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Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Right around the turn of 2015 when it seemed liked the watch industry as a whole was scouring its archives for inspiration and loading up on faux gilt and beige Super-LumiNova paints, Oris was already priming the Divers Sixty-Five – an obscure reference from the height of the Sixties, resurrected for what would soon become the year’s runaway hit, some 50 years after it was largely forgotten. Here is the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch made for Topper Jewelers

On paper, the Oris Diver Sixty-Five’s eccentric design language seemed an odd first choice for a nü-vintage remix, but its relative affordability, conservative dimensions, and faithful attention to the detail from the quirky source material have proven to be the winning formula for Oris. So much so, the secret sauce has quickly been re-tapped for fresh color options, an all-new 42mm rendition with more traditional applied indices, and now this – a subtly revised special edition built in extremely limited numbers exclusively for Topper Jewelers (aBlogtoWatch interview here) – an authorized Oris dealer in Burlingame, California.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

At first glance, the omission of the date aperture at 6:00 (3:00 if we’re referring to the original 1965 version) is an obvious, and welcome exclusive detail that characterizes the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition. Here, the omission of the date wheel on the Sellita SW200 movement eliminates the disruption to the minute track and 6:00 marker, bringing an appreciated dose of symmetry and cohesion to the dial. Eagle-eyed Oris fans might also note the stainless steel bezel missing the PVD finish from the 2015 iteration – a nice Topper detail that more cleanly marries the case and bezel, without giving the appearance of trying too hard to visually emulate the the black plastic friction bezel on the original.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Subtler still is the matching “aged” luminous paint at the bezel pip and seconds hand, and the return to the Oris brand wordmark of yesteryear, along with another vintage signature: the “Anti-Shock 17 (now 26) Jewels” script on the dial. Collectively, they’re minute changes, for sure, but much more than what we tend to see on most special editions, and details that further blur the line between the 2015 homage and the original from 1965 to create something with its own unique character.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Physically speaking, everything else about this stainless steel watch wears identically to the 2015 edition – which Oris gently bumped from 36mm (of the original) to 40mm with 20mm lugs, and fitted with an extremely cool riveted bracelet that tapers all the way down to a wafer-skinny 16mm. The proportions and on-wrist feel are right in-line with many vintage dive watches, but a far cry from the rest of the modern Oris Diver collection, which starts at 43mm and runs all the way up to a knuckle-dragging 50mm.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

But perhaps the real show-stopper with the Oris Divers Sixty-Five is the massively domed sapphire crystal, which pulls in light from all angles, bathing the dial edges in retro-glorious distortion, and yielding a package that’s simultaneously highly functional and funky in all the right ways. It’s an extremely unique look that’s tough to ace on a modern wrist, but Oris nails it here. And thankfully, the 40mm watch head only tips the scale at a hair under 80 grams – enough to exude quality, while maintaining a nicely balanced wear that isn’t overly assertive – even when paired with the bracelet.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Speaking of which, Topper has sweetened the deal for serial strap-changers with this go-around – including the bracelet together with the equally excellent tropic rubber strap – both of which balance the watch head perfectly and fit the character and original design intent of the watch to a tee.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Now, much has already been said about the legitimacy of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five’s claims as “dive watch” with “only” 100 meters (some 330 feet) of water resistance, but it bears repeating that 100 meters is still over three times deeper than recreational scuba limits prescribed by PADI. Just to be certain, our very own James Stacey put the Oris Divers Sixty-Five to its word on a vacation in Mexico, diving multiple times to around 50 feet and reporting back with only a mild tequila hangover and a strong desire to return.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Unsurprisingly, everything else with the Diver 65 fits the bill of any purpose-built diver: from the screw-down crown and caseback and fully graduated uni-directional rotating bezel, to the chunky indices comprised of Super-LumiNova paint that lasts long into the night. Matching distinct personality to capability, there’s a lot to love with the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, and it should come as little surprise that the watch has been as successful as it’s been. Topper was wise to capitalize on that success while bringing collectors a more unique and limited option that’s a hair’s breadth closer to the spirit of the original. Sure, there’s no shortage of sporty and capable dive watches at or around this price point, but you’d be hard-pressed to find many that are as nicely balanced as this – unless, of course, your idea of a vacation involves a rebreather, in which case, Oris makes plenty of options that’ll gladly dive a whole hell of a lot deeper. Price for the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition is $2,

Necessary Data
>Brand: Oris
>Model: Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition
>Price: $2,199
>Size: 40mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: The nü-vintage diver collector, the guy always complaining about date window placement. Frequent pool-swimmers or island-hoppers. Anyone who missed out on the Longines Legend Diver no-date.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Quirky design language might not be for everyone.
>Best characteristic of watch: Takes Oris’ faithful execution a step further to please just about anyone who’s ever decried the vintage redux trend.



