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…

The Watch Book – Rolex Edition Review

 

Watch collectors may come from all different walks of life and backgrounds but more often than not, they have a few things in common.  They usually have an eye for detail an interest in history and mechanics and most will own up to  thinking about which watch they’d like to own next.  Most of us also have to think about how exactly we’re going to pay for it too.

 

Somewhere on most collectors lists there will be a Rolex,  many would argue that no collection could actually be complete without at least one in there somewhere,  after all up until 2017,  Rolex were the biggest watch brand in the world, they lost the crown to Apple but lets not go into that…

 

For anyone with even a passing interest in the history of Rolex or the wristwatches its produced since 1905, The Watch Book -Rolex Edition by Gisbert L Brunner is going to be of interest.  This edition from 2017 follows a similar format to other watch books from the TeNeues line with excellent photography and readability throughout.

 

The book is written in English, German and french so light readers need not be put off by its weighty appearance and the chronological storytelling narrative is full of all the anecdotes and details you’d expect but with a nice personal touch too, lifting the lid on the lives of the people behind the brand through the ages.

 

If you are already up to speed with all things Rolex then you won’t be surprised by anything that’s in here but if you’re new to the brand or the hobby then you’ll soon develop a sense of the values behind the company which are all bourne through to the products themselves.  The details, dedication and determination of those behind some of the most iconic watches in the world is impressive and it’s not unfair to say that this book really does showcase just why Rolex is the number one luxury brand for wristwatches in the world.

 

The book covers the history of the company before looking at the the history and development of some of Rolex’s key models before finishing up with a fascinating section on production values.

 

This is a wonderful addition to any watch collectors library and it even has a luxurious feel thanks to its fabric trimmed cover in striking Rolex green and gold.  It’s no wonder then that the contents are of equal quality to the exterior.  An epitome of the brand itself.