Oris makes splash with largest watch in divers’ collection

Oris has unveiled a new addition to its vintage-inspired steel Divers Sixty-Five collection.

At 42mm in diameter, the new model is the largest of the series and, for the first time, comes with a choice of leather and NATO straps.

As with the Divers Sixty-Five launched last year, the new watch is a direct descendent of one of Oris’s first diver’s watches, introduced in 1965.

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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; Oris was among the leading manufacturers of diving watches at the time.

Oris’s designers have updated the look of the original, retaining a number of retro details, including its slim line case, the thin bezel with 60-minute scale, and a trapezoid date window.

At the same time, the Divers Sixty-Five has all the enhancements of a 21st century diving watch. The black aluminium inlay bezel 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.

For the first time, the Divers Sixty-Five has a dark blue, curved dial, offset by vintage-coloured Super-LumiNova. Also new are the rubbed-down leather and textile NATO straps, both giving the watch a more vintage look.

They join the black rubber strap and stainless steel bracelet options. The case back is engraved with Oris’s historic shield, the company’s emblem during the 1960s.

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