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Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Oris Divers Sixty Five is surprising. When I first saw the watch at Baselworld early last year, it stood out among the usual burly pro-style diving watches for which Oris is known. On the same table, I saw the impressive 48mm Aquis Depth Gauge Chronograph and the comparatively diminutive and unassuming Oris Divers Sixty Five. With that initial viewing, the Sixty Five was stuck in my head. I knew I wanted to take it somewhere sunny and see if its golden-age charm could elicit both pool-side Cary Grant and boat-side Jacques Cousteau.

Based on a 50-year-old legacy design from Oris’ past, the Oris Divers Sixty Five is a faithful reproduction of that design but it has been up-sized to 40mm (comparison photo below). With an inherently vintage look and feel, while the Oris Divers Sixty Five is a brand new watch, it manages to effectively capture a classic charm, especially on the included tropic-style rubber strap. Lug to lug is 48mm, and thickness is 12.8mm including the massively domed bubble sapphire crystal. These dimensions make for a very wearable piece that still feels sporty and is most certainly dive-ready.

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

With a nicely gripped and simple dive bezel and a screw-down crown and case back, the Oris Divers Sixty Five is as dive-ready as its (much) older sibling. With 100 meters water resistance, you won’t be taking the Oris Divers Sixty Five on your next zip down the Marianas Trench, but its depth rating is plenty for recreational diving, which bottoms out between 30 and 40 meters. For me, that 30 to 40 meters would be in the Pacific just off the coast of Punta Mita, Mexico. With warm waters, sunny beaches and colorful drinks aplenty, this seemed as fitting a locale as any for a vacation with the Oris Divers Sixty Five. If you follow me on Instagram, you can see that the pace was not exactly rushed…

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Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

My dives were on the South side of a bay just North of Bahia de Banderas. The water was relatively calm with a rocky bottom not often exceeding 50 feet of depth. As a Vancouver-based diver, the 20-foot viz was good but less than expected given the tropical setting. Regardless, due to the relatively warm waters, I was able to dive the Sixty Five with bare arms, and thus I didn’t have to worry about fitting an extension or a longer strap to accommodate a wetsuit sleeve.

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

On descent, as I set the bezel to our start time, the Oris Divers Sixty Five glimmered in the light of the reflective ceiling overhead. Thanks to a slight overhang that expands off the edge of the case, the Sixty Five’s bezel is easy to use in both wet and dry settings. The scale is printed in a bright and rather reflective silver, and there is a pip at 12 for proper low-light use.

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Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Legibility is very good, when diving or otherwise, and once you are used to the minute track’s position within the main markers, the Oris Divers Sixty Five can be accurately read at a glance. Depending on your taste, the crystal may detract from the Oris Divers Sixty Five or it may prove to enhance its charm. The Oris Divers Sixty Five’s dramatically domed crystal is one of my favorite elements, despite my general position that crystal reflection detracts from the wearability of a watch. For the Oris Divers Sixty Five, the combination of the liquid-like glare at the edge of the crystal and the way it magnifies the glassy black dial works in its favor, almost like the hilarious curve on the rear window of a 64’+ C2 Corvette.

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Both aesthetically and functionally, the lume is very good. The hour markers, including the retro negative numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9, are rendered entirely from lume, so the watch really shouts when the lights go out. Longevity is on par with what you would expect given the size of the hands, and the glow is an even warm green that really suits the watch and is accentuated by the curved edges of the crystal.

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Oris Divers Sixty Five Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Movement-wise, the Oris Divers Sixty Five is functional but far from fancy, relying on Oris’ 733 automatic calibre, which is essentially a Sellita SW 200-1. Sporting 26 jewels, 38 hours of power reserve, and a rate of 4Hz, the Oris Divers Sixty Five manages a simple three-hand display with a discreet date display at six o’clock. The screw-down crown is great, large enough to provide an easy grip with predictable threading and a solid action. Winding, setting, and even for that last-minute crown check before rolling backwards off some tiny boat in the Pacific, the Oris Divers Sixty Five’s ease of use echoes its effortless laid-back style.

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  • JosephWelke

    Lovely watch and a great review. I dunno if the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 can be used as a direct competitor, seeing as it has a chronograph complication. Great pictures, it has to be said – that domed crystal must have given you fits from time to time with reflections!