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  • Bill W

    Hey Carson, this is what I was talking about.

    • You talking to me (in my best Robert De Niro voice)?

      • Bill W

        You’re the only one here. 🙂

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Lets take this one divin’, swimmin’ and in a bar-fight or two.
    Then we can judge it on it’s own worth .

  • ??????

    One of the best divers in its price range, now even better being dateless. The only thing that bothers me is aluminium bezel at 2.2k. Would love to see ceramic option.

    • Totally agree. And while ceramic would definitely be a great option here, to be honest, I think it often comes off a little flat. Here, the aluminum insert is a little more dynamic in the light – feels classic, and just right to me.

      • ??????

        Agree regarding the look. But I am kind of person who spoils painted bezels very quickly… I get them scratched in a couple of weeks, that’s why I came to prefering ceramic bezels.

    • Berndt Norten

      Oh get back to your guitar ?

  • Extremely attractive

  • A_watches

    Im warming to the 65

  • SuperStrapper

    Much nicer without the date.

  • laup nomis

    I’ve seen the 2015 version in real life.
    I really like vintage watches, and a lot of modern retakes on vintage are good too. But I remember when I saw the 2015 one I was less impressed than I thought I’d be. I had really liked the pictures of it I’d seen, it really popped.
    With this one the domed glass is great. The indices font is quirky and fun, but I wonder whether fun fonts might wear after a while.
    It vaguely reminds me of the faux-vintage of the kon-tiki, which I like too.

    • cluedog12

      Agreed. Handled the standard Oris 65 last year and was not blown away. This one looks marginally better though.

  • DR

    I wrote to express an interest in this watch immediately after it was announced, but I never received any kind of reply from Toppers. So I’ll be putting my $2,200 to better use.

    • Would you like Rob Caplan’s email address? Seriously, I have if it you need. Rob’s a good guy and I’m guessing they just missed your email is all.

      • DR

        Hi Mark,

        Many thanks for the offer, but time has taught me some lessons in watch collecting, namely:

        “You will never overcome initial disappointment.”


        “Very soon, the next thing will make you forget all about this thing.”

        Same applies to women, cars, restaurants… Pretty much everything, really!

        Thanks all the same.


  • Raymond Wilkie

    For two grand, i want a date window. Other than that , its nice but nothing special.

    • I chuckled at this – some folks would pay two grand to not have a date window 😉

      • Raymond Wilkie

        To be honest, if i thought the date window would throw off a nice classic 2 handed face, i would be quite happy without it.

      • Berndt Norten

        Myself included

      • Guadzilla

        I’d pay a lot more for ‘no date’ (am contemplating trading in my Explorer II for a ND Sub).

    • Berndt Norten

      Parts and functions / complication wise yes nothing special. But it’s Swiss and it’s a looker. I think it will sell well

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I would be more than happy to be wearing this.

  • So this Oris or the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 in blue? You know, if your life depended on choosing a retro-vintage dive watch. Pros / cons, anyone own both?

    • TrevorXM

      I would love to own both if I had the extra money sitting around. I didn’t know the Sea Wolf has now been issued in blue. That looks awesome.

    • Shinytoys

      I have a Mint vintage Wolf that does not see salt water duties, and a Oris BC-3, which I think is a much better offing than the 65, but it too does not go in the water…

    • DR

      Personally, I think neither is “quite there”. To me, the Oris bezel feels a bit cheap and I’m sure you would tire of the comedy fonts in polite company. On the other hand, the Zodiac looks… incomplete? And I don’t really trust Fossil to get anything right.

