After Oris introduced the Bronze Carl Brashear Chronograph earlier in 2018, and after the brand announced teaming up with Swiss retailer Bucherer to created a new episode of the “Blue Editions”, we knew that the standard version of the Divers Sixty Five Chronograph was about to come. So end of the teasing: here is the regular production model of the Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph – and indeed, it still looks good in steel-and-bronze.
When Oris and Bucherer introduced their shared vision of the “65 Chrono”, we wrote: “The Divers Sixty-Five is Oris’ most successful collection of the last five years. An affordable, well-executed, good-looking diver with a fair amount of vintage elements, it has been praised by many – including us. What started as a stand-alone piece quickly became a full collection, with 36mm, 40mm, and 42mm models and with steel, ‘BiCo’ steel-and-bronze or full bronze versions. Last year saw the first introduction of a complication in this collection, with the limited edition Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph and its full bronze case.” We knew the latter was a teaser for an upcoming steel model, however, we didn’t know that before this, there was going be a Bucherer-branded watch as well.
Yet it is now time for Oris to go standard production and to offer a non-limited version of the Divers Sixty Five Chronograph. Following the design and specifications of the bronze or the blue editions, the new 65 Chrono isn’t that much of a surprise. In this instance, it shares the same proportions, same layout, same movement as the two aforementioned watches, however, it also comes with its own specificities.
The 100m water-resistant case of the regular Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph sticks to the rather hefty proportions we’ve already seen, meaning 43mm in diameter and around 16mm in height – dimensions that proved more reasonable in the metal when we tried the bronze version. The case is still topped by a highly domed and vintage-looking sapphire crystal, which adds a lot of charm to this collection. For its standard model, Oris goes mostly for steel – central case, caseback, pushers and crown – but adds some bronze for the unidirectional bezel and black anodized aluminium for its insert – with the indispensable 60-minute scale.
Matching the bronze of the bezel and the black of the insert is a dial that is glossy black, highly domed and adorned with a cool vintage touch. Both the hands and the applied hour markers are rose gold PVD plated, while inscriptions and tracks are printed in the same colour. Hands and markers are filled with Super-LumiNova, coloured in “Light Old Radium” for the final retro-touch.
The dial’s layout is pleasant, with no date display and a two-compax positioning of the sub-dials – small seconds at 9 o’clock and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The result is balanced, uncluttered and more pleasant than the usual 6-9-12 layout found on most Valjoux-based watches.
The right choice for Oris was indeed to opt for a non-traditional version of the Valjoux architecture, with an updated display. For the rest, this automatic chronograph movement (here: SW 510 provided by Sellita) is well-known, with a 48-hour power reserve, a 4Hz frequency and 27 jewels. Tried-and-tested mechanics…
The Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph is, for now, available in two versions: one with a dark brown leather strap (ref. 01 771 7744 4354-07 5 21 45) and one with a rivetted stainless steel bracelet (ref. 01 771 7744 4354-07 8 21 18). Prices will range from EUR 3,800 on leather to EUR 4,000 on steel. It will be available at retailers in the coming days (May 2019). More details at Oris.ch.