    So: the Oris Sixty-Five, or a Tudor Heritage Black Bay black? And if the Sixty-Five, black or Deauville Blue dial?

    • Elijs Dima

      Something to note about the dials on the 65, the black one is a glossy polished finish, and the blue-beige is a matte dial. This might help differentiate them, depending on your preferences.

  • Rob

    A shame the size had to be “modernized”.

    • Eran R

      40 mm, still a very reasonable size

    • Brent P.

      In fact, 40mm would be considered small by today’s standards. I think Oris did an excellent job of walking the fine line between vintage vs. modern scale.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Dang!
    Why is it that the ones I really like are considered “retro” ?

    A good design SHOULD stand the test of time.

  • Astronuts

    A big plus for this watch is the normal lug width. I have often overlooked Oris because the lack of braclet/strap options. Given today’s modern gasket materials and tighter manufacturing methods, I would bet this watch has a higher WR than stated. (not that to many desks are found at 100m)

    • Roma KLM

      Here is a bracelet.

  • Roman

    Divers Sixty Five is like a song, the more you listen, the more you’re imbued with it. When I first saw this watch I utterly disliked it. But the more I look at it, the more I find it remarkable.

  • Omegaboy

    James, me boy. TAKE YOUR ADHD MEDS before doing a video! Or decide beforehand that you’re going to hold the watch still, and then move it slowly. Very difficult to concentrate and see the details. I like your reviews, but ye move too much, son!

  • Great review, James! I love to see a dive watch being used for, you know, diving. The first time I saw it, I thought the font was a little too cartoonishly retro, but I’m quickly evolving, mostly because of that domed sapphire. I’m personally more of a fan of the blue and gray model, but only because I have more black-dialed divers than I know what to do with. Someone on WUS photoshopped up a 65 on a beads of rice bracelet – if they actually offered this, I think I’d pull the trigger. I suspect a lot of people would.

    • the

      If you prefer bracelets they are also selling it with an oyster riveted bracelet!

  • Brent P.

    Thanks for the ‘real world’ review, James. I do my spring training (road cyclist) in that area every April, and I’ve dove exactly where you were during one of my trips. Maybe I’ll bring my Sixty-Five down with me next time instead of my ProDiver. My only comment is that (although I haven’t tried it) the extra long length of the Tropic strap would probably work just fine over a wet suit for most people, without the requirement for an extension clasp (the long length seems to be the biggest complaint from desk divers, but I think they designed it that way for a reason).

  • TrevorXM

    Good review of a watch that is very quickly becoming a modern classic in its own time. The grey and blue dial is a design masterpiece in my opinion. I for one always laugh when I see some watch company put out these divers with 500m ratings or even 1000m ratings! I mean — what? Why? Frankly virtually nobody even needs a 300m rating. This is where Oris showed remarkable restraint and brilliance in giving this watch a 100m rating. I saw a TV show on luminescent sea life a couple of days ago, and they were talking about how at 100m it gets so dark that only 1% of the sun’s light is getting through. 100m or 330 feet is a long, long way down for a human being to dive to!

    • SwissMatic

      Those ratings are simulated with air pressure, so they can’t be taken literally as water depth. Just because a watch has a 100 meter rating does not mean it will be OK under 99 meters of water.

      • TrevorXM

        I suppose I could come up with a dozen videos showing watch makers testing in water-filled pressure chambers that I’ve seen, but I have better things to do. So here’s one that I have on a bookmark already: https://youtu.be/FE8EOTX7HwU It’s at 9:40 or so.

        Now, I don’t know about Oris, but I’ve seen the same sort of testing of several Swiss manufacturers less expensive than Panerai. And they always test in water pressure tanks and go beyond the 100m rating so they can make their guarantee. It’s not that big a deal to use water.

      • the

        If a watch is rated 100 m, it will be perfectly fine at a depth of 100 m, at the condition that it will stay still. Once you move the watch there will be a dynamic pressure, made by the movement of the watch against water, so the watch may not resist. That’s also why a watch rated 10 meters should not even used to swim! By the way in my opinion 100 meters is plenty enough, you can swim at a depth of 50 meters and still have other 50 meters for the dynamic pressure!

