their off the shelf watch movements but in the Sellita SW200-1 they have found a reliable, well respected movement which operates well within the thresholds set forth by the watches specification.  Of course this is no in huse behemoth (unlike the 10 day power reserve cal.114), but its only the watch ‘toffs’ who would have a problem with owning a watch with this movement inside and we suspect ETA’s decision to prioritise supply to brands within the Swatch group will mean we get to see plenty more  from the SW200 along the way.

To conclude…

This watch comes from a great brand, it’s faithful to its own origins and it’s priced very competitively indeed (and we thought Tudor were good value for money!).  Couple all of this with a well made solid performer and you end up with something that will hold its value well and look great in anybodies collection…  Yes we love it…