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The Oris Diver 65 🌊 A Classic Divers Watch You Can’t Swim Past

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By Maverick, 9th of August 2022

One of the most popular categories in anyone’s watch collection are the dive watches. They’re a style that has broad appeal as they look good on land or in the sea.

Well, one particularly unique and iconic collection of dive watches is the Oris Diver 65 collection (Oris Divers Sixty-Five).

These vintage-styled watches pay tribute to Oris’ first dive watches, in particularly an iconic 1965 model. Hence the name “Sixty-Five”.

Today we’re going to take a look at these timepieces that are engineering marvels…

The Oris Story

Oris was founded in 1904 by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in the Swiss town of Hölstein. Their watch company Oris, was named after a nearby brook.

By 1911, Oris became the largest employer of labor in the town. Oris has stood through the challenges that come with time.

One of such is during the Second World War when Oris had to start the production of alarm clocks to keep the company alive.

By the end of the 1960s, Oris became one of the ten largest watch companies in the world making 1.2 million products in one year.

Oris' dial factory in Biel/Bienne
Oris' dial factory in Biel/Bienne 1936 (source: oris.ch)

The Collection…

In 1965, the company launches a state-of-the-art diver’s watch. The watch was water resistant up to 100m, had a unidirectional rotating bezel with timer scale and bold, luminescent numerals, and water resistance to 100m.

This was the beginning of the Oris Diver 65 collection… the legend as we know it today.

A man wear an Oris Divers 65

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Released in 2015, 50 years later, the modern-day Divers 65’s certainly still have that vintage look of a classic divers watch. 

Under the hood they are powered with a Caliber 733, the company’s code name for their Swiss Made Sellita Caliber SW200.

They feature a 120 click bezel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is domed on both sides, Superluminova hour markers similar to what you find on the classic diver’s watch and a crown void of guards.

With all that said, let’s check some of the iconic watches from the collection…

Oris Divers 65 40mm

Ref: 01 733 7707 4055-07 8 20 18

Specifications:

  • Movement: Automatic SW200
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Case height: 12.8mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 48mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Dial color: Blue
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)

This Oris Diver 65 has a case size of 40.00mm. It is made of of stainless steel and has a vintage inspired curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside.

The movement is an automatic SW200 that has hacking and handwinding. It has a power reserve of 38 hours and vibrations of 28,800 vph at a frequency of 4 Hz. It has a deep blue dial, a stainless steel metal bracelet and a folding clasp.

Oris Divers 65 40mm

Ref: 01 733 7707 4354-07 5 20 55

Specifications:

  • Movement: Automatic SW200
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Case height: 12.8mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 48mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Dial color: Black
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)

Here is another classic watch with the vintage look from the collection. This Oris Diver 65 40mm watch also comes with a sapphire top glass with an internal anti-reflective coating.

It has a striking black dial, and a dark brown leather strap with a stainless steel buckle. The stainless steel back case is decorated with special engravings and screwed in place and it also has a date window at the 6 o’clock.

Oris Divers 65 40mm

Ref: 01 733 7707 4356-07 5 20 45

Specifications:

  • Movement: Automatic SW200
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Case height: 12.8mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 48mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Dial color: Brown
  • Case material: Bronze
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)

This watch in the collection has a stunning bronze dial that matches the bronze bezel. It comes with a dark brown leather strap and a stainless steel buckle which gives this Oris a look that’s different from those with a stainless steel bracelet.

Just like the previous watches, this one has the automatic SW200 movement, a domed sapphire crystal, date complication at 6 o’clock, a power reserve of 38 hours and 100m of water resistance.

Oris Divers 65 40mm

Ref: 01 733 7707 4357-07 8 20 18

Specifications:

  • Movement: Automatic SW200
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Case height: 12.8mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 48mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Dial color: Green
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)

The green dial certainly makes this a special piece for almost any occasion. Again, a case size of 40mm with a lug-to-lug distance of 48mm that comes with a stainless steel bracelet and the outer silver time markings.

Like other members of the Oris Divers 65 family, this watch also has a sapphire top glass with an anti-reflective coating. It has an automatic winding movement, hacking, handwinding, a power reserve of 38 hours and 100m of water resistance.

Oris Divers 65 40mm

Ref 01 733 7707 4053-07 8 20 18

Specifications:

  • Movement: Automatic SW200
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Case height: 12.8mm
  • Lug-to-Lug: 48mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Dial color: Grey
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)

The last of the Oris Divers 65’s we’ll look at today is another 40mm that comes with a sleek grey dial, superluminova marking the hours and luminous hour, minute and seconds hands.

This watch also has the vintage inspired curved sapphire crystal, with an automatic self-winding SW200, a uni-directional time-lapse bezel, no crown guards and a stainless steel metal bracelet with folding clasp.

Final Verdict

The Oris Diver 65 collection is certainly iconic. With their vintage style dive look and modern performance, the 65’s are certainly a dive watch you can’t go past.

And depending on your own style and preferences there should be a 65 for everyone, with many different dial colors, straps and options.

A few downsides… one is that 100m water resistance for a dive watch may be seen as not so much, but I don’t think most people will mind as they are not going scuba diving.

Second, the fact that Oris has reference numbers that are 20 digits long is pretty ridiculous. They definitely need to fix that.

So, with that said, if you can get over the long reference numbers, Oris has certainly created a very nice collect of classic dive watches here.

Which one does it for me?

Ridiculous reference number: 01 733 7707 4356-07 5 20 45

The brown dial, bronze case and the leather strap is a striking combo that nails it for me.

It definitely encapsulates the classic vintage look Oris was going for.

So, what Oris Divers 65 have you got your eye on?

Living on borrowed time,

– Mav

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