Received my Oris Sixty Five from no grey market(bought during their 50% off sale). We all know this watch is loved by many. Very popular amongst us forum-goers which to me, doesn't always mean the watch is going to be a grand slam, but they are always worth serious consideration.
This Oris purchase is one of my fastest purchases. Starting from the minute I legitimately considered the watch for ownership to the minute I pulled out my wallet, I spent a relatively small amount of time trying to "persuade" myself out of buying it!
So let's get to the verdict...
What I like:
1.) Extremely charming. This watch bleeds character and personality. And if you couldn't guess it, I'm referring to it's vintage look and feel. The good people at Oris really gave this watch the full treatment. Everything looks very '60s/'70s about this watch. It is VERY convincing which is refreshing. The case is very thin and the bracelet links are also very, very thin, especially for a diver bracelet. Being of "vintage" design, they nailed the size of both the case and bracelet perfectly. Not to mention the rivets added to the bracelet! The sapphire crystal's curvature is much like acrylic. It has a very steep curve on the outside and then plateaus in the center. They also killed it when it came to the steel bezel. It's thin insert with complete minute track, as well as a generous play and soft clicks in the bezel functionality feels like it's been "worn in". Like a baseball glove that you have to break in. And that to me, is brilliant. Would I have wanted a zero-play bezel with thick, chunky clicks as is the case with most new diver's today? Not here... Even the crown has this wiggle to it when pulled out that feels like it belongs on a well worn(well loved) vintage watch. Everything feels "worn in". In no way do I believe it was built to a lower standard or that corners were cut. Instead, it takes a bit of bravery to keep a watch so true to form that it has these charming "flaws".
2.) The blue dial is incredible. It looks "wet" which is very cool. The very light-colored patina'd lume is perfect for this dark blue. A darker shade of lume wouldn't have looked as good. What is also awesome is the lume is outlined by a silvery border that catches the light really well. The seconds hand is razer thin and the overall length of the minute and hour hand are in perfect proportion.
3.) This watch's trapezoid-shaped date window is just cool! Again, it's just charming and well done. If it was just a plain rectangular box, no white border, it would have looked terrible. But instead, they used the date window to add a funky trapezoid shape that is tastefully done here.
4.) And finally, this watch looks great on many so strap options! All my watches have to look good on a wide array of watches and this watch is no different.
What I dislike:
1.) The lugs are a little long and flat. It's kind of ironic how this watch technically just replaced my Steinhart OVR because the Steinhart also had relatively long, flat lugs. This 42mm Oris measures about 50mm L2L. I find the watch "fits" my wrist a little better when on a leather strap then on the bracelet. For some reason the bracelet, even though it slopes downward before reaching the end of the lugs, makes the watch wear a little bigger on the wrist. It's not bad, but they could have shaved 1-2mm off the overall length of the watch.
2.) As most critics state, a 200m water resistance would have been a lot cooler here. I'll just leave it at that.
3.) Odd 21mm lug width. So far, I've found a 22mm leather strap I have fits just fine. If I we're to buy a new strap for this watch, I wouldn't worry about buying a 22mm leather strap. When it comes to NATOs, I prefer going with a 20mm width. 20mm leather leaves too much gap and 22mm NATOs look too pinched.
Well, that is about it for now. I VERY MUCH love this Oris so far. I've owned it for just over 24 hrs and it feels like it's still growing on me by the minute. I look at it in the watch box and it feels at home. Can't wait to take many more photos of this watch but for now, wanted to share these.