Oris Diver Sixty-Five: Our favorite 2015 watch under $2,000
The Diver Sixty-Five on a brown NATO.
It's always interesting to see how production models end up varying from the prototypes shown at Baselworld each year. Sometimes a brand will show several versions of the same piece awaiting feedback from press, dealers, and retail customers for use in ultimately making the most popular configuration. Other times, companies will show prototypes that are barely out of the concept stage featuring dummy dials with paper movements. In these instances, it seems that final design choices will only be made if the premise is well received. If not, then the concepts are scratched.
Then there are cases like the Oris Diver Sixty-Five, a watch that received a ton of favorable press in Basel, and was our most pre-ordered watch across all brands under $2,000. The watch was shown at Baselworld in two strap options: a rubber strap designed to look like the 1960s tropic straps, and a NATO strap option. While the watch itself was a breakout hit, almost everyone who pre-ordered the piece chose the rubber strap option over the NATO. Accordingly, Oris went back and redesigned the NATO strap option.
The strap is now a medium brown fabric with metal hardware that one would find on many a NATO strap. However, since the strap isn't long enough to fold over, it doesn't really function like a true NATO strap. This post takes a look at the production version of the Diver Sixty-Five, focusing on the brown textile strap.
Below is a photo of the Diver Sixty-Five on the black strap as shown at Baselworld. It was a relatively thin black fabric strap that featured a slightly different stitch in the middle of the strap and a deployant clasp. The strap was rather subdued and didn't really stand out.
The Diver Sixty-Five prototype at Baselworld on a black NATO strap that was never produced.
A wrist shot of the Diver Sixty-Five on a black tropic strap at Baselworld this year. The NATO prototype with a deployant clasp is in the background. This strap was not brought into production.
The production fabric strap is a much thicker strap and has a uniform pattern. Since the strap uses spring bars and does not thread under the watch head, it doesn't elevate the watch. While the strap features hardware that looks like a NATO strap, the strap isn't long enough for the strap excess to fold over.
Aside from the strap change, all other design details of the Diver Sixty-Five remain the same as presented in Baselworld. The watch features a 40mm case with the same anodized aluminum bezel that has more of a shimmer and 60s feel than would be possible with the more scratch resistant ceramic bezels used in the Aquis series. The cambered sapphire crystal skillfully simulates the feel of 60s acrylic, and it avoids any sharp break or opaque halo effect on the sides. The watch features perfectly symmetrical Arabic indices at twelve, three, six, and nine, save for a slight date cut out at six o'clock. The indices and hands are all colored to simulate the look of patinad radium. Unlike Aquis models, the watch is compatible with any 20mm strap that uses a spring bar. If you don't like this particular strap, there is a world of aftermarket NATOs available to meet your particular tastes.
The Diver Sixty-Five retails for $1,850 on either the rubber or fabric strap. While the watch comes with only one of the two available straps, the other option can be added for around $100.
Full shot of the Diver Sixty-Five on brown NATO.
The hardware of the Diver Sixty-Five on brown NATO.
Details on the underside of the Diver Sixty-Five on brown NATO.
The anodized aluminum bezel of the Diver Sixty-Five.
The fabric strap and the case lugs of the Diver Sixty-Five.
The cambered sapphire crystal of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five.
The caseback of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five featuring the old Oris logo from the original piece in 1965.
A look at the lume of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five.
Wrist shot of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five.
A buckle side look at the strap of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five.
Lug-side view of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five.
Oris Diver Sixty-Five on the rubber strap.
Another view of the Oris Diver Sixty-Five on the rubber strap.