Watchmaking collaborations are thriving, often yielding extraordinary results and offering a select group of collectors the chance to possess distinctive timepieces. In today’s showcase, Collective Horology, a California-based members-only club dedicated to crafting collaborative watches for enthusiasts, joined forces with the venerable Oris from Hölstein. Together, they delved into the emblematic Divers Sixty-Five model, presenting a fresh perspective – a design that, while never realized by Oris in the 1970s, could seamlessly fit into the brand’s historic repertoire. Please welcome the new Oris Divers Seventy-Five Calibre 400 C.04 for Collective Horology.
Remaining true to the core aesthetic of the original 1960s Oris Waterproof, the stainless steel case of the 40mm Divers Seventy-Five is paired with a bronze bezel, echoing the case and bezel shape of its inspirational predecessor. The design retains the large crown without guards, a distinctive feature preserved in the Collective Edition. The bezel with an aluminium insert is adorned with a triangle mark at 12 o’clock in this imaginative rendition, which sets the Divers Seventy-Five apart from the original Oris Waterproof, which only had a dot to mark this hour. To maintain the vintage aesthetic, the steep dome shape of the original plexiglass crystal is faithfully recreated using a more resilient sapphire crystal.
Paying homage to 1970s Californian graphic design, the dial exhibits a captivating sunset-inspired colour palette featuring beige, sandy orange, and matte red tones framed by the brown bezel insert. The dial incorporates boxed Arabic numerals and baton indices, reminiscent of the 1960s Oris Diver Waterproof design and of the 2015 version of the Divers Sixty-Five, while elegantly forgoing a date indication. Enhanced visibility is ensured with lume-treated hour, minute, and lollipop central seconds hands. The dial subtly communicates a 10-bar/100m water resistance and a 5-day power reserve, the latter attributed to the proprietary Oris Calibre 400, showcased through the exhibition caseback.
The Oris Divers Seventy-Five for Collective blends vintage aesthetics with a contemporary engine – while the idea is nothing new, it has a positive effect. The automatic Calibre 400, introduced in 2020, offers a remarkable 120-hour power reserve and stands out for its high resistance to magnetic fields, incorporating 30 non-ferrous and anti-magnetic components, including a silicon escape wheel and anchor. A low-friction, slide-bearing system, winding in a single direction, minimizes wear over time. Oris supports this calibre with a 10-year warranty and recommends service intervals of 10 years.
Embracing a retro charm, the bi-colour stainless steel-and-bronze metal bracelet mirrors the appearance of vintage rivet-style links. Modern conveniences such as a folding clasp and solid links elevate the bracelet’s functionality.
Limited to 250 pieces, the Oris Divers Seventy-Five Calibre 400 C.04 for Collective is priced at USD 4,500, with an exclusive pre-order offer of USD 4,150. Currently in production, the watches are set to ship in December 2023, and pre-orders are available exclusively at collectivehorology.com.