      So how about this, as a compromise? It’s a bit bigger, and the date window contrasts with the dial… but I think it’s a more grown-up watch.


    i liked it a lot in pics then went to local AD and I won’t use the word flimsy (ok I will) but it looked a bit flimsy. not because it is not well made but because we are so used to massive hunk of steel these days it felt tiny and fragile in comparison. not a bad thing but I must admit I was not all that much into it anymore and I am not into big anchors.

  • Horlogère Addict

    An ugly watch made uglier next to a tattoo.

  • dennis

    For half the money you can get a better dive watch all around.

  • Aditya

    Jesus what a pustule. Any of the Seiko entry and mid range divers would work better.

  • ?????? ????????

    Looks good. I like a word “nu-wintage. That summarized what I’m looking for right now.
    I don’t see anything special however. I wish it was a side by side photo with other 65 divers.

  • Bert Kanne

    A dive watch with a crystal that distorts the watch face, a feeble 100M rating and a crown that looks dangerous, all for over 2K…no wonder Oris is selling it only through one retailer.

    • Aw, it ain’t that bad – the crystal is pretty spectacular in person, 100m rating is more than adequate, and the screwdown crown is actually super solid. The price here is largely for the exclusivity through Topper, and the bracelet/strap combo.

      • Shinytoys

        It’s a beautiful piece, but the price point opens up so many other options as an active dive watch. I am a big fan of Oris and especially enjoy my BC-3, but my primary dive watch’s are still the Seiko Orange Monster original, and Gen 2 units, plus the Ball Hydroquest and the Eterna Grand Tiki Deep Diver. Frankly, I wouldn’t purchase The Oris 65 Topper because from a value standpoint, I think it’s too expensive for what it offers as a dive specialty watch. I’d buy another Seiko Gen 2 Prospex Monster, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt what it’s capabilities are and save a ton of money in the process…

    • Shinytoys

      when was the last time you were diving at 330 feet??

      • Bert Kanne

        The point regarding a 100 meters depth rating is it’s inadequate at this price point in a dive watch. This watch is a poor value.

        You wouldn’t expect anyone to want to buy a Nissan GTR if it had only 350 hp, even though you can’t legally or safely use its performance capabilities on the streets or highways where you drive.

        It’s all about what you are getting for your money vs the competition.

        • Guadzilla

          My GO Panomatic only has 50m WR and costs a lot more. I wonder if the store will take it back.

          Some of us care more than water resistance per dollar.

          That being said, $2200 for this watch is crazy silly. I got my regular version for $1200 and change from an AD, and that’s very good value. The minor changes to the watch dont add $1000 to the price, IMO.

  • Brent P.

    I have a gamut of luxury dive watches ranging up to a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, but this little beauty from ORIS gets more wrist time than all the others combined. ORIS hit it out of the park with this one, but the changes Topper made to it have taken it to the next level. I had a hard time not adding a second Sixty-Five to my collection when I visited Topper recently.

  • As soon as I saw the reissue of the 65, I knew I had to have it. When Topper announced that they’d get a unique version, I whipped out my credit card. One thing not mentioned in this article is the splash of orange on the pip at 12 and on the second hand. These are very small details, but when you have millimeters of space, the smaller details are magnified. I’ve been wearing this watch every day since I got it (on the tropical strap) and I can’t stop staring at it. And, man, that double domed crystal. It’s a beauty! I also love how approachable this watch is.

    I agree, the price tag was a bit steep, but I’m going to have this exact watch for the rest of my life and I find satisfaction in knowing that only 99 other people will be able to say the same thing.

    • Questwatch

      well done Napoleon, its a great watch, wear it in good health!

  • bergey

    I love everything about this watch. Wish I had the budget to purchase one at the moment. It’s a beauty–especially that crystal.

  • Steve Loader

    Wonderful version which turns the bezel from slightly cheap looking to shiny and exclusive. Other changes I notice are the numerals on the bezel are slightly smaller and the 5 minute markers are rectangular compared to the standard ‘dart’ style. Also, the crown seems to taper not only on the outer face, but also on the inner face, resulting in a thinner serrated grip area.