        • spiceballs

          The only way I know of determining “dynamic” pressure increase is using Bernoulli’s equation. If you check the calculation you will find that the increase in pressure from movement (say, normal swim stroke) is negligible. Consequently if a watch is rated for static water pressure of 100m then it should operate at 99.9m depth of water. If, however, you were to bash it against a solid object and/or damage the seals then its depth rating might be compromised and it might leak.

          • the

            That must be true, at least for those quite big depths, but it should be different when just below the water surface. To be finicky watches are also rated to an equivalent pressure of a column of soft water, but because salt water weights about 103 kg/m3 instead of 100, your 100 m would be 97 on sea!

          • spiceballs

            Fair point about the difference between salt and fresh water, but again that’s small and I have no idea what water type manufacturers test their watches in. However, its very unlikely that most (especially those that might own this watch) will ever dive to 97m (318 feet) depth in any water. Dynamic pressure changes are negligible regardless of depth.

          • the

            You’re right! I have found the formula to calculate the dynamic pressure, and to add one more meter of water column you have to move at least 4.5 m/sec, which is quite a lot, 16 km/h or 10 miles per hour! At this point the question is: why if a watch is rated 30-50 meters they recommend not to swim with it, and if it’s 5-10 meters they say even not to wear it while washing dishes?

          • iamcalledryan

            Great work, chaps!

            The other variable is temperature, right?

          • the

            There might be a lot of variables if you search enough! But none of that has a significant impact!
            – temperature: it changes a bit the density of water
            – atmosferic pressure: it is added to the water pressure
            – pressure inside the watch: if you close the crown in a day that the atmospheric pressure is 1050 millibars and you dive a day that is 950 millibars you can dive one full meter deeper!
            – amount of salt in the water: it changes the density of the water
            – moon and sun influence that weakens the force of gravity, and so the weight of the water itself
            – location in the world: gravity is a tiny tiny bit different at every different latitude
            – sounds under water: a sound is a wave of compressed fluid, so it has a slight increase in pressure.
            But above all if a watch is rated 100m the engineer who designed it could have made it to withstand 110, 150, or 300 meters, just to be sure!

          • iamcalledryan

            It would be hilarious for a watch to have all of those listed on the caseback. “100m water resistant in salt water with half moon waxing vernal equinox at 17C latitude 120 south” etc etc

            when I mentioned temperature, I was thinking more about the pressure and temperature of a shower and how that might cause the case to expand.

            I must say, it would be great to get a comprehensive scientist’s views on the ATM ratings as applied in real life.

          • the

            If that was written on the back it would at least make sense moving to 44 mm and over (and also of having a moon phase complication)!
            But the problem you mention is true, when you take a shower you have 3 things that adds up against the waterproofing:
            – as you mention the heat expands the case;
            – hot water has less viscosity, so it would be easier for it to get into;
            – soap takes away the surface tension of the water, allowing water drops to be smaller (to help water to wash, that’s why we use soap), thus increasing again the possibility of water to enter in the case.
            I have never thought about this possibilities, I am now going to buy a sinn hydro ux, “pressure-resistant at any accessible diving depth” as stated by sinn, so if I am particularly careful I can also take a bath with it!

          • spiceballs

            One other thing that all should be aware of is that whilst watches may be water resistant, resistance to gases is another issue, which is why one should be careful when showering or bathing (in very hot water) where gaseous water vapor can more easily penetrate the case. Another area I am particularly leery about are “stop” watches (chronometers) being marketed as dive watches. The more the openings in the case the greater the risk of water penetration, especially over time as seals break down. Unfortunately there are some Seiko examples known to be particularly poor performers.

          • the

            Joking aside, in my opinion a watch with a screw down crown and rated 100m can withstand anything the human is strapped to is capable to withstand while surviving. I don’t think steam would be a problem, as vapor molecules are bigger than oxygen and nitrogen ones (it would be a problem if they are smaller, like hydrogen and helium, but that’s another story!). Diver watches with chrono function should have screw down pushers, which also helps to avoid accidental activation of the pushers, but at the same time it’s easy to forget them unscrewed, as they won’t work when screwed down!

