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Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Oris has really found its groove with the Sixty-Five collection. It took me a while to get into the brand because I saw a lot of just-okay pieces that looked like homages to other brands. What the Sixty-Five collection did for me was create a blueprint in my mind of what an Oris is, and now the whole collection feels like a memorable core and a solid base from which to work. The Oris Sixty-Five Chronograph is a welcome addition to this evermore established family that was relaunched in 2015, 50 years after the original Oris Diver heralded the golden age of the brand.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Case

Immediately, the thing that strikes me about this piece on the wrist, is just how comfortably the 43mm case wears. I had been concerned from the press photos that this piece might look like an awkwardly inflated time-only diver, and wobble around on the wrist like a towering trifle, rather than sitting still exactly where it’s supposed to. Perhaps even more surprisingly, the rivet-style bracelet does not add too much visual weight to proceedings. It would have been totally understandable for the ubiquity of stainless steel to ruin the vintage vibes one associates with the Oris Sixty-Five collection, but, as you can see from the hands-on images, the overall package carries itself very well.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Bronze Bezel And The Dial

I believe this comes down to the bronze bezel. The warmer hue of this material softens the whole affair, but, most importantly, the hour-marker surrounds and hands are so well color-matched to each other and the bezel that they pull the exterior in, which gives the illusion of shrinking the watch head.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

One further intelligent piece of chromatic interplay between the bezel and the dial, which, in my opinion, further helps reduce the apparent presence of this piece in the metal, is the white numerals of the bezel insert, and the pronounced white tips of the sub-dial hands. On the press shots these come across as the same color as the hand lume, but in real life, they appear even paler. The gradients of color used on the hour markers, hour/minute/seconds hand, the sub-dial counters, and the timing bezel typeface is extremely subtle, but the end result is a satisfyingly congruous design.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

A Strong Value Proposition

Oris makes a lot of nice timepieces, but, in my opinion, the Sixty-Five collection really stands out alongside the Aquis range as offering a heck of a good deal for your hard-earned cash. The designs are crisp, clear, and classic, and the build quality really rather excellent for this price point. Although the movements are rarely anything to write home about, they are solid, Swiss-made tractor calibers often featured in watches twice the price. This price bracket feels like the sweet spot for a Sellita caliber, and I would have no problem paying $5,000 for one of the more complicated options.

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Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Movement

The Oris Sixty-Five Chronograph is powered by the Sellita SW510 movement, which is based on the Valjoux 7750. For this design, Oris decided not to employ a date complication or the third sub-dial (normally the hour counter) so often seen on Valjoux chronographs. As a result, this watch has a clean look, and is — thanks to the combination of an uncluttered layout and a warm, but high-contrast color scheme — extremely legible.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Conclusion

It’s very pleasing when a hotly anticipated model gets it right. Following the release of the all-bronze limited-edition Carl Brashear Sixty-Five chronograph and the collaboration with retailer Bucherer to create a special, all steel “Bucherer Blue” Sixty-Five Chrono, it was only a matter of time before an unlimited variant of the Sixty-Five Chronograph made its way into the core collection. Oris kept its cool and delivered, but not without throwing a slight curveball that I’m not sure many expected.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It’s a little surprising that the first pieces to make it into the standard lineup are actually a subtle mixture of both forerunners. The bi-color case/bezel combo adds a vintage flavor that suits the brand’s direction and this collection particularly well but still leaves the door open for a starker, steel-on-steel iteration (just like the Bucherer exclusive) to ride in on the coattails of this model’s projected success. At just $4,000 on the leather strap, rising to $4,250 on the rivet-style bracelet, this is a serious value proposition from a brand that really seems to be enjoying life right now. Learn more at oris.ch.

Specifications

Brand: Oris
Model: Sixty-Five Chronograph
Dimensions: 43mm
Water Resistance: 100m
Case Material: Stainless steel/bronze bezel
Crystal/Lens: Sapphire crystal
Movement: Oris 771 (Sellita SW510 base)
Frequency: 28,800vph
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Leather or rivet bracelet
Price & Availability: $4,000 (strap), $4,250 (bracelet)

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  • My blue 65 says hi. The 65 line is one my most enjoyable daily wearers https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7bc33749b40591dfb176b12b1ebb70ee2ba20ad9390499a1bd3de91628a20e32.jpg

  • SuperStrapper

    Really nice actually. And looks far better on strap than on the bracelet. For some reason the oyster link appearance is not working.

  • I got to try one of these on recently, and I must say that I was really impressed. It’s very well made and has some lovely details that really makes look great. And while it’s not a small watch, it does feel smaller than the 43mm size would suggest.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Did you have any trouble with the accent Ariel, it can be a bit rough.

  • I didn’t see a mention of it, but the overall thickness is no doubt in the neighborhood of 15 mm given that the SW5xx movements are the same 7.90 mm thickness as the ETA 775x movements.

    Nice looking watch and losing the date and chronograph hours are acceptable for the visuals of this watch.

  • Larry Holmack

    Nice enough looking on the leather strap that I would not mind the fact that it’s a little smaller than I normally wear.

    • benjameshodges

      It’s a big watch in person. Feels bigger than most 43mm watches.

  • Hard to tell but using one of the photos in the post and them comparing the width of the case (43) and lug width (21 mm per their website) to the perceived height, I come up with around 15.3 mm overall thickness. But still just an educated guess…

  • Max Attack

    Did I read that right, the author feels $5K is the sweet spot for a Selita caliber? Wow, I can get an in-house Tudor for less, or a Black Bay 36 for just over $2K.

    • Marcelo

      You are very right