The Oris watchmakers have produced a Diver that offers luxury and high functionality at a cost below $3,000 with the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bronze Bezel. At first glance with a full frontal view, your eye is drawn to a faint ring of bronze around the edge. The initial look gives a faint impression that there is something very special about the timepiece. It takes a second look and closer inspection that is almost requisite because of the allure of the watch that made its debut to the public at Baselworld 2018. We begin with an inspection of the fine details that cause it to stand out as unique and different in a very good way.
Prior to jumping into the finer details, we must begin with the case. It's crafted in a choice of 40mm in diameter as its standard along with your choice of a new 36mm variant. It's made of stainless steel material in a brushed finish with a screw down crown and case back of the same material.
We come to the lovely bronze bezel that gives off the polished glow of fine rose gold. The fact that the material is brass means that as the watch ages, each will develop its own unique patina over time. No two will be alike. The bezel is a notched bronze outer ring in a unidirectional rotating style which offers a magnificent contrast with the black aluminum inner portion of the bezel. From a full view of the front, it can be seen delicately highlighting the outer part of the dial giving it a unique personality that is quite an attention-getter.
The dial is just as remarkable as the bezel. It is black with gilded markings with superluminova applied that give it high legibility and an almost twinkling demeanor. The minute and hour hands are PDV rose gold plated and they stand out remarkably well with the addition of white superluminova applied to the center of the hands with the outline of the rose gold plating adding further definition. The second's hand tapers to a hair's thinness. The 40mm dial features a small date window at the 6 o' clock position and the 36mm is placed at 3:00. PVC gold is also plated onto the indices. The 40mm version features dots and baton indices on its dial and four Arabic numerals in bright yellow are used instead.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bronze Bezel is powered by an Oris caliber 733 automatic 26 jewels movement. It is inspired by the Sellita SW200-1 The style is a bi-directional rotating rotor with a beat frequency of 28,000 vph. The functions are hours, minutes, seconds and date with a power reserve of 38 hours. This watch is waterproof up to 100 meters. It a clear case back was used you could observe the brand's trademark red rotor, but the screwed down style prevents this. Perhaps they would humor us one day with a special edition.
The glass is a sapphire crystal with a unique bubble curved styling and the application of an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the glass to resist glare from the bright sun or other lighting types.
Both the 40mm and the 36mm versions of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bronze Bezel are available with a genuine leather strap, or choices of a tropic style rubber strap or the rivet bracelet in steel material.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bronze Bezel is offered at the price of $2,000 for the 40mm with a NATO, leather or rubber strap. The 40mm version with the stainless steel bracelet retails for $2,200. The most affordable version is the 36mm on leather, rubber or NATO strap for $1,975 or for $2,175 in the metal bracelet version. Both the 40mm and the 36mm were made available in April of 2018. They've turned out to be major sellers for Oris. These are very special divers that offer an aesthetic that is reminiscent of vintage styles from the 50s and '60s but they're uniquely modern. When it comes to the differences between the two size variations, they are noticeable when you compare them dial to dial. You will also notice the difference in the feeling on the wrist but one has not been rated more highly than the other.
Written by Dana Hanson
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