          • spiceballs

            This has been discussed before on this forum and the conclusion reached was one that I alluded to in my earlier responses – possible leakage arising from striking a hard object, which would be difficult when diving.

  • Brian Marker

    I do really like this watch and I was considering it when comparing it to the Longines Legend Diver. Ultimately, I felt the Longines added more for what I wanted and the design was slightly more befitting me. This is still a really nice watch though, but now that I own the Longines I don’t feel the need to consider ever getting the Oris.

  • SuperStrapper

    Great review, I just wish I liked the watch more. I’ve never liked the more common lug arrangement seen in most Oris divers, so this watch traditional lugs got my attention immediately. The blue dial version is a colourway I could easily get behind as well. But, the 3, 6, 9, 12 typeface is not good (understanding the nod to watches past aside) even though I do like the negative approach. I also find the little cutout the date window makes in the 6 a headscratcher: it just looks like an oversight. Couldn’t the date window just be 2mm higher?
    I appreciate the lume shot, but the macro shows it to be applied a little lumpy, which is a letdown as well from a brand with such a solid history of quality.

  • mandimemike

    Thank you James, I always look forward to your video reviews. It was also cool to see my instagram comment in the mesh picture! The 65′ has character in spades, and with the news of the ‘rivet look’ bracelet option, it becomes impossible to resist. I believe you said it best, that Oris has plenty of experience building commercial grade divers, which should give consumers confidence in the usability of this for rec. diving. Moving through water at depth creates substantial increases in pressure vs. being submerged in a static environment. If I’m not mistaken, generally a watch is good for about half it’s stated rating. Being an Oris though, it’ll be good at 10atm deep. Well done Oris!

  • funNactive

    Nicely designed easy to read look-a-like dive watch in a great size. The reason I wouldn’t classify it as a diver is the 100M water resistance. Dive classification starts @ 200M ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resistant_mark ).

    • Yoink!

      I went to your source. As wikipedia often is edited, I don’t know want it stated when you viewed it, but now it shows Diver’s Watches Standard ISO 6425 @ 100m.

  • Carlos Martinez

    James, great detailed review, I really enjoyed it. I would like to see a revirlew with the same depth on its direct competitor, the Longines Legend Diver and its 300mts dive rating.
    i would appreciate if that can happen.
    Thanks and keep it up

  • IVA the LT

    Gotta say, even after owning this watch for several months, I still catch myself checking it out like it’s brand new. Proportions, weight, looks, everything about it just comes together; definitely seeing a lot of wrist time.

    At $1,850 it’s a good value. For the $1,050 I paid, it’s a steal 😀

    • Mike Burdine

      IVA, where did you get one for 1050? I’m kind of interested.

      • IVA the LT

        Jomashop.com

        I used a $50 coupon that seems to always be available as well. They are frequently the lowest price online and I have ordered several watches there with zero issues, all 100% authentic.

  • Rick

    Great review, thank you. I especially appreciate that you included the lug length, something very few reviewers include but is very important to the wearability of the watch. Very cool watch and the blue dial one is calling……..

  • Mike Wilensky

    That ORIS divers watch is beautiful! As far as the strap goes, that basic design and strap pattern has been around for years! I had a strap exactly like that one on a watch I owned in 1967 or ’68! Yes, its strap really makes the watch! Nice video…thank you!

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Thanks for the great review, very informative in all aspects. Like very much the simplicity in the design. The only thing that does not sell it to me, is the numbers in the solid squares. Maybe just the numbers in lume would have been cleaner for my taste, but yes, it is a retro watch and have to respect some icons of the previous design.

  • Mike Burdine

    I love this watch. At this price point I may actually be able to afford one.

  • spiceballs

    Great review James, thx. Nice watch.

  • pete NYC

    Excellent, honest review! A fabulous watch and I love the 40mm size! Just right for me. The only thing that holds me back from ORIS, is their logo. It’s too modern, too big, and too ugly! They probably have a really cool old version of it from long ago, like Tissot have. Dig it up and use it or come up with a new better one. Please!

  • WanderfulTraveler

    Loved this review. Thank you. It’s great seeing a dive watch in action.

  • Yoink!

    I prefer the framed date window of the original. However, that will not keep from this watch.

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