By TLex Dive back 50yrs in time with Oris, who just have released a new retro-diver named the, Oris Divers Sixty-Five, which gets it looks from the 1960s original, only with a one or two modernized tweaks using 21st century watch-making techniques.
Oris’s original 1965 diver’s watch featured a chromium-plated brass case with a Plexiglas acrylic crystal, a bi-directional rotating bezel, and a versatile black plastic ‘tropic design’ strap. Most importantly, it was water-resistant to 10 bar/100m.
The re-edition’s case is now a more contemporary 40mm in diameter, and is made of anti-corrosive Stainless steel. It is fitted with a vintage-inspired bubble-curved Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on its inside to reduce glare and increase legibility underwater.
Divers have long relied on accurate and robust wristwatches for keeping track of dive time and measuring decompression stops. One significant update is the new watch’s unidirectional rotating bezel, which has a black aluminum inlay with a 60-minute scale.
The original’s tritium-filled hands and indices have also been updated, and are now filled with “Light Old Radium” SuperLumiNova that contrasts with the black dial for better legibility.
The new watch is still only water-resistant to 10bar/100m and has a screwdown Stainless steel crown. Housed inside is an automatic Oris Calibre 733, which powers hour, minute and central second hands and a date function at 6 o’clock.
The steel caseback is engraved with the same historical Oris emblem as the 1965 original, and the watch’s details are complemented by a black textile or rubber ‘tropic-style’ divers strap with a Stainless steel buckle.