Oris introduces a green-dialled version of its vintage-inspired Divers Sixty-Five. The 42mm stainless steel watch is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed blue-dialled version of the same watch launched at Baselworld in the spring. It comes on a choice of three straps and a metal bracelet.
As with previous additions to the Divers Sixty-Five collection, which was first revived in 2015, the new watch is a direct descendent of one of Oris’s first diver’s watches, introduced in 1965. The 1960s was a pioneering decade for diving, with significant improvements to underwater diving apparatus made by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen. Reliable underwater timing instruments were critical as they explored the silent world and Oris was among the leading manufacturers of diving watches at the time. Oris’s designers have thoughtfully updated the look of the original, retaining a number of retro details, including its slim line case, thin bezel with 60-minute scale, and trapezoid date window.
At the same time, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five has all the enhancements of a 21st century watch. The bezel with its black aluminium inlay is unidirectional; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating inside; and the hands and hour markers are filled with Super-LumiNova® in place of the tritium used in the 1960s. Inside its multi-piece stainless steel case is a Swiss Made automatic movement. But this marks the first time the watch has had a deep oceanic green dial. As well as giving the Divers Sixty-Five a fresh look, it also creates a strong contrasting background to the watch’s hour markers, hands and bezel zero marker, which are all filled with vintage-coloured Super-LumiNova® designed to make the watch legible underwater.
The watch’s four strap and bracelet options make it hugely versatile. The black rubber strap carries over from the original 1960s piece and from last year’s debut Divers Sixty-Five; the hard-wearing brushed stainless steel bracelet is styled like its 1960s equivalent, right down to the round-headed pins that hold the links together; the distressed vintage leather strap makes the watch look as comfortable on land as at sea; and the retro green and black NATO textile strap with an adjustable stainless steel folding clasp is right in line with contemporary tastes. Finishing off the vintage look is the case back, which is engraved with Oris’s historic shield, the company’s emblem during the 1960s.
Available at Oris
The Diver Sixty Five Green will also be stocked in Watches Of Switzerland on Regent Street in London and elsewhere and is priced at £1,300.