One of the things I like most about Timeless Luxury Watches is that I never feel like a customer there. Vijo, Steve, Dan and Anna always treat me like an old friend regardless of the fact that I've only been there in person a handful of times and most of our correspondence is via email or phone call. My first purchase there was their Limited Edition Nomos (that I'll be doing a long-term review on later this year) and I had the opportunity to pick up my Timeless Oris 65 the very day they arrived at Timeless (and coinciding nicely with their year anniversary at the new store on July 20, 2019).
One of the first things you notice about this version of the Oris 65 is the lack of an ugly date window that mars the regular line of watches and the lovely dark "seaweed" green dial. The dial appears slightly curved and has a wonderful grainy texture to it. It starts as an algae or seaweed color and fades to a dark dark green into black at the edges giving it a lot of character and the graininess gives the owner a lot to look at in direct sunlight. In darker weather or lighting it has a very subdued dark forest green feel and gives it a more reserved tone. Accenting the green is a bronze ring on the circumference of the rotating diving bezel. These accents are mirrored to the bronze colored hands and the applied surrounds around the numerals. Offsetting these two colors are bright white Brashear-style indices as found on their Brashear Limited Edition.
The combination of colors is a pleasant combination of soft green, bright bronze, dull bronze, black and white. The bronze edging of the diving bezel patinas nicely without looking dirty or gaudy and the black and white numerals found around the bezel give plenty of legibility. Top it off with a huge dot of Superluminova at 12 o'clock and I never once had trouble reading the bezel at any position at any time of the day. In fact, the Superluminova (C3 I believe) is so thickly applied that just stepping into my garage mid-afternoon was sufficient to get a great shot of the lume in action.
Usually I need to step into the bathroom without the lights on to get these shots, but not with the Timeless 65. The case is made of regular 316L stainless steel with a solid caseback that's tasteful and sparse hiding the modified Oris Caliber 733 (Sellita SW200-1) inside. At only 12.75mm thick it's pretty darn easy to wear and the bronze is somewhat attention grabbing. Lots of "hey what's that" from people I don't know that well, which is a huge rarity for almost any WIS.
There's very little not to like about the aesthetics of what Timeless has done with Oris on their first collaboration, but I do have one nitpick that's hard to pick up on camera, but very easy to see with the naked eye. The watch sports a hugely domed "bubble-style" sapphire that evokes vintage divers and reflective bronze surrounds and minute indices on the black edge of the dial. The result is that the middle-to-edges of the indices are distorted and it makes the minute marker hard to see accurately. Often times I actually just use the dive bezel in the default setting to be able to reference those indices as they are easier to see when I’m filling out documentation.
The watch is delivered on a leather quick-change strap with an additional "tropic" rubber strap that also has quick-change springbars. This is really the first time I've been truly disappointed with the quality control from Timeless and it makes me wonder if Oris altered the straps between approval of the prototype and delivery. The tropical rubber strap is by far the more comfortable of the two, immediately coming out of the box supple and flexible with enough sizing holes to always get a good fit in just about any condition. However, the ends of the strap are too big for the case of the watch and require you to force them into position clipping the rubber at the ends. The leather band is just an absolute disappointment.
The leather band Oris provides looks good enough but it is incredibly stiff and even as of this writing hasn't really "broken-in" the way I'd like or expect it to. The pin-buckle strap the band comes on has chewed up the entire length of the sized portion. After inspection of the buckle, I cannot find any burrs or sharp edges leaving me to believe the paintwork on the side of the strap is simply sub par compared to higher quality straps. At the end of the day the worst thing about this watch is the easiest thing to fix, I just wish I didn't have to fix it at all considering the watch is less than 6 months old. If I was going to order one today, I'd get it on the bracelet and find a strap from someone who will give you a better experience.
Even with my less than stellar review of the accessories and the slight legibility problem I can't help but wear this one all the time. It's a great looking watch and I've barely taken it off since July. It gets a huge amount of wrist time and a lot of people stop to take a look at it. I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the attention but unfortunately Timeless only made 100 of these so if you like the look of it and you can live with sourcing your own strap, I still recommend you consider one for yourself.