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Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Watch Releases Sponsored Post written by Rob Caplan

Along with many critics and collectors, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five was our favorite 2015 timepiece under $2,000. Now, thanks to our unique relationship and shared vision with Oris, my brother Russ and I are proud to announce the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition: a 100-piece limited edition non-date version of the Divers Sixty-Five.

Using dial text and font treatments similar to the original Oris Divers Sixty-Five, we were able to work with Oris designers to create a retro dive watch that included more iconic 1960s elements and also enhanced the balance of the original. A year after our initial inspiration, we are pleased to see the result of our joint vision with Oris. Below are descriptions of how this watch is different from the original black dial version as well as the thoughts behind the design elements.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Watch Releases

It turns out that in their 112-year history, Oris has never made a non-date dive watch. When we looked at the bold blocks of vintage Superluminova for the indices at three, six, nine, and twelve o’clock, we immediately thought of how balanced and beautiful a non-date version of the watch would be.

As we continued to think about the watch, our good friend and judge of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Eric Singer, encouraged us with other design recommendations, including the orange bezel pip at the twelve o’clock and the orange tip of the seconds hand. Although the original Oris Divers Sixty-Five had an all-black-coated bezel, our version has a natural steel finish surrounding the black aluminum insert which gives it a solid instrument feel.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Watch Releases

When designing the Topper Edition, our aim was to have its aesthetics be closer to the original 1960s-era watch. First, the dial text and font is more similar to the original piece. Instead of describing the 10bar/100m water resistance on the dial, the language of the original “anti-shock” is used. In addition, we fully replicated the dial text of the original by reintroducing the movement jewel count, a common declaration of Sixties-era watches. However, we updated the count from “17 jewels” to “26 jewels” to reflect the modern movement. Also like the original, “Swiss Made” is positioned at the bottom edge of the dial. The upper dial text has also received a retro makeover. The line under “Oris” was removed and the word “automatic” is in a font closer to the original “waterproof” text it replaced.

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The 100-piece Topper Limited Edition Oris Divers Sixty-Five will come with two straps: the tropic style rubber strap and the newly introduced steel bracelet. The watch will be priced at $2,199.

We are thrilled to have worked with Oris to have our ideas for this unique time piece become a reality. We are now taking pre-orders with delivery expected in late summer 2016. For more information, please call the store at 888-730-2221 or email [email protected] UPDATE: Reserve one online via the Oris Diver Sixty-Five Topper Edition pre-order page here.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Watch Watch Releases

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Tech Specs:

Case
Material: Multi-piece stainless steel case and steel bezel; Aluminum minute scale top ring; Luminous orange pip at center of triangle indices.
Size: 40.00mm (1.575 inches)
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case Back: Stainless steel, screwed
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water Resistance: 10 bar
Interhorn Width: 20mm

Movement
Number: Oris 733, base SW 200-1
DimensionsØ: 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
Functions: Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, fine timing device and stop-second
Winding: Automatic winding, bi-directionally rotating red rotor
Power-Reserve: 38hrs
Vibrations: 28,800 A/h, 4 Hz
Jewels: 26

Dial
Material: Black dial
Luminous Material: Indices and hands Superluminova light old radium
Strap: Material Black rubber strap with stainless steel buckle, and multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet with folding clasp

Rob Caplan is a fourth generation watch retailer whose family owns Topper Fine Jewelers on the edge of Silicon Valley in Burlingame, California. Topper is an authorized dealer of Grand Seiko, Oris, Mühle-Glashütte, Nomos, OMEGA, Glashütte Original, Hamilton, Longines, Zenith, Ball, Bremont, and other fine Swiss & German watch Brands.

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  • SuperStrapper

    Very cool to get an LE done like this, but I just can’t get behind that font. Too corny, even if it is an accurate homage.

    • I didn’t like it at first — but I like the fact that it’s the only weird font, balanced by plain fonts on the dial/bezel. It’s there to add character, while everything else is quite subdued design-wise.

  • Dogface

    Cool watch. This is what the Divers Sixty-Five should have been. Having full and uninterrupted symmetry in the design of this unique dial was an obvious move. And giving a steel finish to the bezel is an improvement over the black coating on the original. Love the orange accents.

  • TrevorXM

    I have really been a fan of what Oris is doing with these dive watches. They were a brand that never even registered with me, but now with their Divers Sixty-Five in both black and blue editions, and that terrific bronze Carl Brashear tribute watch, and now this — they are pretty terrific. Some style here, no apologies. If you don’t like it, too bad — generic dive watch lovers can go somewhere else. Love that.

    • Brian Marker

      Same here man. I really loved the 65, but I actually opted for the Longines Legend Diver instead as it’s just a little better IMO. But with the Carl Brashear I couldn’t resist and I’ve placed a deposit on one.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I hare that word ” retro “. Why do folks hanker for watches from times gone by ?. If you have a vintage piece thats cool wear it with pride. This is a nonsense, it just looks weird. As previously pointed out , the font is awful.

    • Larry Holmack

      The font is awful!!! I like vintage watches myself…have 10 or so in my collection that I would never think about selling. So if I want to wear “retro”, I go to my small display case and pick one out. My favorites are my late fathers watches that he had while serving in the US Air Force during the Korean War. They all still work perfectly and keep great time.

  • StrmOut

    Nice one Rob! Email sent.

  • Dcf

    Smoking watch!

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Well done and a nicely balanced design. I hope you sell ’em all fast!

    I do have 2 small reservations:
    1) “10 bar” WR. Is that 100 meters? Seems a bit lacking if so.
    2) The apparent “rivets” on the upper (closest to the lugs) part of the bracelet. IMO, too reminiscent of the old ROLEX rivet baracelets. I think they were ‘folded’ rather than solid; might cause a bit of concern by some.

    Otherwise, Well-done!

  • Akif

    Nice one love its beautiful bracelet

  • dennis

    nice looking, but should be at least a 200m, and i am not a fan of this movement, a 2824-2
    would be better at half the price.

  • Shinytoys

    A company that can do little wrong in my book.

  • ?????? ????????

    Need to take a look at real-life photos, but judging by this render it looks way better then original 65 to me: orange accents, no date, bezel insert. I wish smaller font for “antishock and jewels”.

    Now… Make a topper LLD please: no date, bracelet, different(shorter) lugs.

  • peter_byford

    I asked a watch repairer what movements, based on his experience of working on them, that he
    had regard for. In the same breath, he said Omega & Oris. I’ve opened up some ladies watches
    for repair & found some really nice OWC ( Oris Watch Company ) movements inside, when got
    running again, keep very good time I have to say.

    • commentator bob

      This watch uses a Sellita clone of an ETA. Which is arguably an easily repairable movement that also may have some improvements over the ETA (or be made worse depending who you ask).

      • peter_byford

        I think I should have added that the repairer was talking VINTAGE Omega & Oris , not modern pieces from those brands. Fair comment really, as a modern Doxa shares absolutely nothing with a vintage Doxa, save the name on the dial.

  • commentator bob

    This is a nice watch but in this segment I think the Zodiac Sea Wolf edges it out. Much better history, manufacture movement, less corny bracelet (we’re at the point in retro that Oris is trying to make a solid link bracelet look like an inferior riveted folded link bracelet), better depth rating and less expensive.

  • Stephen Scharf

    I just put a deposit down on one of these today; reseved #60 of 100. Thanks to Rob for a smooth and professional, first-class transaction.

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