One To Watch | Oris Divers Sixty Five Heritage
We’re taking a deeper look at this Oris Divers Sixty Five watch, a faithful update of the unforgettable Oris Divers watch that appeared 50 years ago.
A Swiss watch brand that we have a major soft spot for, Oris remain independent and family run to this day. They’ve been creating purely mechanical watches for over one hundred years, with not a single quartz battery in sight.
This particular Divers Sixty Five watch is a reissue of their popular style from the 60s, and Oris have done an excellent job of keeping the details the same.
Less Is More; Water Resistance
Not exactly a purpose-built utility and tool watch, it’s a watch that (seemingly proudly) does less than other diving watches. Its water resistance of 100m is a confident acknowledgement that most people who dive are diving for recreational purposes, generally to depths of 30 to 40 metres, which this watch is perfect for.
And don’t get us wrong, Oris know full well how to create a purpose-built divers watches with water resistance of 1,000m, like the Oris Prodiver. This is just not one of them.
The less-is-more mindset continues with the case size and the legibility of the dial. While this new version is actually 4mm larger than its older sibling, it’s still only 40mm in diameter (use our Watch Size Guide to see how this will look on your wrist). The 12.8mm thickness includes the largely cambered sapphire crystal, enhancing its vintage charm.
This is relatively small for a practical dive watch, meaning it sits extremely well on the wrist for absolutely all occasions – not just diving.
Less Is More; The Dial
The dial aesthetics have also been left alone for the most part, with spaciousness and legibility taking centre stage – made even more prominent with the slightly larger case size and thin rotating bezel. The wonderfully retro-yet-readable numeral markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock break up the baton hour markers, and happily take the spotlight of the simple black dial.
It’s a dial designed to meet your recreational diving needs with its excellent readability, and it also looks good on the wrist with its smart retro-flair.
Fitted with Oris’ 733 automatic calibre movement with 38 hours of power reserve, this Oris Divers Sixty Five Heritage watch will take you by surprise with its wearability, style and pleasing price point - £1,270, or from £23.81 per month with 4 years interest free credit.
Things We Like
✔ The wearable and ‘on-the-small-side’ case size of 40mm
✔ How much it stays true to the vintage original version
✔ The highly legible yet readable dial
✔ Great price
✔ Wearing with both a suit and a wetsuit
✔ Smaller wrists, or those who don’t want a huge divers watch
✔ Your first Swiss (divers) watch
✔ Those who want a retro and stylish watch