As with previous additions to the Divers Sixty-Five collection, which was first revived in 2015, the new watch is a direct descendent of one of Oris’s first diver’s watches, introduced in 1965. The 1960s was a pioneering decade for diving, with significant improvements to underwater diving apparatus made by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J.Lambertsen. Reliable underwater timing instruments were critical as they explored the silent world and Oris was among the leading manufacturers of diving watches at the time.
Oris’s designers have thoughtfully updated the look of the original, retaining a number of retro details, including its slim line case, thin bezel with 60-minute scale, and trapezoid date window.
At the same time, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five has all the enhancements of a 21st century watch. The bezel with its black aluminium inlay is unidirectional; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating inside; and the hands and hour markers are filled with Super-LumiNova® in place of the tritium used in the 1960s. Inside its multi-piece stainless steel case is a Swiss Made automatic movement.
But this marks the first time the watch has had a deep oceanic green dial. As well as giving the Divers Sixty-Five a fresh look, it also creates a strong contrasting background to the watch’s hour markers, hands and bezel zero marker, which are all filled with vintage-coloured Super-LumiNova® designed to make the watch legible underwater.