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…

Watch Collecting : A Beginners Guide

When you’re starting a new hobby there’s a lot to get your head around.  Lots of people with opinions aplenty and before you know it, you could actually find yourself living out someone else’s hobby rather than your own.

 

Some hobbies seem to suffer from this more than others and many could be forgiven for thinking that an intrinsically technical interest like watch collecting naturally treads dangerously towards this cliff-edge of pretentiousness and ‘hobby-snobbery’ but I’m writing this to tell you, it doesn’t have to be like that at all!

 

 

Making a Start

 

For any collector, the first watch is usually a gift or a purchase made more out of necessity than desire in any case you may glance at the watch thousands of times before you actually think ‘what makes this tick?’.  The likelihood is also that after a few hundred or thousand glances, you’ll notice more and more about it’s design and form over function.  You may enjoy a moment of appreciation based on what’s on your wrist and when you notice something else on another watch, either in a shop window or an advert or even someone else’s wrist, well then you’ve taken your first steps to becoming a collector.  Don’t fight it, resistance really is futile.  Come in and immerse yourself on some of the most beautiful and mechanically perfect machines mankind has ever made.  Enjoy the miniature classic lines, shapes and colours similar to how car ‘officianados’ do and start to learn about some of the makes and models that you’ll probably hanker after for many years before actually owning but will you allow me the opportunity to share one critical piece of advice early on?

 

Value ≠ Cost

 

It’s only too easy (in any sphere of life) to know the cost of everything but the value of nothing and if you only look at watches as objects of $$$ then you’ll only be the kind of collector that jewelers and sellers superficially ‘respect’. Why not start your collection by collecting second-hand (no pun intended) vintage pieces that don’t cost too much but still give you chance to develop a distinct style and approach too.  Let the actual value of the watch as an object, almost with it’s own ‘soul’, appeal to you in it’s own right and before you know it, your collection will be growing along with your knowledge of brands and technologies.  You may even find that you still have some money left over for things like, let’s say bills and food.

 

Growing your collection, growing your hobby
The likelihood is, once you’re on the journey you’ll start to notice what other people wear on their wrists too and once you’re known as a ‘collector’ you’ll also find many more people who share this wonderful hobby.  Keep doing your research, try not to sell watches from your collection unless you absolutely must and finally remember to enjoy your hobby without getting stressed about what you don’t have or can’t afford. The magical day will come along when you get that ‘special’ watch, only to find it was something of a ‘mirage’ and another one appears in the distance for you to trek towards and so, I’m happy to report, your hobby continues!