They do more than merely tell the time – sports and ‘tool’ watches measure performance, ensure safety and occasionally, become style icons, reports our watch editor.
ORIS Diver’s Sixty-Five
Diver’s watches rarely need to perform to the extreme specifications that some brands like to shout about. Who really descends beyond 100 metres in the big blue? A tool watch needs to do enough – they don’t need to be overblown. Oris is doing a fine job of maintaining its position as a no-bullshit brand that offer solid, attractive watches at affordable price points. Launched in 2015, the Diver’s Sixty-Five is an exemplary model for the Oris proposition – a stylish watch that will perform when you need it to, and look the part when you don’t.
This iconic diver’s watch first appeared in the Oris collection 52 years ago and now the revamped Diver Sixty-Five evokes 60s retro cool and combines it with 21st century watchmaking techniques. The re-launch model had distinctive modernist Arabic numerals but in the 2017 iteration these have been replaced by bold lume index pots, all the more effective for providing contrast in diving conditions. The satin-sunburst silver dial or the striking graduated blue and green offer stunning legibility whether you’re under the waves or making waves on terra firma.
The vintage-look bubble-curved glass is in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside to reduce glare and further increase legibility underwater and the 42mm case is made of anti-corrosive stainless steel. The watch is powered by a modified Sellita SW200 movement, with date at three o’clock and a 38-hour power reserve. It has a 60-minute uni-directional rotating bezel and is resistant to a 10 bar/100 metre – more than enough for the vast majority of watch lovers. Fans will also appreciate the price – a deeply impressive watch available since March at less than $2,000.
By: Nick Rice