The Metal Bracelet Option on The Oris Diver Sixty-Five
In addition to the Carl Brashear Limited Edition announced and reviewed last month, Oris has also released a stainless steel bracelet version for our favorite under $2,000 watch of 2015, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five. This post takes a look at this new option.
There are several 1960s design elements in the bracelet, but the piece is more refined and substantial than even the best of 1960s era dive bracelets. In their new bracelet, Oris appears to have successively joined vintage design with modern technology to produce a long sought after option for both current and prospective owners of the popular Divers Sixty-Five.
First, let's talk about the clasp. It features a series of five adjustment positions. This reminds me of the mid-1960s bracelets that featured up to ten adjustment positions. This is a departure from clasps found on modern Oris dive watches, such as their Aquis or ProDiver collections, which typically provide only one such adjustment.
Like the rubber strap, the metal bracelet features a period correct taper. The bracelet measures 20mm at the case lugs and tapers to 14mm at the clasp. Though I am not a vintage bracelet expert by any stretch, these proportions seem similar to vintage pieces like the Omega 1171 (see the photo comparison below). The links on the Divers Sixty-Five bracelet are much flatter and longer than this type of Omega and instead remind me of Rolex Oyster bracelets of the 1960s.
Though it looks like it would weigh about the same as vintage 1960s bracelets, the Divers Sixty-Five bracelet has surprising heft for its dimensions. I'm used to holding bracelets of this era style and having them feel light. As a point of comparison, the Divers Sixty-Five bracelet weighs sixty-four grams while the Omega 1171 weighs a mere forty-one grams. On the wrist, bracelets of this era can also give a sense of imbalance or top heaviness because of the contrasting weight of the watch case. That is not so with the Divers Sixty-Five on bracelet which provides a comfortable and surprisingly balanced fit.
Featuring a brushed finish throughout, this new bracelet sports an attractive yet subdued look. The end links fit perfectly flush to the case and the inner links are thinner than on other Oris dive bracelets. This new offering adds a comfortable all-season option for both new and current owners of the Divers Sixty-Five.
Available in both the standard black dial and the new and "Deauville" blue dial, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five on a bracelet retails for $2,099. The stainless steel bracelet can be purchased separately for $300.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five on rubber strap (left) and the new stainless steel bracelet (right).
Another view of the Divers Sixty-Five on rubber strap and bracelet.
Note the brushed clasp and long links of the Divers Sixty-Five bracelet.
A look of the clasp and available adjustment positions of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five bracelet.
The end link of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five bracelet fits perfectly to the case.
The taper of the case to the clasp on the Oris Divers Sixty-Five bracelet.
A vintage Omega 1171 bracelet features similar taper with smaller clasp.
View of the long links of the Divers Sixty-Five bracelet.
Inside view of the Divers Sixty-Five stainless steel bracelet and clasp.
A look at the mechanicals of the Divers Sixty-Five clasp.