Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42mm: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
A tribute to the OG Oris dive watch.
Oris revived its Divers Sixty-Five collection in 2015 to great acclaim. Fans immediately gravitated towards the watch's retro aesthetics and the vintage vibe it evoked. After all, the watch was modelled after one of the first dive watches Oris launched in 1965.
Avid divers will know the 1960s was an important era for diving. Legendary underwater mavericks like Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen were instrumental in the development of better equipment and apparatus for their marine explorations. To accompany them, accurate dive watches were necessary. In fact, they were a matter of life and death, since it was imperative to have information like how much time they had left underwater before oxygen ran out.
As a leading manufacturer of dive watches in the 1960s, Oris has it in its pedigree to produce great dive watches, and the Divers Sixty-Five is definitely worth setting your sights on. After the launch of the blue version in 2015, Oris introduced the model in a green dial the following year, making it the first deep green dial of the collection.
Throwback details like a slim case, thin bezel and trapezoidal date window pair with modern touches like Super-LumiNova-coated hands and markers—an upgrade from the tritium used in the 1960s. In a further update, the curved sapphire crystal (domed on both sides) has an anti-reflective coating on the inside so you can read the time easily from every angle.
Inside, the heart of the watch is the self-winding Oris Calibre 733, based on the Sellita SW 200-1 movement that also powers the Aquis Date model. The uni-directional rotating bezel features a 60-minute timer and a zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova. For those keen to take the Divers Sixty-Five out to sea, it’s waterproof to 100m, more than adequate for a deep technical dive, if you so wish. (Check out our article on water resistance HERE.)
Strap options are aplenty for the Divers Sixty-Five, with a black rubber strap that’s a nod to the original 1965 model, a brushed stainless steel bracelet, green and black NATO strap, and a distressed vintage leather strap. Our favourite of the lot? The distressed leather version. Not only does it add to the timepiece’s retro appeal, this particular shade of brown pairs extremely well with the seaweed green dial. Plus, it’s both casual enough for weekends, yet wouldn’t look out of place in the office.
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|42mm stainless steel|
|Green with Super-LumiNova hands and indexes|
Self-winding Oris Calibre 733
|Stainless steel bracelet, dark brown distressed leather, or green and black NATO|
|Hours, minutes, seconds and date|
S$2,900 (leather and NATO), S$3,200 (steel bracelet)
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".