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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. UPDATE: Reserve one online via the Oris Diver Sixty-Five Topper Edition pre-order page here.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five Topper Edition Tech Specs:
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
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
Vibrations: 28,800 A/h, 4 Hz
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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