  • Berndt Norten

    This is a fine watch with its own sleek style. And fairly priced. A breath of fresh air. I like the way Oris appreciates curvature and plays down the chunkiness of the typical submariner look. The color scheme is suave and the bracelet/strap is seamlessly integrated. Nothing stands out as being oversized or out of proportion

    • Nick Chang

      Berndt, I knew you’d like this piece, being the dive watch lover that you are. 🙂 I also agree with you on its sleekness and 40mm size for which you can also go dressy with it like the James Bond Seamasters, but the ‘100m only’ for a serious dive watch in its price range is the deal-breaker for me. Not that a ‘desk-diver’ like myself would ever need a watch to go past 100m but I’d expect a more professional spec’d diver for the buck, especially for my Seikos to give me 200m at a fraction of the price and my Seamaster chrono and Sub at 300m for…well…just a few thousand$$ more. 😉

      When I was pricing this piece on, I actually found this Oris at 500m much more appealing and it’s also surprising much less: Oris Men’s 74376734159RS Aquis Analog Display Swiss Automatic Black Watch

  • otaking241

    Excellent example of how to do a SE watch–a few thoughtfully changed details and no extra branding on the dial. Well done.

    Anybody want to give odds on Oris offering a non-SE version without date window?

  • benjameshodges

    Love this watch. Hope it evolves with improved materials but I think Oris hit it out the park with this reissue.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Very nice, perfect size, like it much more now that the date window is gone. Never understood it, too small, a totally eye sore. Now it looks like G-d intended it to be in the first place 🙂

    • Agree – it was nicely integrated enough in the first go-around, but it still cut into the 6:00 lume ever-so-slightly.

  • A Esparza

    Love it but for that kind of money I’ll buy a Seiko.

    • Hands90


    • commentator bob

      This is such an awesome comment because it is applicable to watches from $100 to $10,000+.

      You should post this on every article.

  • Greg Dutton

    Love the no-date and the polished bezel surround (vs black on the standard), really kicks it up a notch.

  • Larry Holmack

    Zach, Zach, Zach…..”The proportions and on-wrist feel are right in-line with many vintage dive watches, but a far cry from the rest of the modern Oris Diver collection, which starts at 43mm and runs all the way up to a knuckle-dragging 50mm.”
    Knuckle dragging…really???? I can no more help the fact that I am 6’6″ and have a 23 cm wrist than you can change the way your body is built!!! A freeking 40 mm watch looks like a little girls watch on me….and I imagine Oris builds the larger watches because they actually sell. Next time you run into a San Francisco 49er’s Offensive lineman…try telling him he’s a knuckle dragging ape like human….!!!

    • IVA the LT

      I don’t think knuckle dragging was meant to imply “ape” like; I think it was just meant to be a humorous aside about how heavy and unwieldy a 50mm watch is for a lot of people.

      I’m 6’2″ with roughly a 19cm wrist and I have very few watches over 42mm myself, most fall in the 40-42mm range.

      I also personally, and snobbishly (self aware at least!), associate anything larger than 46mm with those 5lb Invicta monstrosities. No offense to Invicta fans out there lol.

      • Larry Holmack

        Well…I know most guys don’t wear the larger watches because of the added weight….and the fact they don’t look right on their wrist. I actually prefer being able to tell that I have a watch on my wrist…which is why I wear the larger watches. I love my 50 mm G Shocks, Diesels and Nixon’s. And yes…I have a few Invicta’s that were gifts from friends and family. None of them are really over the top looking, more like 51 mm Oris Pro Diver Chronograph….my personal favorite in the Oris collection.

        Oh…I don’t think Invicta has any 5 lb watches…as they don’t make any using Tungsten!!

  • Omegaboy

    I really like this watch, but the pad-printed dial looks cheap, worthy of only a six or seven hundred dollar price. $2200 is way too much.

  • ratmatat

    The “regular” 40mm version has been haunting my wallet for 8+ months, and every change made on this version is better (in my opinion). The struggle is that the regular version can be had new from grey dealers for $1,200 ($1,000 less than this one), and even at that price, I think the fit & finish of the watch is at the top end of what it should cost. Going used, it can be readily found for $875-1,100 depending on strap/bracelet options and condition.

    So if I buy this version, am I always going to be aware of the fact that it feels like a $1,200 watch, but I paid $2,200 for it?!? Or will I smile because I have 1 (of 100) of the best version of this watch? Surely this version will hold its resale value better too, though I don’t treat watches as investment pieces.


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